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„Trawiaste” fotografie Heather Ackroyd oraz Dana Harvey’a

26 Czer

We are exploring the capacity of grass to record complex photographic images through the production of chlorophyll. The equivalent of the tonal range in a black-and-white photograph is produced in the yellow and green shades of living grass. Although these organic „photographs” are exhibited in a fresh state for a short time, excessive light or lack of it eventually corrupts the visibility of the image.

Sunbathers, 2000
Photosynthetic „photograph” on grass
dimensions variable

Field Study (Nant yr Eira), źródło fotografii oraz tekst tutaj.

The exhibition at The Mladi Levi Festival in the frame of the network Imagine 2020: Arts and Climate Change.

Our inquiry into how to „fix” these transient images has brought us close involvement with genetics through research with scientists at IGER (Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research) in Wales. These scientists have developed a grass that keeps its green color even under stress. In a naturally occurring variant of grass, they identified a gene for an enzyme that degrades the green pigment chlorophyll, and by modulating the expression of this gene, they were able to alter the grassís aging behavior and even stop it altogether. Through a plant breeding program they have introduced this trait, coined a stay-green, into a rye grass. The application of this grass in our work has subsequently led us to grow photographic canvases and then dry them. While the green blades retain their chlorophyll much more effectively than regular grass, the effects of other processes, such as oxidative bleaching, gradually occur and over time contribute to an irreversible loss of image.
The artistsí participation in this exhibition is made possible by the support of NESTA (National Endowment of Science, Technology and Art, UK).

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, Dilston Grove, 2003

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Radical Nature

9 Kwi

Radical Nature–Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet

19 Jun–18 Oct/09

The beauty and wonder of nature have provided inspiration for artists and architects for centuries. Since the 1960s, the increasingly evident degradation of the natural world and the effects of climate change have brought a new urgency to their responses. Radical Nature is the first exhibition to bring together key figures across different generations who have created utopian works and inspiring solutions for our ever-changing planet.

Radical Nature draws on ideas that have emerged out of Land Art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopianism. The exhibition is designed as one fantastical landscape, with each piece introducing into the gallery space a dramatic portion of nature. Work by pioneering figures such as the architectural collective Ant Farm and visionary architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, artists Joseph Beuys , Agnes Denes , Hans Haacke and Robert Smithson are shown alongside pieces by a younger generation of practitioners including Heather and Ivan Morison, R&Sie(n) , Philippe Rahm architects and Simon Starling. Radical Nature also features specially commissioned and restaged historical installations, some of which are located in the outdoor spaces around the Barbican while a satellite project by the architectural collective EXYZT is situated off site.

Radical Nature – Sustainable Architecture

Radical Nature -Dalston Mill

Radical Nature – Environmental Activism

Radical Nature – Guerrilla Gardening with Richard Reynolds

Tutaj znajdują się nagrania wykładów:

Cape Farewell: Art and Climate Change
Grounds for Gardening
Futureproofing the City
Alasdair Nicolson: The Art of Protest
Who Has the Right to Tell us What to Eat?
Guerilla Gardening

Tree Radical tutaj