The Air Itself is One Vast Library
4 May - 1 June 2013
Open 11am - 6pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
Mariele Neudecker explores the disturbing, and often invisible, technologies of war in this exhibition that contrasts dramatically with her more familiar depictions of landscape and the sublimity of nature that feature in Heterotopias at The Regency Town House.
The startling images in The Air Itself is One Vast Library were created following extensive research at military installations. Her work makes technologies that are intended to be camouflaged, and out of view, starkly visible. Weapons which are otherwise abstract and monstrous, become tactile and present. We are challenged to confront what we think we know of warfare, by what we can see and experience in front of us.
Alongside Neudecker's work Lighthouse presents Under the Shadow of the Drone by James Bridle, a site-specific outdoor work. It is a one-to-one rendering of a military drone aircraft, as used by the US and UK military above battlefields around the world. The unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, has become one of the most potent weapons of contemporary warfare.
Remotely controlled by operators thousands of miles away, drones carry out aerial attacks which leave hundreds of people dead. They are one of the most controversial weapons of war, and Under the Shadow of the Drone makes them visible on our streets.
The stark marking out in an unexpected public space of a drone’s silhouette forces us to consider the implications of a drone attack on our own community. The work critiques the way that contemporary networked technologies, while enabling the digitally saturated culture of the 21st Century, can also obscure and distance us from political and moral responsibility.
These works for Brighton Festival 2013 continue Lighthouse’s curatorial investigations into the invisible infrastructures that make up our world.
Mariele Neudecker Talk: Wednesday 8 May, Lighthouse
18:00 doors open - 18.30 start
More details on the Lighthouse website
This is a ticketed event for booking details visit: http://mariele.eventsbot.com/