Neudecker’s art & talks on the deep sea at the Wellcome

Posted on 18.04.2015

Mariele Neudecker ‘For Now We See’  exhibition 29th April – 4th May.

Deep Sea talks Saturday 2nd May.

‘On Light’ Wellcome Trust Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Invisible Dust is presenting Mariele Neudecker’s ‘For Now We See’ and curating a series of talks as part of ‘On Light’ May Bank Holiday weekend. This is a weekend series of events illuminating our human relationship with light, part of 2015 International Year of Light.

‘For Now We See’ is a video installation throughout the Wellcome building. It is the result of 16 terabytes of video that has been selected and manipulated by Neudecker from footage taken and lit by cameras in the vast dark expanse of the deep ocean, where sunlight never reaches, attached to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that travelled to a depth of 3000m from the RRS James Cook (a British Royal Research Ship).

Neudecker’s body of work has been produced through conversations with Professor Alex Rogers, a leading world marine biologist at Oxford University. He led a team of UK Universities on expeditions of the South West Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean to find new species, mapping the deep-sea floor that contains some of the world’s least known ecosystems. Parts of which are less known about than the moon.

The videos, taken from the expedition led by Prof. Rogers, shows traces of human activity and debris which has fallen to an incredible depth and which no one was ever supposed to see again. Neudecker meticulously edited the video with the addition of a musical score and other human sounds such as clocks ticking to illustrate that man’s influence has stretched into the world’s most isolated and fascinating marine environments.

Saturday 2 May Three talks on the deep sea curated by Invisible Dust:

14.00-14.30: Shining a Light in the Deep 

Artist Mariele Neudecker and marine biologist Alex Rogers explore ocean conservation, bioluminescence and the sublime.

15.00-15.30: What Lies Beneath 

Literary critic Caroline Edwards and artist Tania Kovats discuss utopian and dystopian tales, science fiction and the subconscious in art and literature at the bottom of the sea.

16.00-16.30: Diving with Robots

Marine ecologist Henry Ruhl and film director David Malone explore how humans are connected to waves and how submersibles equipped with new camera technology provide glimpses of the landscapes and diversity of the deep ocean.

Talk tickets available (max two per person) from 19.00 on Friday 1 and 12.00 on Saturday 2, in the Wellcome Library on level 2. More info: here

For more information visit the Wellcome Collection website.


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