Virtual Studio Visit
This is a virtual studio space for discovery. Like while visiting an artist studio, this space is full of gestures and ideas that are slow cooking, slowly gathering depth of flavour. This is a virtual space for curators & friends to dream possibilities and offer their knowledge.
Around 1200 copper components, copper cable, fused plug.
Symbols: Traditional Viana’s heart – Knives featuring Laidlomycin & Tylosin, antibiotic formulas to treat beef cattle and chicken respectively.
Waximus Propietary Formulae. Wax apple
Disaster capitalism. Politics of food. Ecological grief. Feminism
“Be fruitful and multiply; and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”…“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.” The Bible. Old testament. Genesis 1:28
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” The Bible. Old testament. Genesis 3:6. The Fall
“For many years now, giant retailers have been putting local farmers out of business in their drive to increase profits. Policies such as flying English apples to South Africa to be waxed and polished before returning to the supermarkets to be sold as “local” English produce are commonplace in supermarkets and mock the “food miles” debate”. The Guardian
“The materials used to wax produce depend to some extent on regulations in the country of production and/or export. Both natural waxes (carnauba, shellac, or resin and petroleum-based waxes (usually proprietary formulae) are used, and often more than one wax is combined to create the desired properties for the fruit or vegetable being treated. Wax may be applied in a volatile petroleum-based solvent but is now more commonly applied via a water-based emulsion. Blended paraffin waxes applied as an oil or paste are often used on vegetables. ” Wikipedia
mercury & silver/ Mercury & gold amalgam explorations
Supported by Professor Mark P Hector
Dean of Dentistry and Boyd Professor of Dental Surgery. School of Dentistry
University of Dundee. Scotland
“Much of the mercury released into the environment is the result of small-scale and artisanal gold mining (ASGM). Mercury used in the gold separation process (known as “amalgamation”) results in the discharge of an estimated 1,000 tons of mercury annually, representing about 30% of the world’s anthropogenic mercury releases according to United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)… Once mercury pollution reaches waterways, it is transform into methylmercury—one of the most toxic organic compounds and a powerful neurotoxin. According to UNIDO, as much as 95 percent of all mercury used in ASGM mining is released into the environment.”
Tiles, made out of broken crockery plaster and ash
‘Domestic Homicides’ is a wall piece of 81 tiles made from broken crockery that are rooted in plaster with concrete. They represent women deaths from domestic crime from year 2019 to April 2020. As an indexical sign, the broken plates are a signifier of being abused. Each tile is made of different broken china with varying designs to personify the uniqueness of the individual victims. Emotionally, the paradoxical beauty of sharp edges reinforces a sense of malice while serving as a reminder of the marks that trauma leaves on one’s psyche.
Reading & Listening
LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS!!!
e-flux . Journal #55 – May 2014
Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery
The patterning Instinct
The energy‐extractives nexus and the just transition. Conflict minerals.
About intangible cultural heritage. UNESCO
Minería Artesanal Ancestral Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de Colombia (MIAA)/Artisanal mining and intangible cultural heritage in Colombia.
Talking & Brainstorming With
Neila Castillo. Antropologist. Colombia. “Artisanal mining and intangible cultural heritage in Colombia.”
David Hargreaves. Chartered Mining Engineer, Fellow of the Geological Society and the Institute of Mining, Minerals and Materials, and a member of the Royal Institution. He was a representative to the House of Commons Select Committee on Strategically Important Metals.
Marlene Melo, Josy Melo, Joanna Melo, sisters of Eliane Melo, killed in the dam disaster in Brazil (see project above).
We have created a chat to see how they can support me with knowledge and materials.
Quiet Down There. Art organisation.
Facilitating conversations with Women Support Centre Surrey and Brighton Women’s Centre.
For the “Blunt blades Exchange” project. See above for info on the project.
Charlie Levine. Curator.
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