Lost & Found is a powerful and challenging multi-media installation of visual arts created by Pale Blue Dot founders Jane King and Neil Mabbs to present evidence of links between our consumer culture and the decline of the natural world.
This interdisciplinary project, launched in Oxford in 2014, is based on research by scientists at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and pollinator specialist Prof. Dave Goulson and his team at the University of Sussex.
Lost & Found examines some of the more outlandish expressions of consumer culture through a selection of bizarre hybrids that have been man made or cultivated and curious discarded ‘artifacts’ that should probably never have been manufactured. It also presents a darker side of overconsumption, one that is happening in our food & farming industries, changing the British countryside and causing destruction of the natural world.
The work asks questions about the sort of economy we have created in Britain and considers how a sustainable economy and the British countryside are inextricably linked. It asks us to question how much we understand about our landscapes and wildlife. Diverse formats are used to communicate complex scientific and social issues through printmaking, textiles, photography, films and podcasts, artists’ books and installations of found objects.
Pale Blue Dot is collaborating with Onca in Brighton to present new work based on Goulson Lab research on pollinators and pesticides and a series of events to create dialogue about these issues between local groups that don’t normally coincide: Artists, scientists, farmers, food producers and retailers as well as local people.
Exhibition dates 13 August – 19 September 2015
Onca gallery opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday 12-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 11-6pm
Pollinators, Pesticides & Politics: debate with Prof. Dave Goulson and PAN-UK
Friday 11th September, 7pm – 9pm. Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD.
Tickets: £4.00 (£3.00 concessions) subject to booking fee.
Lost & Found Printmaking Workshop with artist Stephen Fowler
Saturday 12th September, 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm. Onca Gallery, 14 St George’s Place, BN1 4GB.
Tickets: £15.00 – subject to booking fee.
Please find Lost & Found press release here: Lost and Found Press Release – July 2015