Online Discussion with Phoebe McBride

20 April 2023


We are looking forward to hosting an online discussion with Phoebe McBride on her recent online commission On Becoming a Water Bat: echoes of an unseen world’ (2023). The commission is available to view on the LUX Scotland website here for the months of March and April.

About the work:

Through an imagined transformation into a Daubenton’s bat, On Becoming a Water Bat: echoes of an unseen world’ journeys through rituals of loss and healing to explore how we can find ways to be with grief and crisis.

The bat is one of many species that, due to the climate crisis, has been forced into evolution at an unnatural pace. The film looks at this shift as a metaphor for premature evolutions through loss- be that personal, or collective – from the pandemic and climate crisis. Set to the backdrop of Aberdeen’s River Dee and visited throughout by the sound of echolocation calls, the work holds an invitation to converse in unknown languages and to bathe in murky waters.

On Becoming a Water Bat: echoes of an unseen world’ (2023) was commissioned as part of LUX Scotland’s Aberdeen programme and was supported by Aberdeen City Council.


The event will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be available via Eventive. To download Zoom, visit here: https://​zoom​.us/​d​o​w​nload

The event will be live captioned by 121 Captions.

The film is available to view in two versions, with or without SDH captions.

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Watching the work in advance

We encourage audiences to watch​‘On Becoming a Water Bat: echoes of an unseen world’ in advance of the discussion event, as the conversation will be focused on this work and audience questions, reflections and contributions are an important part of this event series.​‘On Becoming a Water Bat: echoes of an unseen world’ is available to view on the LUX Scotland website here from 1 March – 30 April 2023.

Participating in the Event

We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.

We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants.

Audiences are encouraged to contribute, and the host will open up the group conversation for questions after a short introduction to the work by the artist. We ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type​‘hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat box to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly.

Online Etiquette

LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.

Image description: A pair of hands turned with their palms facing the sky. The background is a dark rippling body of water.

Phoebe McBride

Phoebe McBride is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and creative practitioner based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her practice is involved in using fiction as a method to explore real, imagined and inaccessible spaces. Currently, her research is interested in the role of fiction in grief-work and navigating ecological loss. Recent projects include Through Smoke and Varnish’ 2022, Wonderland Festival, Aberdeen and Intangible Landscapes’ 2021 – a body of work developed as part of an environmental arts placement with Grampus Heritage, Cyprus.

She holds a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art (2017.)

Closed Captions The event will be live captioned.


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