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Catalyst - 3D virtual exhibition by Creative Exchange

Catalyst

Thu, 04/01/2021 to Fri, 04/01/2022

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The Creative Exchange programme has brought together artists and academics at for almost a decade. Offering a platform for creative conversations around ecology, environment and climate change, the programme has resulted in a diverse and fascinating series of collaborative exhibitions within the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting edge research on the University’s Cornwall Campus.

In 2020 - 21 the programme was halted due to the global pandemic. We used the opportunity to look back at past Creative Exchange projects and to create this virtual exhibition celebrating the rich diversity of the collaborations which the programme has fostered. Artists and creative practitioners who have participated in the programme were asked to reflect on how their practices have developed since their Creative Exchange collaborations and invited to exhibit their new work, sharing how they have engaged with the universe. The result is Catalyst, an exhibition showcasing the work of twelve artists and creative teams, which explores how the Creative Exchange has acted as a catalyst for change.

This diverse collection of stories and artworks mirrors the range of research carried out at the ESI. Each work questions our interconnection and dependence on natural and social systems, including organisms on the Antarctic seabed by Roseberry and Slack, lesser spotted flower crab spiders under ultraviolet light by Tim Cockerill, mathematical models of the luminous envelope by Gabrielle Hoad and a 5-channel sound performance next to an ancient standing stone alongside a satellite dish by Sara Bowler. The exhibition also includes a film documenting climate crisis affecting Cornwall’s coast by Rame Peninsular Beach Care, a chance to download The Art and Energy Collectives’ AR app to create a moth for a mass installation at Cop 26 and the opportunity to listen to Bram Arnold Thomas’s layered remix of his ecological podcasts during the ‘lost summer’ of 2020.

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