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World Wetlands Day was marked on February 2nd in the ASN studios by three presentations linking creative practices and wetland conservation in Scotland and South East Asia.

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Nadiah Rosli gave background information to the South East Asian Haze, which could be seen from space and was caused by illegal burning of tropical peat swamp forests for plantation of palm oil and pulp paper. Arriving for postgraduate study in Scotland in one of the worst Haze Years of 2015, Nadiah spoke about how she then realised how the restrictions posed by smoke had become to seem ‘normal’ for her friends and family in Malaysia. People in cities like Kuala Lumpur (thousands of miles from the fires in the Indonesian region, Sumatra) had begun to take it for granted that their shadows had disappeared because of the smoke in the air, and to use social media to record great joy (using the Arabic phrase Alhamdulillah) if small patches of blue sky appeared during the Haze season.

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Showing the participants of the strange smell of a palm oil sample, Mungki Dewi talked about how she began to work with palm oil as a material during the first year of her ASN Masters programme. An exhibition at the ECCI during the 2016 Edinburgh Science Festival included her artwork, Hand. At first sight viewers might see the shape as a human hand, but looking close up you can see it cannot be. The orangutan handprint was made of palm oil, which has a strong odour that offers another sense to the work. Orangutans are badly affected when their swamp forest homes are burnt, and Mungki’s work speaks the irony of human, who is biologically closely related to apes, was the one that caused the loss of their habitat.

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Kate Foster explored how she might respond to the degradation of wetlands in South East Asia from her base in Southern Scotland. An earlier piece, Lac-Tek explored how orphaned lambs consume tropical palm oil as one of the ingredients of artificial ewe’s milk, dispensed by a machine on a Scottish Borders farm. Her collaborative work with Nadiah for 2015 ArtCOP addressed “Questions of Scale” and sought ways to connect different places over time. Kate suggested further ways to make links through her new work on peat land restoration with the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.

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The second part of the event was an exchange of palm oil-free food, rujak/rojak buah (Indonesian/Malaysian fruit salad with sweet peanut sauce) served together with Selkirk bannock from the Scottish Borders.

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Mungki Dewi is a postgraduate student from Indonesia at Edinburgh College of Art in the second year of the Art Space Nature programme.

Kate Foster is an environmental artist developing a peatland project with Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership in Scotland, linking this to tropical peatlands through a M.Res. in Interdisciplinary Creative Practice at Edinburgh College of Art. Further info: http://www.inthepresenttense.net

Nadiah Rosli is a freelance environmental journalist from Malaysia with an interest in science, culture, and grassroots initiatives. She gained an M.Litt. in Environment, Culture and Communication in 2016 from the University of Glasgow. Contact: nadiah.rosli@gmail.com

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MUNGKI DEWI; TENT PROJECT & IN TIME

ASN final year student, Mungki Dewi, recently presented a further two outputs from her ongoing research into biophyllic imagery being used to slow viewers in the urban environment. Both projects used video, specifically filmed in the landscape by Mungki.

The work is developed from current research into therapeutic aspects of biophyllic art practice. See also –  Blue

REFLECTIONS ON WATER SURFACE

Mungki’s Tent exhibition explored the ideas of using moving imagery to project calming, natural imagery – bringing the landscape into the city.

 

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Six analogue monitors were displayed within Tent Gallery, oriented to be viewed from outside, each monitor showed films of reflections captured on water surfaces.

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The length of each film and the sequencing varied, with black screen edited in. This created a dynamic display, starting with each monitor displaying different films, then some displayed the same film whilst some displayed blank screen. The sequenced, rhythm of the display echoing the movement of the filmed imagery.

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IN TIME

On Thursday and Friday, 25-26 January, IN TIME was back-projected from the upper floor windows of John Knox’s House in Edinburgh. The tranquil film captured the movement of leaves blown by the wind in glistening sun light, in a mesmeric flow. The presence of ‘green’ in a ‘grey’ environment acted as an unexpected visual experience in the city’s bustling High Street.

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‘De-compose/Re-compose’ : ASN1

In late December, ASN 1 held a follow-up exhibition, De-compose/Re-compose, a further development of their initial response to their field trip up to The Flow Country. The students individually explored different aspects of the landscape to develop and communicate alternative perspectives of the natural environment. 

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The artworks were conceived as aesthetic explorations of conceptual and formal ideas coming from the direct observation of natural processes and structures. Those explorations engaged with different visual languages and media, including video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. 
The creative process was informed by ideas from ecology and biology in different contexts, through scientific meetings and workshops. The dialogue with scientists added layers of complexity to the initial scope and opened a more specific approach towards the representation of the landscape, which was reflected in each of the individual pieces.
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CYANOMETER by Andrew Ioannou – Solo Exhibition in Tent Gallery

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In this exhibition, Andrew composed a series of minimal interventions within the architecture of the gallery space. These explored the passage of time through observed changes in light and colour.

By observing the sky and documenting solar and lunar events he records the human experience of time by framing it in the context of astronomical movement, the study of light and our subjectivity. Composing work that visualizes the passage of time in one instance, he highlights how our comprehension of time is a small insight into a vastly, broader physical process.

WINTER SOLSTICE, Edinburgh 2017

A series of 96 photographs taken on Thursday 21st December 2017 (the day of the winter solstice)

The same patch of sky, over Edinburgh, was photographed every fifteen minutes over the 24 hour period, from midnight to midnight. The work is presented in a line, like frames of a film, to denote our linear experience of the passage of time.

WINTER SOLSTICE, Edinburgh 2017 is the first work in duet, which will be completed with the process of documenting, identically, the summer solstice on June 21st. The two works will thereafter be shown together.

Andrew intends to extend this work further in SOLSTICE LINES, by photographing and comparing these solar events at numerous other locations.

 

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LUNAR ECLIPSE, Colour Swatches

Referencing NASA’s recorded footage of the then most recent lunar eclipse. Andrew painted a series of squares that illustrate the moons ‘changing colour’, during this lunar event. The five colours are shown sequentially, adjacent to an exact representation of the colour of moon rock. The work highlights the subjectivity of the phenomenon of observed colour and how it relates to broader processes.

 

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SKY, Colour Swatches

Recorded over the course of one evening Andrew displays the changing colour of the sky, from day to night. In contrast to the reds depicted in LUNAR ECLIPSE, Colour Swatches, this work engages with a differnet area of the colour spectrum and documents the changing light that is scatter in our atmosphere, indicative of time.

 

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ASN MFA STUDENT’S SOLO SHOWS

In the final semester of the two year MFA programme, our student’s test their contextual presentation skills and trial ideas by holding a solo exhibition.

Over the next few weeks we will post information on this series of shows, held in the ASN studio’s Tent Gallery, by our final year students

The first of these, CYANOMETER by Andrew Ioannou, (25th – 28th January, 2018) will be posted next…

 

“Transformation”: Annie Cattrell

Annie Cattrell is an occasional visiting tutor on the ASN Programme.

Annie has recently completed TRANSFORMATION, a permanent commissioned work for the new Science Centre at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, which will be formally launched on the 13th February.

You can find out more about Annie’s work here..  https://www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/annie-cattrell/

We’re happy to share this short film of TRANSFORMATION, a stunning addition to the urban landscape of Cambridge.