Navel Gazing

Ruminating on ‘gut feelings’ Navel Gazing considers how the body is simultaneously thought to communicate essential truths but that this communication is inherently suspect and not to be trusted.

Developed through research into the history of ventriloquism at the Harry Price Archives, Navel Gazing uses the idea of belly speaking—which was not originally an entertainer’s trick but rather a rumbling sort of prophetic internal speech—to explore the ways we understand and articulate our bodies.

Workshopped through performance exercises with Aby Watson and Joe Howe, Navel Gazing explores science’s predilection for fiction—weaving together personal narrative, archival materials, and contemporary research linking the gut to mental health.

You can read Matter over mind, a new text in response to the work by Alison Scott here