Ahilapalapa Rands and Fiona MacDonald: Feral Practice
7th July – 24th August 2018, Whitby Library, Windsor Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1ET.
The ‘Encounters’ exhibition is part of worldwide events on the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific in 1768, artists Ahilapalapa Rands and Fiona MacDonald: Feral Practice are creating new commissions for Whitby Library exploring the scientific and artistic impacts of Cook’s voyage, and the shared histories of encounter between Cook and the Peoples of the Pacific.
Encounters Exhibition artworks:
The Oceanic Reading Room by Ahilapalapa Rands
‘Aʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi’
All knowledge is not taught in one school – Hawaiian Proverb
In The Oceanic Reading Room, New Zealand artist Ahilapalapa Rands introduces us to ways in which knowledge and learning is gathered and shared by some of the indigenous peoples from the Pacific Islands.
Through film, maps, books, quotations and interviews, Ahilapalapa Rands creates a library within a library, a comfortable and welcoming space in which to explore art, science and research from a non-Western perspective. By looking at different ways of holding and acquiring knowledge we can start to find different ways of accessing our shared histories and make space for our sometimes shared, sometimes distinct world views.
Plant Hunting by Fiona MacDonald: Feral Practice
What might it mean to ‘hunt a plant’ in the 21st Century? Plant Hunting is an artistic and scientific exploration, reminiscent of that undertaken by botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, and artist Sydney Parkinson, aboard Cook’s Endeavour, and recognises that while systems of knowledge and modern technologies can vastly increase our understanding of these plants that fascinate us, there will always remain some excess, mystery, and a potential to know more.
Plant Hunting is an immersive installation examining plants that grow in Whitby today, but have their origins in the Pacific. Alongside personal visual investigations, Fiona has invited local experts who have a specific perspective and interest in plants, to describe these same plants using the technical language of their discipline.
‘Encounters’ opened together with events all over Whitby at the Cook 250 Whitby Festival over the weekend of 7th and 8th July 2018.
The exhibition opening was accompanied by a lively programme of events including a talk from British Library Curator Dr. William Frame and an in-conversation event with award-winning, international bestselling author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley. The programme also included an introduction to a new Invisible Dust project, Many Hands, curated by Invisible Dust’s Young Curators, Layla Hendow and Natalie Lee and Under Her Eye Fellow, Yasmine Akim.
Click here for information on the events from the weekend.
For library opening times go to: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/whitby-library or call 01609 534350.
‘Encounters’ was created in partnership with North Yorkshire Library and Information Service and is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust with support from Scarborough Borough Council.