Jennifer Hooper has a solo exhibition at Brighton’s ONCA Gallery called To the Trees: A Changing of Home. The work showcased was created through a residency with the organisation Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) in Bolivia which works towards creating a habitat for animals that due to human interference, can no longer live in the wild. Although she only worked with the organisation, and the animals, for a few weeks, the experience had a profound impact on her, and has affected and guided her artistic work ever since.
Christian Kerrigan has a new work at the Siobhan Davies Dance Studio near Elephant & Castle, as the first of two exhibitions this year.
Invited to consider how a work could reflect, respond to and develop alongside the passing of time and the seasons, Christian has created a series of sculptures that are inspired by the linden – or lime – tree growing outside the building. The works fuse digital technology, scientific methods and organic matter. He observes the tree’s growth and interaction with its surroundings by using film and sound recordings to document change. In the autumn, Kerrigan will return with Part Two of his exhibition, using these spring recordings and the collection of linden tree seeds and fallen leaves.
Chris Watson, the sound recordist has worked with producer Iain Pate and Forest Artworks to create a sound installation that presents the remarkable and seldom-heard phenomenon of ravens gathering to roost.
Set in Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland, the audience will be led at twilight on a short walk into the deepest part of the forest. Along the way their guides share ancient raven lore, the natal history of a talismanic creature, and the beginnings – and the future – of the forest they have entered. Participants settle down and, as darkness falls, they will hear the sounds of two thousand birds arriving in the canopy overhead to begin their conversations.