Lovelock Art Commission 2016

World Premiere of HeHe's 'Cloud Crash'

A peculiar climate crashes into MSI Manchester this October. How would you feel if you could see the effect of our actions on the environment in vivid technicolour?

Cape Farewell have commissioned internationally acclaimed Paris-based artists HeHe - Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen - to create Cloud Crash for our third Lovelock Art Commission, to be unveiled at Manchester Science Festival, produced by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Manchester. The annual Lovelock Commission takes inspiration from pioneering climate scientist James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory and this year has a special focus on recent atmospheric science supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

These exciting new pieces placed in-situ across the Museum site - 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 and bringing atmospheric science powerfully to life. These artworks complement 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. 

Cloud Crash opens as a headline event for The Manchester Science Festival and runs from 20 October 2016 – 4 February 2017.

NERC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Alison Robinson, said: “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.”   

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Key dates:

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 come and take part in family workshops at The Invention Station - your chance to come up with ways to mitigate pollution and climate change with artist Emma Harnett.