The Prosumer Chronicles @ The Great Medical Disaster in Manchester

In January I recently showed some new works alongside Liverpool based Artist Dave Evans at The Great Medical Disaster in Manchester. Invited by the artist run curatoral project Suckerpunch.biz the exhibition was supported by Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces

Large scale monotype relief prints made from plastic pallet wrap define a Tetris like landscape system that is inhabited by Numatic Cube sculptures and Concrete Jack multiples cast from discarded consumer packaging.

‘The Prosumer Chronicles‘ brings together prints, digital and sculptural work by White Wizard founder Dave Evans and London based artist Robin Tarbet. Both artists deal with the residue of technological progress, things such as polystyrene packaging and errant radio waves, using these by-products to explore the implications of perpetual growth”

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Back from the Atacama Desert

I returned in December from the three week art residency with La Wayaka and 8 other artists from all over the world, and it’s taken some time to adapt to being back!

The Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is extraordinary… immense, some incredible rock formations and spread of textures and materials on the ground: from sand to the salt flats of the Salar (which is where Lithium extraction happens). Part of my intention was find out more about the impact of lithium extraction soon the indigenous community inside the broader context of Lithium being termed ‘the new oil’ as companies like Tesla turn to the production of electric cars on a large scale as the ‘green future’.

Lithium production in the Lithium Triangle (Chile, Bolivia and Argentina) requires a lot of water which travels through miles and miles of black piping from the Andes to the plants. At the same time, local indigenous communities, which are found in the many small oases scattered across the desert, depend on this water for their survival and livelihood. The relationship between the Lithium plants and the communities is tenuous and tense as each of them seek to reach ‘a working balance’. And many communities feel that they have been ill-informed about the agreements that have been drawn up and agreed.

I collected material, took lots of photographs and some video and sound of my time there and will write more again. However, La Wayaka have been successful in securing Guest Projects in London for July to August and I am submitting work for that: photographic and some video which is currently in progress…. and I’ll share more about that as it progresses.

 

NOVA Welsh Art Exhibition moves to Aberystwyth

‘Nuclear Decay’ by Jessica Lloyd-Jones is now on show at Aberystwyth Art Centre as part of NOVA Welsh Art Exhibition
25 January- 1 April 2018 
 
‘Nuclear Decay’ is a corroded cast replica of a Magnox nuclear fuel element, developed in response to the decommissioning of Wylfa Nuclear power station, Anglesey. Nova aims to support and promote excellence in emerging Welsh art. Selected artists are part of the inaugural Nova exhibition 2017 which is currently on show at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 
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Also in the show is Alana Tyson’s ‘Look After Each Other’ vinyl floor piece, Welsh language version, see below.
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Hinkley Point, the story so far

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/21/hinkley-point-c-dreadful-deal-behind-worlds-most-expensive-power-plant

Click on the link above for an overview of the Hinkley Point story.

In the meantime in Anglesey Horizon have applied for planning permission to remove all hedges, walls and natural features from a massive area just so as to be ready to build a new NPS should they get the go-ahead. Of course they are recording everything and plan to rebuild and replant every missing item should they be unsuccessful in their project. I am trying to get hold of their records – an item by item drawing of everything down to the last hedgerow plant and stone should be quite interesting.

Sonic Radiations: In search of a nuclear musicology

A selection of radioactive vinyl. Commissioned by Z33 House For Contemporary Art in the context of the expo ‘Perpetual Uncertainty’.

It’s a trip through children’s records about atomic energy, pro-nuclear interviews, thematic ‘library music’ and toxic electronics. In addition a small brochure with liner notes on each selection will be available at the expo, a comprehensive and diverse exhibition on a delicate but controversial topic.

Discussion of work including Power in the Land at Oriel Môn

Last night I was invited to speak to a group of people interested in contemporary art (CCC Môn) at Oriel Môn, Llangefni. The meeting provided an opportunity to talk about my work around running and the body, Power in the Land and also the upcoming residency in Chile. The meeting was in welsh and it was great to be able to talk with artists, the Director of Oriel Môn, the Collections Manager (Ian who supported us with the archival exhibition) and many others about the various work and in particular Power in the Land. There was a good discussion afterwards including the future of Wylfa (both sites) and issues surrounding it. Many thanks to Brenda and Tecs.

My research continues around Lithium and its production in the Atacama Desert – requesting entry to one of the plants in particular. Lithium is termed as the ‘new petroleum’ given its vital role in the manufacture of rechargeable batteries for electric cars. It is a highly desirable mineral! Chile and Bolivia are currently major producers and the effectiveness of producing lithium carbonate from salt brines is so favourable that most hard rock mining operations have been priced out of the market.

Lithium production in the Atacama Desert

Lithium Production Plant, Atacama Desert, Chile