Invisible Dust

London | Monday 24 November
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About


Invisible Dust projects showreel from 2011-2014. Filmmaker Emma Crouch.

Invisible Dust works with leading artists and scientists to produce unique and exciting works of contemporary art and new scientific ideas exploring our environment and climate change. Follow us: @Invisible_Dust.

Founded in 2009 by Alice Sharp; previously curator of the Fourth Plinth with Antony Gormley. Invisible Dust is a not for profit organisation and has raised over £1 million to commission art projects relating to the environment. We have attracted 300,000 to our projects and 3 million on line through regular coverage in national press.

Including:

- Turner Prize winner 2012 Elizabeth Price as the first artist in residence at the Rutherford Appleton Space Laboratory.

- Invisible Dust commissions by Mariele Neudecker, HighWaterLine and Adam Chodzko are being shown at the National Maritime Museum THINK space, December-June 2015.

- Selected to exhibit Mariele Neudecker’s deep sea videos as part of ESOF, European Science Festival, Copenhagen 2014.

- Curating Synchronicity Earth’s auction at the Biophilia Ball with Monica Chung for the 50th Anniversary of the IUCN Red List 2014.

- Public bat walks around the Olympic perimeter with Jeremy Deller in 2012.

- Rooftop projection in 2012 by Westminster Bridge and UK Environment Audit Committee Houses of Parliament talk by Dryden Goodwin & Professor Frank Kelly.

- We have attracted press coverage from nature, Guardian, the BBC and Huffington Post.

Invisible Dust Founder Alice Sharp with artists Adam Chodzko and Mariele Neudecker

Invisible Dust Founder Alice Sharp, centre, with artists Adam Chodzko and Mariele Neudecker at the British Science Festival in Newcastle in 2013.

Current projects 

‘Invisible Dust in Museums’: National Maritime Museum, Manchester Museum and Woodhorn Museum.

We are working with three UK museums responding to their programmes and collections with artists including Elizabeth Price, Phil Coy, HighWaterLine with Eve Mosher, Owl Project and Laura Harrington .

‘Invisible Heat on the health affects of Climate Change

A series of artists commissions advised by a scientists Professor Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Adam Harris, Experimental Pychologist, UCL, Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Health, King’s College London and Professor Kevin Anderson, Energy and Climate Change, Tyndall and Manchester University.

- Adam Chodzko is developing a new film work on behaviourial psychology and climate change denial for Bristol European Green Capital 2015.

Awards

- Invisible Dust was a finalist in the 2013 Sustain’ magazine awards in the Communications category, other nominations include Land Securities and J. Sainsbury.

- In March 2012 Invisible Dust won the Lord Mayor of London’s UK Sustainable City Award presented for ‘outstanding contributions to enhancing air quality’ for its work in 2011.

- Invisible Dust was one of two organisations in the UK to be awarded a £120,000 from the Large Arts Award by the Wellcome Trust for the ‘Invisible Breath’  project 2010/12.

- Invisible Dust won a ‘Norwich eco award’ from Norwich City Council for artworks and outreach at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in 2011.

Previous projects:

High Water line Bristol – artist Eve Mosher, presented with Creative Catalysts
Residents took part in workshops on climate and flooding resilience and created a public performance  9th-21st September 2014, as they physically drew a line with chalk across pavements of the high water mark set out by scientists of future flooding in Bristol.

‘Invisible Breath’ 2010/12

Invisible Breath a series of art commissions on breathing and air pollution supported by the Wellcome Trust and advised by scientists including Professor Frank Kelly, King’s College London.  HeHe looked at the affects of burning oil through a performance about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster shown on BBC Look East news. Faisal Abdu’Allah’s ‘Double Pendulum’ premiered next to the London Olympic Stadium, and was covered by both the Guardian and the Huffington Post.  Dryden Goodwin’s ‘Breathe’ an animation of 1300 drawings of his five year old son was projected large scale from St Thomas’ Hospital roof opposite the Houses of Parliament covered by Time Out and the Guardian..

Our mission

The mission of Invisible Dust is to encourage awareness of, and meaningful responses to, climate change, air pollution and related health, technological and environmental issues. It achieves this by facilitating a dialogue between visual artists, creative technologists and leading world scientists. Invisible Dust strives, through its creation of high impact and unique arts programmes, alongside developments in new technology and scientific theories, to create an accessible, imaginative and approachable forum and stimulus.

As well as supporting the creation of new scientific ideas, developing the relationships between creative technologists and artists and engaging audiences with large scale events, education and community activities, Invisible Dust’s works seek to raise awareness of the key climate change imperatives and objectives now being tackled by National and International Governments, Policy Makers, Charities, NGO’s, Global Corporations, Investors and Consumer groups.

Concept

Visibility plays a key role in trying to gain an understanding of the need to live sustainably and dramatically reduce climate change. Artists have many ways of making things visible and, particularly since the Land Art movement in the 1960s and 1970s (such as the ephemeral works of Richard Long and Robert Smithson) have responded to changes in the natural environment in a variety of forms.

ICT technologies are increasingly important in promoting low-carbon economic growth. Invisible Dust is developing cross platform commissions to explore what is seen as ‘art,’ and explore the boundaries of art practice and new media. Artists are increasingly exploiting data hacking and real time sensors. ICT has an enormous role to play in assisting how scientists research and monitor our environment and advances of technology such as smart buildings offer new sustainable ways of living.

Joseph Amato writes about ‘the visible world of dust.’ Amato contests that this informs our ‘perceptions of reality’. The invention of cleaning equipment and the modern day obsession with removing it has changed how we live our lives. Once dust was the smallest thing the eye could see, now our relationship with dust has dramatically changed due to powerful microscopic devices. For scientists, society’s transformation took place in the laboratory through the viewing of atoms, molecules, cells, and microbes; this also defined dust and the physical world for the first time but also our view of the human body and mind.

After the congestion charge was first implemented in central London the air became cleaner than before the charge had been implemented but no one could see the evidence, it had to be revealed by subtle statistical analysis. On a global scale the ice caps are melting, coral reefs and rain forests are being destroyed. In order for us to understand the consequences of our actions on the environment as human beings we need to ‘see’ the results.

In his research, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and senior editor of Atmospheric Environment, Peter Brimblecombe from the University of East Anglia has discovered that children’s playgrounds are more polluted than the surrounding area due to the exhaust fumes from the parents’ cars at the school drop off. In addition, Professor Frank Kelly is conducting research into how air pollution effects not only our lungs, but is a cause of heart disease due to small diesel particles passing into the blood.

How can people understand their own effect on the environment when the resulting gases disappear into the sky? Since the industrial revolution there have been huge gains to society but also the creation of many of the gases that are now poisoning the earth. Invisible Dust brings together artists, technologists and scientists to help illuminate these consequences and bring a sense of something human and fantastical to very invisible problems.

Contact  us:

If you would like to contact Invisible Dust please get in touch at hello@invisibledust.com.

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