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Thursday, October 14, 2.30pm – 4.00pm


(In collaboration with Science Gallery Venice )

Emma Critchley (artist, Brighton) and Haseeb Ahmed (artist, Brussels) in conversation with Ariane Koek (creative producer and curator, London/Venice). Due to a technical problem, this video will not be streamed live, but it will be uploaded as soon as possible.

Earth Water Sky is Science Gallery Venice’s 3-year research, commissioning and production residency program at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, celebrating the latest cutting-edge environmental knowledge by scientists and academics at the university. The annual program each year selects by open call an artist to work thematically on one of the elements in the program’s title. The founding curator and creative producer of Earth Water Sky, Ariane Koek, is joined by the first two artists in the program – Emma Critchley (UK)  and  Haseeb Ahmed (USA/Belgium). They will discuss  how, why and what their artistic research into the science of water and wind reveals about our place in the universe and the power of nature.

Emma Critchley, Witness, 2021. © Emma Critchley

Haseeb Ahmed, Wind Avatar, 2019. © Haseeb Ahmed

Emma Critchley

is an artist who uses a combination of photography, film, sound and installation to continually explore the human relationship with the underwater environment as a political, philosophical and environmental space. She is Royal College of Art alumni and her work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally. Recent works include Common Heritage, a film about the imminent threat of deep-sea mining for rare earth minerals and The Space Below, a large-scale public soundscape about underwater acoustic pollution, made in collaboration with Lee Berwick and installed in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at the beginning of 2020. In 2021, her 2-screen film installation Witness, created during the Earth Water Sky residency program with Science Gallery Venice, launched in the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Haseeb Ahmed

is a research-based artist living and working in Brussels, Belgium. He produces objects, site-specific installations, films, and writes. His work is often collaborative and draws on tools and techniques from the hard sciences to produce artworks. He is currently an Earth Water Sky artist in residence with Science Gallery Venice and his work has been exhibited internationally. Ahmed is represented by Harlan Levey Projects.

Ariane Koek

is an acknowledged international expert and pioneer in the field of arts, science and technology. Ariane initiated, designed and directed the acclaimed Arts at CERN programme 2009-2015 – the particle physics and arts programme at the world’s largest science laboratory outside Geneva, Switzerland.  She consults, produces, writes and lectures extensively about  the interactions between arts,science technology and ecology, residency programs as well as interdisciplinary creativity. Ariane is strategic advisor on many international initiatives, including at the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, The Exploratorium San Francisco USA, and Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge UK. She is the founder and curator of the Earth Water Sky environmental arts and science residency programme at Science Gallery Venice, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.