Heterotopias and Other Domestic Landscapes, Mariele Neudecker
Location: Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, BN3 1EH
Exhibition: 12-6pm Thurs – Sun, 4th-26th May 2013
Mariele Neudeker’s Deep sea and Arctic works created with scientists and the curatorial support of Invisible Dust over the past 3 years were shown at HOUSE 2013, Brighton Festival (for which she was the lead artist). Neudecker spoke on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Start of the week’ about the project with author and Guest Director of Brighton Festival Michael Rosen.
HOUSE 2013 was curated by Guest Curator Celia Davies and also included commissioned responses to Neudecker’s work by artists Andrew Kotting with Anonymous Bosch, Emma Critchley, Dylan Shipton & Ben Fitton and David Wightman.
Heterotopias and Other Domestic Landscapes was Mariele Neudecker’s latest installation and was held over three floors. This included her first work from her collaboration with Professor Alex Rogers The Great Day of His Wrath. This was a 2-channel video installation and mirror and a series of small monitors situated in the old wine cellar, kitchen and servants’ quarters. The works revealed the world’s most isolated marine environments rarely accessible to humans.
After HOUSE 2013 Invisible Dust is planning on presenting her work at the British Science Festival in Newcastle in September 2013 and in London in 2014.
Mariele Neudecker has worked with a deep sea scientist and taken a journey to the Arctic to create the works for HOUSE 2013.
Mariele Neudecker has been collaborating with Dr Alex Rogers, a leading world marine biologist at Oxford University creating artworks around Rogers research into deep sea exploration which contains some of the world’s unknown ecosystems.
Neudecker’s artwork engages with unknowable murky spaces and landscapes often exploring the subconscious. She has been in discussions with Roger’s about our perceptions of the deep sea and how he feels as a scientist researching such an unexplored area, with comparisons to outer space in terms of our knowledge and understanding. Roger’s has given Neudecker access to his video footage whilst he was on the RRS James Cook, examples include the sun setting behind their deep sea mountain range at 200m below the water.
Dr Rogers led an international trip on the RSS James Cook ship to the Indian Ocean in November 2011 to find deep water trenches. He is investigating the marine life that live 1000’s of metres below the surface where hot sulphuric water shoots up through deep sea chimneys into the deep sea heated by the earth’s crust, in complete darkness. It is a place where only the hardiest of plants and animals can survive and we still have very little information about what is there, much less than the moon. Once the trench is found, which can take weeks, they send an unmanned submersible with cameras and robotic arms to take specimens.
Roger’s set up IPSO, the International Programme on the State of the Ocean. Currently, the Ocean is in a critical state of health. If it continues to decline, it will reach a point where it can no longer function effectively and our planet will be unable to sustain the ecosystems that support humankind.
See the Deep Water seamount expedition blog.
Mariele Neudecker‘s Arctic project explores the sublime landscape of Greenland and its role in shaping Inuit culture. As part of her research in 2012 she spent one month in the remote region and took part in a dog sled hunting expedition to Northwest Greenland. Her artworks are based on the journey’s experiences and sights and is a collaboration with explorer and prolific nature writer Gretel Ehrlich, who has spent much of the last 16 years traveling in Greenland and the Arctic.
“The intention was to capture the lifestyle of the Inuit people and deconstruct the elements that allow them to survive within these extreme climates” said Neudecker. Working from the latest to earliest technologies in a timeline, she recorded visual images with digital, analogue, single use and pinhole cameras, light-tight bags and drawings.
Neudecker is also presenting work in a separate exhibition ‘The Air Itself is One Vast Library‘ at Lighthouse for Brighton Festival.
More info, visit: HOUSE