What The Water Gave Us: Code Blue

Laima Arlauskaitė

2020 - Ongoing

"Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries - stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region". (H. Melville)

The project was born out of an enquiry into the personal perpetual anxiety and the way out of it, sometime back in December 2020, stuck on a very strange island, surrounded by the Atlantic.

This is the first chapter of this project, which employs the working scientific concept of "Blue Mind" coined by Dr Wallace J Nichols. It investigates our transformative connection to water and the neuroscientific backing to our very human, millennia-old intuitions, all of which tend to lead to instinctual conclusions that being in, near, on or under water makes us more balanced and more well-rounded human beings.

This (re)search for a scientific toolkit to back up the common intuitions and practice of Blue Mind, a mildly meditative state when exposed to water, is only the beginning of what I feel will become a life-long work.

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