Walking in open expanses, edgelands and waste spaces, I noticed glass discarded and part-reclaimed by the natural environment. Looking more closely, the pieces began to mirror the lens I was already gazing through and a narrative emerged between science fiction literature, intimacy, the macro and environmental philosophy. Grass, soil, moss and condensation grew between the earth and broken fragments, creating miniature ethereal worlds.
Aware of our increasingly mediated relationship with nature and ongoing ecological abuse, I seek to understand what these human/non-human landscapes and perspectives might reveal about evolving ecologies and hybrid states. Questioning how the glass came to be there, the images also swipe at portraits of missing people and distant lives.
8 x 35mm colour slides, shown below in exhibition installation of photographic single slide viewers. Dungeness, Kent, UK. 2012-2019.
Installation at Envisioning Other Worlds, alongside Sci-fi & Ecologies Reading group led by myself with members of the public.
The Sci-Fi and Ecologies Reading group considered ‘other worlds’ as envisioned within science fiction literature and discussed where such perspectives, concepts and landscapes support and disrupt contemporary ecological writings and concerns.
We read and discussed extracts (provided) from works including: The stars my destination, Alfred Bester; Ubik, Philip K Dick; Roadside Picnic: The Strugatsky Brothers; Solaris, Stanislaw Lem; The Sacred Ways of a Lakota, Black Elk; Elemental Philosophy, David Macauley; Air and Dreams: an essay on the imagination of movement, Gaston Bachelard and Vibrant Matter, Jane Bennett.
RAW Labs/ Bow Arts, London, 2019.