Test Sites: Calder
2017 – 2020
Test Sites was a series of inquiries into matters of concern relating to environmental issues, such as flooding, pollution, and species loss, and their impact on local culture and the health of ecosystems and communities. At each site, we are inviting local people and groups to be part of art-centred co-inquiries, working with artists, scientists and other experts.
Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone
Wrecked on The Intertidal Zone was an art and citizen science collective inquiry that sought to uncover and highlight local knowledge about the changing ecology, society and industry of the Thames estuary. The project was conceived by artists YoHa, Critical Art Ensemble, Andy Freeman, Fran Gallardo and Arts Catalyst, and developed in partnership with local people in Southend and Leigh-on-Sea.
Arctic Perspective Initiative
Initiated by artists Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman in 2010, Arctic Perspective highlighted the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. In collaboration with the people of Igloolik and other communities in Nunavut, Canada, artists and architects devised a mobile media and living unit and infrastructure, powered by renewable energy sources, which could be used for nomadic dwelling environmental monitoring and media based work ‘on the land’, away from the established Arctic settlements.