Encampment of Eternal Hope – Solo Exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead, Curated by Laurence Sillars Chief Curator BALTIC as part of the BALTIC ten year birthday celebration, 5,10,12 – 13,1,13. This immersive installation comprising of eleven inter-related sculptural works, a video and a program of live events: lectures, dance performance and cross-disciplinary collaboration workshops. Encampment of Eternal Hope: Is a large scale practice led research project that combines social sculpture with participatory practice by creating an immersive cross disciplinary art work that functions as a field laboratory to examine societal and environmental challenges, the work takes the imaginative catalyst of the end date of the Mayan Calendar 2012 as a prism through which to read current environmental and societal threats.
The installation comprising - architectural tents and inflatable weapons that morph into flowering plant like form. The Encampment operates as a public space for generating ideas around alternative ways of living within a wider ecosystem. A programme of workshops, forums, discussions and performance will underpin a creative hub, which will interrogate relationship between ecology and society searching for positivist strategies for future living. Participants in this art work will enter into an alternative space that will enable innovative ways of addressing the increasing societal and environmental challenges within a cross disciplinary environment, that will shift participants and audience’s perceptions of the world we inhabit, re-visioning future living.