Artwork by Siobhan Davies showing at the Here Today… exhibition
25 Nov – 17 Dec 2014
At the Old Sorting Office, London
Last November/December, Endangered Species (2006) was shown as part of the international contemporary art exhibition Here Today… which explored the current state of our environment through diverse perspectives and media including painting, installation, wallpaper, sound, video, dance, music, sculpture and photography.
In 2005 Siobhan Davies participated in Cape Farewell’s expedition to the Arctic, where the sub-zero temperatures severely constricted her ability to move and breathe freely. Returning to London, she created Endangered Species, in which a 3D video projection of dance artist Sarah Warsop is displayed inside a museum vitrine, synonymous with an endangered animal saved for human curiosity and record. Warsop’s movements are exaggerated by a costume of long bending rods. As the piece progresses, the rods multiply and her movement becomes increasingly inhibited, embodying Davies’ physical and emotional responses to her experience of the Arctic and its accelerated warming. The film narrates a process of human evolution, which reaches an end point in extreme physical encumbrance. The work was first shown as part of Cape Farewell's Art & Climate Change exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
Here Today… was in support of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary. With over 50 internationally-celebrated artists and emerging thinkers, Here Today… dared to challenge common perceptions, and empowered visitors to instigate massive change through a programme of events, talks and workshops inspired by the exhibition. The exhibition will tour globally to keep spreading the word.
Here Today… was curated by Artwise and supported by Baku Magazine.