Cape Farewell

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<strong>David Buckland </strong><br>Portrait. Jarvis Cocker<br />Photographic print, perspex mounted <br />2010<br /><br />These portraits offer a world beyond the photograph, an insight into how each person sees and constructs the world and importantly how each has formulated their own idiomatic expression of climate change. This is their story, a synthesis between the power of the photograph and the power of the written word.<br />
<strong>Shiro Takatani </strong><br>Ice core<br />Media installation <br />2005<br /><br />This installation presents photographs of part of a 2503m ice-core drilled in 2005 at Dome Fuji in Antarctica.<br /><br />Commissioned by the Natural History Museum of Latvia in Riga, for the exhibition Conversations with Snow and Ice – observation/imagination –, his installation was presented in 2005, as part of a retrospective of the works of the snow and ice scientist Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962). With cooperation of Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, National Institute of Polar Research in Japan, Takeo Hondo, Atsushi Miyamoto, Gorow Wakahama, and Fujiko Nakaya.<br />
<strong>Unfold crated </strong><br>Part of Sam Collin's work 'Sometimes the Journey is Better than the Destination'<br />
<strong>Chris Wainwright </strong><br>Here Comes The Sun – There Goes The Ice<br />Framed ink jet prints on aluminium<br />2010<br />
<strong>Nathan Gallagher </strong><br>Lateral Moraine meets Fjord<br />Archival C-type print on Fuji Matt, mounted on Aluminum<br />2008<br /><br />The barren mountains were unforgiving in appearance; impenetrable, cold, the very benchmark that all things tough should be measured by. The glacier a serpentine mass of relentless crushing power. Like watching a heavyweight boxing match in a slow-motion so that a single drop of brow-sweat would take a year to hit the canvas.<br />
<strong>Daro Montag </strong><br>Leafcutter ant drawing, Amazon rainforest<br />Carbon and oil on pre-used paper<br />2009<br /><br />Leafcutter ants - an organism in motion <br />Harvesting food supplies from a distant location<br />Following ingrained patterns of behaviour.<br /><br />An oily line of carbon disrupts their path.<br />What happens when they encounter this totally unexpected intrusion into their world?<br />What choices do they have?<br />What decisions do they make?<br />Can they learn from experience and adapt to the new circumstances?<br />Can they incorporate this knowledge into their worldview?<br /><br />In what way is our behaviour reflected in that of the ants?<br />In what way does their behaviour mirror ours?<br /><br />What responses will we make as carbon completely changes our world?<br />
<strong>Amy Balkin </strong><br>Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report – Summary for Policymakers<br />Video <br />2008<br /><br />Amy Balkin reads the ‘Summary for Policymakers for the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) on climate change science’. Shot in one long take, the work addresses the intersection of climate change, speech, bureaucracy, and political participation. <br />
<strong>Michèle Noach </strong><br>Through The Ice, Darkly <br />Sets of Lenticular prints <br />2010<br /><br />The first of each pair are elements taken from century-old Norwegian postcards of coastal glaciers. The second of each pair originate from photographs taken on recent visits to the same spots in 2004 and 2009.<br /><br />Thank you to Stein Iversen and The Royal Norwegian Embassy, London for their support.<br />
<strong>Tracey Rowledge </strong><br>Arctic Drawings<br />Black / coloured felt tip on paper<br />2008<br /><br />During the 2008 Cape Farewell Disko Bay Expedition, artist Tracey Rowledge created these drawings by suspending one or more felt-tip pens from underneath the seat of a chair in her cabin over a sheet of paper. Each drawing captures the movement of the boat at different times during the expedition.<br />
<strong>Ian McEwan </strong><br>The Hot Breath of our Civilisation <br />Text on LED display<br />2006<br />
<strong>Installation shot </strong><br>18 May 2010 – 8 June 2010<br />Vienna, Austria<br />University of Applied Arts<br />
<strong>Sam Collins </strong><br>Sometimes the Journey is Better than the Destination<br />Packing Crates, GPS Tracker, Cables, Monitor<br />2010<br /><br />This work is a physical reminder that this exhibition has a journey beyond<br />whatever gallery it is experienced in. It came from somewhere and it will move on to somewhere else, it travels, it takes up space, it requires energy, materials and logistics. It existed prior to this exhibition and it<br />will move on once it closes.<br />
<strong>David Buckland </strong><br>Blue Glacier<br />Photographic print, aluminium mounted<br />2009<br /><br />Broken glacier ice formed by waves and wind probably more than a thousand years old. Its overt sexual representation refers not to the female gendering of 'earth' but the need for a genuine gender balance in the power base of the decision processes. The artist is convinced that this one act alone would significantly redraw society and help balance our climate responsibilities and actions. The image was made to provoke, as is its agenda.<br />
<strong>Nick Edwards </strong><br>Expedition to the Source of the Dollis Brook in search of the consequences of the ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful<br />Inkjet print on paper<br />2009<br /><br />This project explores the familiar and discovers unexpected aspects of our local surroundings, transforming our experience of the everyday life and replacing our mundane existence with an appreciation of the marvelous.<br />
<strong>Leslie Feist </strong><br>Grey, Green, Blue, Black, White, Pink<br />Video<br />2008<br /><br />I thought I’d film some Super 8, and give myself a frame to look at the enormousness through. The whirring sound of the camera made everyone nostalgic for that time when our memories were turned silent by film. It suited the north, turning the groaning and cracking to grainy quiet.<br />
<strong>Lemn Sissay </strong><br>What if?<br />Video<br />2009<br /><br />'What If?' is a powerful examination of the direction that evolution has taken the human race in the 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’. Performed by poet Lemn Sissay in a studio with musicians Gary Crosby and Peter Edwards with shots of  contrasting views of city life and of the fast disappearing Arctic regions, the film asks “what if we got it wrong?”<br /><br />'What If?' is part of Darwin Originals produced by Artsadmin and DVDance.<br />
<strong>Ackroyd & Harvey </strong><br>Storm Drawings<br />2 ink on paper / 2 luminescent paint<br />2007<br /><br />The ‘automatic’ drawings were created by Dan Harvey during a violent storm<br />whilst crossing the Greenland Sea on board the Noorderlicht. A ball soaked<br />in ink (drawings 1-2) and luminescent paint (drawings 3-4) was placed directly onto seawater soaked paper.<br />
<strong>Brenndan McGuire </strong><br>The River<br />Video loop<br />2010<br /><br />The River is shot with a cheap point and shoot camera and embellished with a soundtrack containing some ambient, original music and sounds that I recorded in the jungle. I tried to capture the feelings and nostalgia that I have for the journey down the river.<br />
<strong>Adriane Colburn </strong><br>Forest for the Trees<br />Paper, ink jet prints, aluminium, steel, ink, paint<br />2010<br /><br />Forest for the Trees is a meditation on the complex relationship between nature and industry; sustained land vs. commodified land; matter on the surface of the earth vs. the matter below ground; the morphing of the forest into an industrial landscape; and the fine lines between use and exploitation.<br />
<strong>Lemn Sissay </strong><br>What if?<br />Video<br />2009<br /><br />'What If?' is a powerful examination of the direction that evolution has taken the human race in the 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’. Performed by poet Lemn Sissay in a studio with musicians Gary Crosby and Peter Edwards with shots of  contrasting views of city life and of the fast disappearing Arctic regions, the film asks “what if we got it wrong?”<br /><br />'What If?' is part of Darwin Originals produced by Artsadmin and DVDance.<br />
<strong>Ian McEwan </strong><br>The Hot Breath of our Civilisation <br />Text on LED display<br />2006<br />
<strong>Ackroyd & Harvey </strong><br>Storm Drawings<br />2 ink on paper / 2 luminescent paint<br />2007<br /><br />The ‘automatic’ drawings were created by Dan Harvey during a violent storm<br />whilst crossing the Greenland Sea on board the Noorderlicht. A ball soaked<br />in ink (drawings 1-2) and luminescent paint (drawings 3-4) was placed directly onto seawater soaked paper.<br />
<strong>Clare Twoney </strong><br>Specimen<br />Un-fired China Clay<br />2009<br /><br />Specimen is made of unfired China Clay flowers that have been made by the traditional flower makers in Stoke-on-Trent. These skills are now as vulnerable as these delicate flowers. The journey that these flowers make will damage, if not destroy them, they are a remnant of the past honouring something we cannot save.<br /><br />Supported by Aynsley China Ltd.<br />
<strong>Chris Wainwright </strong><br>Red Ice 3<br />Colour C Type print on aluminium<br />2009
<strong>Marije de Hass </strong><br>Wellness over time<br />Inkjet print on paper<br />2010<br /><br />During the 2009 Cape Farewell trip to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon, Marije tracked the crew’s physical reaction to the various climate extremes they were put through; altitude, humidity, cold, heat, diet, wildlife and exertion. The results are logged on this chart showing the intensity of the crew’s experiences.<br />
<strong>Unfold crated </strong><br>Part of Sam Collin's work 'Sometimes the Journey is Better than the Destination'<br />
<strong>Amy Balkin </strong><br>Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report – Summary for Policymakers<br />Video <br />2008<br /><br />Amy Balkin reads the ‘Summary for Policymakers for the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) on climate change science’. Shot in one long take, the work addresses the intersection of climate change, speech, bureaucracy, and political participation. <br />
<strong>Francesca Galeazzi </strong><br>Justifying Bad Behaviour. Performance<br />2 Digital prints on Perspex, Aluminium mounted<br /><br />These images are made in a short window of time when the power of the video projector matches the light of dawn, when there is both message and ice. This fleeting moment of human excess is so short, two hundred years, but for the glacier it is barely a single breath taken.<br />
<strong>David Buckland </strong><br>Portrait. Jarvis Cocker<br />Photographic print, perspex mounted <br />2010<br /><br />These portraits offer a world beyond the photograph, an insight into how each person sees and constructs the world and importantly how each has formulated their own idiomatic expression of climate change. This is their story, a synthesis between the power of the photograph and the power of the written word.<br />
<strong>Nick Edwards </strong><br>Expedition to the Source of the Dollis Brook in search of the consequences of the ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful<br />Inkjet print on paper<br />2009<br /><br />This project explores the familiar and discovers unexpected aspects of our local surroundings, transforming our experience of the everyday life and replacing our mundane existence with an appreciation of the marvelous.<br />
<strong>Daro Montag </strong><br>Leafcutter ant drawing, Amazon rainforest<br />Carbon and oil on pre-used paper<br />2009<br /><br />Leafcutter ants - an organism in motion <br />Harvesting food supplies from a distant location<br />Following ingrained patterns of behaviour.<br /><br />An oily line of carbon disrupts their path.<br />What happens when they encounter this totally unexpected intrusion into their world?<br />What choices do they have?<br />What decisions do they make?<br />Can they learn from experience and adapt to the new circumstances?<br />Can they incorporate this knowledge into their worldview?<br /><br />In what way is our behaviour reflected in that of the ants?<br />In what way does their behaviour mirror ours?<br /><br />What responses will we make as carbon completely changes our world?<br />
<strong>Installation shot </strong><br>18 May 2010 – 8 June 2010<br />Vienna, Austria<br />University of Applied Arts<br />
<strong>Chris Wainwright </strong><br>Here Comes The Sun – There Goes The Ice<br />Framed ink jet prints on aluminium<br />2010<br />
<strong>Michèle Noach </strong><br>Through The Ice, Darkly <br />Sets of Lenticular prints <br />2010<br /><br />The first of each pair are elements taken from century-old Norwegian postcards of coastal glaciers. The second of each pair originate from photographs taken on recent visits to the same spots in 2004 and 2009.<br /><br />Thank you to Stein Iversen and The Royal Norwegian Embassy, London for their support.<br />
<strong>Lucy    Jorge Orta </strong><br>Vitrine – Amazonia<br />Steel structure, copper tube, tap, laminated Lambda photograph, 4 OrtaWater bottles, 2 floats, 2 flasks, aluminium cup <br />2010<br /><br />Vitrine makes reference to the artist’s longstanding research focus on the subject of water, containing bottles from their water purification projects in Rotterdam and Venice, as well as the iconic pierced gourds and containers.<br />
<strong>David Buckland </strong><br>Blue Glacier<br />Photographic print, aluminium mounted<br />2009<br /><br />Broken glacier ice formed by waves and wind probably more than a thousand years old. Its overt sexual representation refers not to the female gendering of 'earth' but the need for a genuine gender balance in the power base of the decision processes. The artist is convinced that this one act alone would significantly redraw society and help balance our climate responsibilities and actions. The image was made to provoke, as is its agenda.<br />

U-n-f-o-l-d

We intend to communicate through art works our understanding of the changing climate on a human scale, so that our individual lives can have meaning in what is a global problem.
David Buckland

Unfold exhibits the work of twenty-five artists who have participated in the Cape Farewell expeditions in 2007 and 2008 to the High Arctic and in 2009 to the Andes. Each artist witnessed firsthand the dramatic and fragile environmental tipping points of climate change. Their innovative, independent and collective responses explore the physical, emotional and political dimensions of our complex and changing world stressed by profligate human activity.

This body of work addresses a new process of thinking where artists play an informed and significant role through creating a cultural shift, a challenge to evolve and inspire a symbiotic contract with our spiritual and physical world.

The exhbition has toured extensively and was last to be seen in China at CAFA in Beijing. Read what the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and the China Daily had to say aobut it.

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Some events of the series of exciting lectures, panels and special events that took place in New York are broadcasted on newschoolradio.org.
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New Generation - SHORTCOURSE/UK

Unfold is part of our New Generation programme, a groundbreaking initiative that could help reform society’s notions of what art education can be. It will question ideas of what it is to be an artist in a world of fast-evolving social and cultural change.
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Publication - £26.99


Unfold. A Cultural Response to Cimate Change profiles the work of the artists in the exhibition and also proposes a number of creative and innovative responses to climate change aimed at stimulating discourse and a wider engagement with the climate debate. The texts by Gerald Bast, Steve Kapelke, Chris Rapley, David Buckland, Chris Wainwright and Helga Kromp-Kolb provoke, within an educational context, a discussion around what are the legitimate agendas for arts education and arts practitioners, in relation to some of the most pressing and urgent issues of our times. The publication has been made possible through a unique collaboration between Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of University of the Arts London, Columbia College Chicago and University of Applied Arts Vienna, in partnership with Cape Farewell.

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Unfold. A Cultural Response to Climate Change
Buckland, David; Wainwright, Chris (Eds.)
1st Edition, 2010, 120 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-7091-0220-6
£26.99

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Calendar

  • 29 May - 19 June 2013
    The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing
  • 8 Mar - 26 Apr 2012
    Liverpool, UK
    Liverpool John Moores University
  • 30 Sept - 15 Dec 2011
    New York, USA
    Parsons The New School for Design
  • 16 Mar – 23 Apr 2011
    Columbia College Chicago, USA:
    Museum of Contemporary Photography
    The Glass Curtain Gallery
  • 26 Nov 2010 - 22 Jan 2011
    Newlyn / Penzance, UK
    University College Falmouth:
    Newlyn Art Gallery
  • 8 Oct – 12 Nov 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    University Gallery Northumbria
  • 20 Aug – 2 Oct 2010
    London, UK
    Kings Place Gallery
  • 18 May – 8 June 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    University of Applied Arts