The Freediving And Art Worlds Collide In Exhibit Opening In London

Under by Martina Amati
Under by Martina Amati

Freediving and the Art World collide in London starting this week.  Artist and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Martina Amati is opening her exhibit Under at the University of Westminster.

Amati is returning to her artistic roots to express her lifelong passion for Freediving with a mesmerizing multi-screen installation that immerses the audience in her vision. Under aims to bring the experience of Freediving into an urban landscape and give viewers the sensation of being submerged beneath the water as they gaze up at a massive screen hovering just above their heads.

Amati had this to say in a statement:

“I am a filmmaker and a freediver, I dive to 30 meters depth – the height of a 10-storey skyscraper – on a single breath of air. I am not a champion and I have never competed. I freedive in order to find my deeper truth. I let go of everything and enter a totally new world, where I need to fully relax and be in the moment, to find my stillness in order to consume as little oxygen as possible. It is a form of meditation that stimulates my creative process. Each dive is a discovery, where I open myself to unfamiliar sensations and feelings. The water saved my life, twice, when I found myself in my darkest places. Outside the water I try, I imitate, I struggle, I pretend. Underwater I am. With Under I want to share this experience with others.”

You can see a trailer below and visit the exhibition for free between 26 September – 11 October 2015 (Opening times: Monday to Friday 11am-7pm Saturday-Sunday 12-6pm) at Ambika P3 in the University of Westminster (nearest Tube: Baker Street).

More information at www.under-installation.com

Stephan Whelan

Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

1 COMMENT

  1. Hello Stephan, huge thanks for your story on UNDER. I would love to add that: British Champion LIV PHILIP is UNDER’s freediving technical director and she stars alongside myslef in the films; DAAN VERHOEVEN is the cinematographer; Icelandic composer GUNNLAUG THORVALDSDOTTIR created and designed the soundscape. UNDER would not exist without these three people. UNDER was shot ‘in one breath of air’ on location @Freediving World, Egypt 2015

    ciao, ama

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