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Central Saint Martins

HABITAT

HABITAT was shown in The Street at Central Saint Martins (15-18 October 2018) and at Metaphonica IV (2 November 2018). It was the outcome of the BEYOND residency in Northumberland (June-July 2018).

Throughout history, humanity has fought to protect proprietary land as a means of enforcing nation states, protecting controlling interests over resources and asserting cultural differences. Our borders have constantly been in flux, used to form alliances and global dominances. We have traveled from above to below the surface of the land in efforts to cultivate and refine the earth and our resources in the name of progress. In the 1960’s we broached new existentialisms in seeking to claim land beyond us, and in turn saw ours from the outside for the first time.

Whilst we now face a shortage of resources and repeat the resonant border conflicts of the past, humanity has entered a new era of externalities in claiming space. By the 2030's we are expected to begin colonising Mars and further expanding our reach across time and space.

Inspired by the residency trip down the Smallcleugh lead mine in Nenthead, Cumbria and the proposed Mars habitats awarded to the renowned architectural firm Foster & Partners, the installation in the Street consisted of a geodesic habitat constructed predominantly of waste materials salvaged from within CSM that interrogated the nature of resource mining, sustainability, and the legacy we are leaving behind us here on earth. The framework of the habitat was constructed of wood and was insulated with cardboard, and other matertials creating a sensory experience of the isolation of our frontier past and future to come. The interior included a sensorial audio installation of sounds recorded below the surface within Smallcleugh mine.

Alongside the constructed habitat, there was a take-over of the public TV screens located throughout the CSM building, broadcasting a video combining footage recorded above and below the ground of Smallcleugh mine.

HABITAT was a Creative Unions funded project.

Borders in flux. An environment developed by MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies.

We have travelled from above to below the surface of the land in efforts to cultivate and refine the earth and our resources in the name of progress. In the 1960s we broached new existentialisms in seeking to claim land beyond us and in turn saw ours from the outside for the first time. Whilst we now face a shortage of resources and repeat the resonant border conflicts of the past, humanity has entered a new era of externalities in claiming space. By the 2030s we are expected to begin colonising Mars and further expanding our reach across time and space.

Participating students: Gabrielle Brooks, James Bryant, Yili Liu, Maria Clara Lorusso, Zelda Montjean-Zen, Lara Orawski, Ana Luiza Pereira Rodrigues, Anamarija Podrebarac, Federico Pompei. Special thanks to Pat Naldi and Jędrek Filuś.