Tania Kovats and Jonathan Dove (© Andrew Palmer)
24 Oct 2015
7 - 8pm
Museum of Science and Industry
1830 Warehouse, MOSI
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP
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Internationally acclaimed artist Tania Kovats in conversation with BBC 'Gaia Theory' composer Jonathan Dove on how their works ('Evaporation' & 'The Wave') relate to the seas and oceans and Lovelock's Gaia principle.
Leading the conversation will be renowned oceanographer Dr. Simon Boxall of the University of Southampton.
Taking James Lovelock’s Gaia theory – of the earth as an interconnected super organism – as her starting point, this new sculptural piece explores global bodies of water. Lovelock’s work focused much attention on the significance of the planets’ oceans as a barometer of its health, and how better to understand how the planet regulates itself. As global sea temperatures rise and the impact of pollution is becoming increasingly clear, this work is more vital than ever.
Kovats’ installation is comprised of large-scale, shallow, metal bowls reflecting the shape of the world’s oceans lifted from the globe. Each bowl contains a solution of salt and blue ink that gradually evaporates in a hydro-cycle, leaving a jewel-like crust of salt crystals in concentric rings. This will be an object with its own tides; different each time a viewer sees it.
Alongside the installation will be world permiere of 'The Wave', a special choral piece created by renowned BBC Proms 'Gaia' Composer Jonathan Dove. Dove will work with musicians and performers from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), seeking inspiration from the oceans and tides celebrated in Tania’s work. This brand new piece will be shared with the public throughout the day in a series of rolling performance in the heart of the 1830 gallery space (All day, 25th October).