Nico Kos Earle in conversation
Blue Minds Festival
Zone 7 - Sloane Sq + King's Rd
BLUE MINDS Gallery, 127 Sloane Street, SW1 X9AS
Fri 25 June - 11am-12pm
Curatorial conversation with Mariele Neudecker and Emma Critchley | All proceeds go to the Blue Marine Foundation
Mariele Neudecker is a German artist who lives and works in Bristol. Using a broad range of media - sculpture, installation, film and photography - her practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural world. Interested in landscape representations within the Northern Euro- pean Romantic tradition, she explores contemporary notions of the Sublime. Central to her practice is the human element and our relationship to landscape; how these images are used metaphorically for human psychology. Mariele Neudecker’s last installation was at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, And then the World Changed Colour: Breathing Yellow. For Blue Minds she is showing “Nothing will stay the same” - we see a little fragment world, changing and evolving at different times of the day, responding to the light conditions surrounding it. Deeply sensitive to how colour can illustrate balance or discord in the natural world, she creates a watery scenario of what might happen beneath the waves, and focuses our mind.
Emma Critchley is a British artist who uses a combination of photography, film, sound and installation to explore the human relationship with the underwater environment as a political, philosophical and environmental space. A Royal College of Art alumni she has developed works funded by organisations including The National Media Museum, Arts Council England, and the European Regional Development Fund. Her work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally in galleries and institutions including The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, BALTIC Centre for Contem- porary Art and Tate St Ives. In 2019 she completed a short film ‘Common Heritage’, about the imminent threat of deep-sea mining for rare earth minerals, with experts in deep sea ecology and law at the National Oceanog- raphy Centre and Universities of Plymouth & Southampton. In collaboration with artist Lee Berwick, Emma has developed a large-scale public soundscape about underwater acoustic pollution, working with organisations including the British Antarctic Survey, the Californian Ocean Alliance and the National Maritime Museum. In 2019, Emma was the winner of the EARTH WATER SKY residency programme with Science Gallery Venice, for her Ice Memory Project. The resulting 2-screen film installation was launched in the official Italian virtual pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.