Thu, 04 Aug|
ArtBomb presents a special forum with international artists and environmentalists.
TIME & LOCATION
04 Aug 2022, 18:30 – 20:00
Doncaster, Potteric Carr Visitor Centre, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, UK
ABOUT THE EVENT
ArtBomb 22 is Doncaster’s experimental arts festival designed to provoke debate across
current environmental and ecological thinking.
In the lead up to the festival, in collaboration with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s reserve,
Potteric Carr, ArtBomb presents a special forum with international artists and
Donx Dialogues also coincides with the launch of a new video artwork, Full Circle, by Yu-
Donx Dialogues explores the relationships between: fossil fuel; global climate justice and
the interaction between our local, natural and historical environments and our relationship
Dialoguists include: educationalist and curator, Meena Vari; artists, Antony Hall and Yu-
Chen Wang and Chair, author Rob La Frenais.
Newly commissioned artwork Full Circle by Yu-Chen Wang explores Doncaster’s industrial
heritage, where nature and technology collide.
Creating an immersive cinematic video installation, Yu-Chen Wang takes railwayana as a
starting point for exploring Doncaster’s relationship to coal. With the support of local
historians, geologists and environmentalists, this collaborative inquiry into regeneration
and rewilding looks at the landscape surrounding South Yorkshire in the context of two
major crises we are facing: inequality and environment.
Full Circle, although composed of images and places captured locally, asks us to consider
how Doncaster sits within a broader international landscape as we did once before.
Yu-Chen Wang said:
“My work is largely informed by the history of places, collective memories, individuals’
stories, and the relationships I have established with these places and people. Various
methods, including undertaking artist in residencies, conducting field research, developing
collaborations and site-responsive projects across the UK and internationally have served
as important processes for connecting places and people, whilst exploring and
reconfiguring my own evolving cultural identity.”
Andy Dalton, Operations Manager at Potteric Carr added:
“Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to host the ArtBomb festival at Potteric Carr nature
reserve, our green oasis on the fringes of Doncaster. We are excited to welcome friends
old and new – to visit, take a walk, and enjoy the surroundings of our gorgeous reserve:
the perfect backdrop to a celebration of local arts, renewal and the environment.”
Doncaster Creates, creative director, Mike Stubbs added:
“ArtBomb is a necessary catalyst for change and the way we engage with environmental
issues, this event shows that Doncaster and its environs are leading us in a new dialogue
in the race to engage the public and influence the change in habits needed to challenge
the status quo. As a precursor to the ArtBomb festival, Donx Dialogues will introduce the
threats and opportunities as we discuss alternative ecologies in the stark landscape of the
reserve at Potteric Carr.”
Find out more at www.artbombfestival.com
For further information, photos and interviews please contact Antony Pickthall:
email@example.com +44 (0)7809 672452 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Dialoguists:
Meena Vari is an educationalist, consultant and is curator for Contemporary and New
Media Art Practices. Meena Vari is both Dean of School of Media Arts and Sciences and
also Dean of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art,
Design and Technology. Meena also coordinates the activities of the Center for
Experimental Media & Arts (CEMA) and works closely with artists to develop the practice
of Contemporary art practice in Srishti and outside. Since 2004, she has been curating an
annual curatorial project called ‘Srishti Festival of Ideas and Performance’ by inviting
contemporary artists from around the world.
Meena Vari presents: Future of Transportation; an experimental media project at Srishti
Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India, conceived with Dr. Rob
La Frenais. In its three editions, the lab was a collaboration between artists and
undergraduates of art and design. They co-created and developed resolutions, artworks,
manifestos, interventions, and concepts about changing our ways of thinking about
transportation as our climate is rapidly changing, unlearning and rewiring torestructure
existing narratives reflecting upon their own and their communities and experiences.
Yu-Chen Wang is a Taiwanese-British artist who lives and works in London. Her work asks
fundamental questions about human identity at a key point in history, where eco-systems
and techno-systems have become inextricably intertwined. At the same time, her
Taiwanese origins, combined with a London-based career, have created a vision that is
personal and autobiographical. She has exhibited internationally, including at Science
Gallery London, Manchester Art Gallery, FACT(Liverpool), CCCB(Barcelona) and Taipei
Fine Arts Museum, and recently received the Honorary Mention Collide International
Yu-Chen Wang: Full Circle has been commissioned by Doncaster Creates for DGLAM and
explores Doncaster’s industrial heritage, where nature and technology collide. Creating an
immersive cinematic video installation, Yu-Chen Wang took railwayana as a starting point
for exploring Doncaster’s relationship to coal. With the support of local historians,
geologists and environmentalists, this collaborative inquiry into regeneration and rewilding
looks at the landscape surrounding South Yorkshire in the context of two major crises we
are facing: inequality and environment.
Peat bogs, water, coal are dominant features within the local landscape formed through
the layering of time and compression of matter. Pitheads, slag heaps, mining subsidence
and flooding, the edgelands are still full of post-industrial scars and traces. All of which are
revealed through evocative moving images and a soundscape, which portray and reflect
on these problems within a global condition to re-imagine new routes into the future.
The artist’s research focuses on how technologies enable movement of people, goods and
information, as well as exploitation of natural resources and labour; how the land and
ecologies, even our planet, have been altered and transformed through these activities. In
this anthropogenic environment, a new version of nature is emerging—wildlife and
modernity clash, human and non-human worlds entangle—a coevolution of human
communities and their landscapes.
Yu-Chen Wang: Full Circle
2022, 4K video, 14'00"
Antony Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Manchester. Collaborating
with scientists on long term research projects, Hall's work considers human experience
across a broad range of subjects, from communication signals of electrogenic fish and the
phenomenology of hallucination, to listening the sound of moss and ecological surveys.
Antony Hall is presenting Field Station on the streets of Doncaster and at Potteric Carr on
the afternoon of the 4th August for ArtBomb, a mobile ecological laboratory towed by a
bicycle. It will be used for a series of interventions and pop-up wildlife recording surveys
that aim to enhance perceptions and draw attention to the unnoticed and sometimes
invisible non-human inhabitants of the urban environment. Field Station set up at various
'sites of special moss interest' SSMIs (TBC) around Doncaster within cycling distance of
Artbomb. SSMIs will be defined according to their specific micro-environmental and
ecological diversity. SSMI may include pavement walls or lamp posts, for example.
Through the process, I hope to encounter incidental audiences who will help me map
these sites, collect samples and make terrariums, which will then be displayed at Artbomb.
Rob La Frenais is presenting Close to The Water - Let The Boat Sing! Art and rowing don’t
often come together but in this new aquatic performance specially commissioned by
ArtBomb, artist, curator and rower Rob La Frenais will balance a lightweight single sculling
boat (a very fast boat as rowed by Steve Redgrave in the Olympics) in the middle of the
River Don and simultaneously take the audience on a journey through the history of
rowing, class war, decolonisation, speed, gender, rowing and religion, and indigenous
technology while trying very hard not to fall in.
As a rower with 25 years experience he has been trying to bring together artists who also
row in his Wild Rowing social media group and through this he met the renowned artist
Ingrid Pollard (shortlisted for this years Turner Prize) who is not only a rower but has also
made a new video work ‘Rhythm In Hand’, with her rowing club, being shown around the
UK in various galleries. Pollard recently spoke about her experiences as a black rower in a
Guardian interview. A rare experience of a keynote lecture by Pollard, at the Unitarian
Church on Thursday August 11, moderated by La Frenais, will precede his performance
on the surface of the Rover Don on Sunday August 14 which can be seen and heard from
the shore at Doncaster Rowing Club.