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Exhibition 2 November 2012 – 13 January 2013

This exhibition brought together work by twelve artists who travelled to and spent time in the Galápagos archipelago through a residency programme initiated in 2007. Each artist was invited on the basis of their profound engagement with the opportunity, and each found the experience transformative for their artistic practice and their life.

Collectively they demonstrated a considerable variety of approaches and disciplines within the visual arts, ranging across film-making, video, installation, painting, sculpture, photography, animation, illustration and sound. The artists also brought to the project, and developed during it, considerable skills of communication and interaction with scientists, tourists, and local inhabitants of the Galápagos, allowing them to explore subjects of scientific or social interest consistent with their artistic concerns in depth. The works they have produced individually give compelling form to profound personal visions developed through their experiences on the islands. Shown together, they build a unique dreamscape of a remarkable place, messages for mankind from the stark realities of Galápagos.

The Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists’ Residency Programme and Galápagos exhibition was organised by the Galapagos Conservation Trust in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Additional support came from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Natural History.

More information on the exhibition here:
Galapagos Exhibition Guide (PDF)

Galápagos Webfilm

Talks and Events

Panel Discussion ‘We are always slow in admitting any great change of which we do not see the intermediate steps’*

Curator Greg Hilty; artists Marcus Coates, David Cunningham, Tania Kovats and Alison Turnbull; and zoologist Professor Aubrey Manning (University of Edinburgh) explore relationships between Galápagos and the work in the exhibition.

*Title from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859)

David Cunningham Multispecies
Artist and musician David Cunningham (producer of Martin Creed and Michael Nyman, and formerly of The Flying Lizards) played treated electric guitar alongside a randomly generated series of animal sounds, an attempt to create and present an aural ecology as a parallel structure rather than exotic decoration.

Listen to Multispecies sound files online

Related items

Exhibition Poster

This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Galápagos exhibition which ran from 2 November 2012 – 13 January 2013.

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