Julian Ruddock is a visual artist currently undertaking a practice-based PhD in Fine Art at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. The Art/Science research is in collaboration with physical geographers working at IGES (Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences) and aims to draw on aspects of the processes, evidential material and modeling scenarios that are currently being produced. The methodology involves developing archives of images and new visual representations to usefully communicate the indicators and uncertainties of climate change.
Now you find yourself in an exhibition, an exhibition about climate change. I am one of the artists talking to you and you may be wondering why. Of course, it’s a problem in a way. I am talking to you, is it a discourse, because at this moment it is I who holds the megaphone?
When I make a film I am conscious of the responsibility involved, the power in the relationship between the filmmaker and audience. It is for this reason that much of my work seeks to deal with the things might relate us, universals if you like. Those things might include locations, perhaps familiar locations, the body (I mean we all have one) and movement; walking maybe. I believe that if I can relate to you then I might be able to mitigate the possibility that this goes one way only.
Of course climate change is a universal. Those people who will be most affected by sea level rise are those who are drowned by it, or displaced, or flooded. If weather becomes extreme, it becomes the tree through the greenhouse roof or the plants that won’t grow. Maybe it’s just getting sick of grey skies, or cancelling barbeques? As much as we may have, in the past, looked across at others in suffering, usually removed from them by huge geographical divides, climate change affects us all in varying degrees and across all boundaries. I hope in this room we can have a conversation about what is happening right now to all of us and more importantly agree on what to do next.
Jacob Whittaker gained a 1st class BA in Fine Art in 2003, and lives in Cardigan, Ceredigion. Co-founder of sonic arts group GWRANDO and Capel Y Graig art space, work includes sound and video installation, as well as documentary film for artists, local groups and community organisations.
Since 2003 his work has explored themes of nostalgia and memory using found objects and consumer equipment. Performances embrace the restrictions and idiosyncrasies of broken machines and degraded media, and explore ‘failure’ as a compositional device, challenging ideas of aesthetic value. Installations created using found objects often become performance spaces, examining boundaries between music performance and performance art.
Jess Rose is currently studying for an Mphil in Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University. Her current research project investigates the ways in which queer happenings in rural Wales have been historicized and memorialized. Through a tri-strand study (re-write, re-capture, re-do), the project aims to propose performative re-uses for archival remains. She’s interested in inter(in)animating traces of the past, exploring the flexibility of text and provoking queer disruptions to the normative narrative of time.