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AHC x Astrid Noacks Atelier : Artist talk : Rikke Luther

27 November 2023 05.00 PM - 06.00 PM
Astrid Noacks Atelier Rådmandsgade 34, 2200 København N

On Monday, November 27th, at 5 pm, there is an artist talk with Rikke Luther, who will discuss the extensive issues she tries to map and transform into film in relation to her work with The Ocean-Lands: Mud Within the Earth System.


Mud in the Earth System is Rikke Luther's exhibition at Astrid Noack's Atelier (ANA), which is part of Rikke Luther's postdoctoral project, hosted by Art Hub Copenhagen, and also part of Rikke Luther's participation in NAARCA - a Scottish-Nordic collaboration, which AHC is a partner in - working to create long-term collaborations on research, institutional changes, and public education with a focus on climate action.

Mud in the Earth System follows up on and further develops Rikke Luther's The New Mud, which was shown at ANA in 2021. In the first exhibition, Luther highlighted through a series of research-based works how new unpredictable weather, caused by climate change related to human activities, creates new unpredictable mud. In this second exhibition, Luther continues her extended investigations of mud movements.

The exhibition includes new textiles, stills, and research material from Luther's ongoing work in relation to the practice-based artistic research project The Ocean-Lands: Mud Within the Earth System. It also includes a work from the earlier project Concrete Aesthetics: From Universal Rights to Financial Post Democracy (2017- 2021). The new work, examining mud in Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, and the sea landscape from a Gotland perspective, focuses on the social and political, on acceleration, and the effects mud movements have in the landscape - in the geosphere and biosphere.

For millennia, static mud has enabled cultural exchanges across legal boundaries. Rising global temperatures are now resulting in their movement. Melting glaciers and ice caps result in mud. Old mud flats and swamps reclaim space as human settlement declines. Permafrost melts and sinks, landslides occur, lakes recede, and their lakebeds collapse. Swelling mud slides towards the seas and helps to facilitate the increasingly distorted circulations of the Earth system.

As part of a more comprehensive attempt to establish a new ethical and aesthetic public language that can communicate the crisis in the Earth system, the exhibition thus explores the socio-organizational effects of moving mud and the bio-communicative effects of mud in transformation.


Rikke Luther: Mud in the Earth System

3 November - 3 December 2023

Artist's talk: 27 November at 5.00PM

Astrid Noack's Atelier

Rådmandsgade 34

2200 Copenhagen N

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