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Maison/0 This Earth 2022

Rows of switches and a microphone
Rows of switches and a microphone
Min Zhang, MA Fine Art
Written by
Teleri Lloyd-Jones
Published date
17 June 2022

Now in its second year, the Maison/0 This Earth Award celebrates the power of artistic practice to advocate for nature.

Running alongside the Maison/0 Green Trail, This Earth is devoted to graduating work from the Art programme. This year's winners demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice to respond to the contemporary contexts of climate and diversity emergencies. The jury comprised Carole Collet, Director of Maison/0, Alex Capelli, Deputy Director LVMH Environment, Victor Laroussinie-Passaret LVMH Biodiversity Manager, Alex Schady, Programme Director of Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, Alice Audouin, Chairman and Founder of Art of Change, Ann Caroline Prazan Head of Art, Culture and Heritage and Ali Eisa, Learning and Participation Officer, Autograph

Green digital space with navigation tools, green landscape behind
Neeti Kumar, BA Fine Art

Neeti Kurnaar, BA Fine Art

The VR Climate Change Memorial is a curated WebVR space that brings together work related to climate change from artists around the world. It is made to be an experience that is both educational and engaging. The viewer enters the space into a virtual graveyard set in a post-2050 future where the worst climate predictions have come true; species going extinct, extreme weather conditions, entire cities drowning. The memorial is a space to grieve what has been lost, a virtual escape from the physical world in turmoil.

Composite image of black and white photographs of figure throwing object into sea
Joana Viveiros, MA Art and Science
White fuzzy material on dark stone
Joana Viveiros, MA Art and Science

Joana Viveiros, MA Fine Art

9st is a collaborative project between me and the sea – by using salt extracted from the Atlantic Ocean I intended to create a cyclical practice, a dialogue between the deep symbolism of salt and the concept of ephemeral ecologic artistic practice. In this project salt serves as a metaphor for the fragility of the body, the heaviness of mental illness and social fatphobia that at this point should have been dissolved. The act of giving it back to its own sea turns to be a cathartic ritual of letting go the weight of weighing.

The project is structured by three main materials: salt from the Atlantic Ocean, charcoal found on the site of the release of the salt stones and dracaena draco resin (a tree endemic of Macaronesia). During the course the project these materials found their way to me, establishing a connection between them, my project and a specific period of time of my life.”

Rows of switches and a microphone
Min Zhang, MA Fine Art

Min Zhang, MA Fine Art

"Algorithm Spell is a spell-based interactive device inspired by Chinese shaman, and the work of philosopher, Bernard Stiegler, and his technique ‘pharmakon’. I have found that social media algorithms can be understood as a traditional Chinese form of medicine (pharmakon) that involves shamans and witch doctors. It is capable of shaping one's perceptions, both providing toxicity and healing to people. With this perspective, I have developed my research and practice. I use incantations to embody the influence of algorithms on perception, with microphones and automatic switches becoming the performers of the incantations."

Congratulations to the two highly commended graduates:

Laurane Le Goff, MA Art and Science

Shivani Mathur, MA Art and Science

Explore the Maison/0 This Earth shortlist. Maison/0 is the Central Saint Martins-LVMH creative platform for regenerative luxury. Our partnership is committed to leveraging the agency of creativity and education to help regenerate our climate and biodiversity and to empower emerging talents to design a better future.