HeHe’s Lovelock Commission ‘Cloud Crash’ collides with MSI Manchester this October
What if you could see the effect of our actions on the environment in vivid technicolour?
“We are proud to sponsor this year’s Lovelock Commission, a prestigious collaboration with a history of successfully engaging new audiences with vital issues around climate change. These impressive pieces showcase environmental science in a new light, bringing the science we live and breathe to viewers in a compelling and innovative way.” Alison Robinson, Director of Corporate Affairs, NERC
On the 20th October, for Cape Farewell’s annual Lovelock Art Commission at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (MSI), Paris-based artists HeHe – Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen – present the world premiere of Cloud Crash. The artists have taken inspiration from pioneering climate scientist James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory and ground-breaking science funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), to bring atmospheric science powerfully to life across the MSI site.
Three exciting new pieces placed in-situ across the museum – Airbag, Burnout and Diamonds In The Sky – depict micro-climates, pollution and artificially engineered clouds in provocative new contexts, blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made. They ask us to consider society’s role in environmental destabilisation, and ways forward to a cleaner, healthier future.
This year our Lovelock programme collaborates with NERC’s Into The Blue campaign, a series of showcase events in the Northwest throughout October that celebrate the environmental science we live and breathe.
‘Clouds act upon the climate in both real and imaginary ways. Earth’s atmosphere is changing in such profound ways that the notion of pure natural clouds, untouched by mankind, belong to a more innocent age. The visual presence of man-made clouds, increasingly rare, lays bare the inseparable relationship between humans and the environment.’ HeHe, 2016
Cloud Crash Preview and In-Conversation – Thursday 20 October 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm – HeHe present a special viewing of their new work Cloud Crash. HeHe discuss how their installations offer a cultural response to James Lovelock’s work, while scientists from the Natural Environment Research Council reveal their latest research into atmospherics.
Cloud Crash Artists Tours and Family Workshops – Saturday 22 October 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm all day – Join HeHe on artist-led tours across the three pieces, and take part in drop-in family workshops bringing pollution to life in words and pictures, led by the wonderful artist Emma Harnett.