Exploratory Laboratory (ExLab) on behalf of Big Picture
Between 2011 and 2012 I worked as Producer for Exploratory Laboratory (ExLab), a Big Picture project and part of the London2012 Festival offer. The project started in Autumn 2010 with an exhibition showing the methods and technology being used to monitor and manage the Jurassic Coast alongside works by artists who are exploring these and similar techniques. A programme of demonstrations, talks and hands-on workshops offered opportunities to find out more, and a symposium brought together artists and earth scientists to kickstart collaborations between them.
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The selected artists were Simon Callery, Mat Chivers, Zachary Eastwood Bloom, Proboscis and Simon Ryder.
ExLab investigated the earth science and coastal processes revealed along the Jurassic Coast through the imaginative insight of visual artists. The artists’ research residencies led to the creation of temporary artworks developed in response to places and communities. They were shown in buildings, galleries and in the open air along the Dorset and East Devon coast path in 2012, as part of the Cultural Olympiad offer.
I wrote several of the texts for the projects, all handbooks are available for download below.