In partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts, NEoN is pleased to kick off its festival season by presenting Mariner 9 , a 12-metre-long panoramic view of a Martian landscape set hundreds of years in the future, by Canadian artist Kelly Richardson. This work forms part of The Weather Makers, her first solo exhibition in Scotland, which opens tonight and continues until 29th November.
Mariner 9 (2012), evokes the human search for life beyond our own planet that continues even as we damage or destroy entire ecosystems on Earth. This vast video work was created using scenery-generation software employed by the film and gaming industries in combination with technical data from NASA’s missions to Mars to produce a faithful artist’s rendering of Martian terrain, populated by the debris from centuries of exploration.
The Weather Makers will present three large-scale video works alongside a new print series, weaving together myth and metaphor with scientific research and new digital technologies, The exhibition asks the viewer to consider what the future might look like if we continue on our current trajectory of planetary pillaging and consumption, and why we have allowed ourselves to arrive at such a moment of global environmental crisis. Richardson creates hyper-real digital films of rich and complex landscapes that have been manipulated using CGI, animation and sound.
As part of NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Kelly has also been invited to curate an exhibition of digital art making reference to both her own immersive landscape work and the festival theme of Media Archaeology. That exhibition will run in Centrespace in the Visual Research Centre on the lower ground floor of DCA, open from Sat 11 November – Sun 19 November 2017. More details coming soon.
Richardson currently lives and works on Vancouver Island where she is Associate Professor in Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. Her work is held in many major international collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, SMoCA and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Arts Council Collection England and Towner, Eastbourne.
Her work has been selected for the Beijing, Busan, Canadian, Gwangiu and Montreal biennales, and recent solo exhibitions include SMoCA, CAG Vancouver, VOID Derry, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, and a major survey at the Albright-Knox.
22/09/2017 – 29/11/2017
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Nethergate, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY
Free. Open daily 10am to 6pm (8pm on Thu)