BLEACHED. THE ART OF CORAL SCIENCE
This project is an exciting exploration of “coral reefs” and the threats to the survival of these iconic ecosystems through a collaboration of art and science, culminating in an exhibition at Gods House Tower, Southampton, opening on the 12th May 2022.
The members of Vulgar Earth in collaboration with the University of Southampton will explore the key scientific messages in creative, challenging and innovative ways to engage, inform and to stimulate debate and action with a diverse audience.
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When our love for nature is abundant, but a desire to ‘save’ it is stifled by a conditioning that distracts us with endless consumption and social introspection, a re-evaluation of our priorities and of our perspective on life is required.
Within our communities, despite a superficial awareness of the need for recycling and sustainable resources, there is a lack of understanding of the greater implications of these subjects, the worst offenders, and how deep our damage to the planet has gone.
Through technology our capacity for communication has increased, but our feeling of connection has become more distant. These technologies are intrinsically reshaping our society, while we are mostly oblivious to the creep of these changes. Endless marketing and agenda driven media provide a distorted view of reality, and individuals feel a greater disconnection from social structure and value.
Our commitment to capital, to guide the direction of our progress and priorities, has lead us to desperate inequality, wanton waste of human and material resources, and destruction of the natural world on an industrial scale in the name of profit. A policy that makes absolute financial sense can easily be shown as utter madness from an alternative perspective.
When we see our impact on the world in isolated sound bites we feel a fleeting outrage, yet fail to absorb the scale of our effect. As a tool for communication, art has the advantage of not relying solely on the limitations of language and intellect, but can impart a lasting emotional realisation of a truth that may be hidden from waking consciousness.
Vulgar Earth is a not for profit artists collective, promoting awareness and discussion of contemporary Social, Political and Environmental issues.
Through producing engaging, emotive and stimulating art exhibitions and events, we take a thought provoking and emotionally charged look at the beauty and vulgarity of human relationships with the natural world and our current disassociation from it. Each member is an independent artist who adds their voice and vision to a collective message for change.
In bringing together these images, forms and ideas, that are the emotional responses of our artists, a small immersive world is created. A world where emotion, language and intellect focus the viewer and attempt to isolate the distractions of modernity and challenge our feelings of detachment.
Our intention is to create this focus, to stir these emotions, and to use them to further discussions on the direction of humanity and the individuals place within it. In order to help steer the development of our society in a more civilised, sustainable, fair and rewarding direction.