FOLLOWING the success of international residency programme Art for the Environment (AER), UAL and Bow Arts are partnering to present a nine-week AER residency this January. Curated by Camilla Palestra, the exhibition features the work of six artists who explore the human impact on the natural world through a range of mediums including film, sound and interactive installation.
Artists Matt Parker, Nana Maiolini and Magz Hall employ the medium of sound. In a soundscape of the protected landscape at Joya: arte + ecología in Spain, Parker highlights how phones searching for signal disrupt its natural sound. Maiolini records the crackle of once lush flowers, roots and leaves that have been dried by desertification. Hall’s work creates a space for visitors to record their dreams by the themes of earth, air, fire and water.
Noemi Niederhauser and Matteo Valerio explore the relationship between commercial processes and manufacturing. Niederhauser investigates our use and discard of material and Valerio demonstrates tensions between artisan practice and the pace of modern production.
The sixth artist, Annabel Duggleby, explores the commodification of nature by following the historical narratives of Victorian plant-hunters and seed patenting.
An accompanying event programme features hands-on recycling workshops, discussions and interactive recording sessions.
Established by Professor Lucy Orta, UAL Chair of Art and the Environment in 2015, the AER programme invites artists to explore subjects that relate human society to the environment, including sustainability, biodiversity, social economy and human rights.
by Rosie Byers
The Bow Arts exhibition is at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
A private view will take place on January 25 from 6pm-9pm, and the exhibition will be open to the public from January 26 until March 18, 2018.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm, and admission is free.
Bow Arts Trust was established in 1995 as an educational arts charity. The organisation currently supports over 500 artists with affordable workspaces, and run the Nunnery Gallery event and exhibition space.