Invisible Dust

London | Sunday 21 January
Pollution level: Moderate

Adam Chodzko at Slow Violence

Alice Sharp and Adam Chodzko at Slow Violence

29 November 2017 – 20 January 2018

Art & Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane campus, Hatfield,AL10 9AB, Venue details

Adam Chodzko’s Invisible Dust commissioned film ‘Deep Above’ is currently being shown as part of the University of Herfordshire’s ‘Slow Violence’ exhibition.

‘Deep Above’ explores the psychological gap where we understand that climate change is happening yet remain paralysed from taking action. We appreciate, intellectually, its potentially devastating impact on our planet and yet simultaneously we distance ourselves from feeling this danger, diverting our belief into fantasies that somehow, individually, we are impervious. Chodzko uses moving image and sound to explore, short-circuit and abstract our slippery self-deceptions regarding climate change. Exploring the zones between the rational and irrational, and mind and body, whilst adopting the languages of meditation, hypnosis and ‘self help’. More on Deep Above

Both Adam Chodzko and Invisible Dust Director and Curator Alice Sharp spoke at the Slow Violence Symposium on Wednesday 29 November. Sharp gave a presentation about Invisible Dust and how artists’ work might give us a greater understanding of the need to act over the urgency of climate change; when many of its results are long term. That as humans we are good at reacting to immediate danger but are not evolved to make changes to future threats.

The Slow Violence Exhibition introduces work by eight UK-based artists:

Ackroyd & Harvey, Adam Chodzko, Emma Critchley, Ellie Harrison, Tom James, Katie Paterson, Michael Pinsky and Thomson & Craighead

Working across film, photography, installation and sculpture, the contributing artists challenge us to rethink the prevailing climate change iconography – of melting ice caps or desertification.

Presented with the School of Creative Arts, Slow Violence takes its name and impetus from Rob Nixon’s seminal book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor’ (2013).  Nixon suggests we reject the idea of violence as explosive or sensational, and instead “engage a different kind of violence that is neither spectacular nor instantaneous, but rather incremental and accretive.”

Invisible Dust will be screening Deep Above in different parts of the UK in 2018. If you would like to screen it as part of your event for a fee please contact: olivia@invisibledust.com.

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