An experience of a visit to the Antarctic is explored in a new Glass Tank exhibition

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Extreme antarctic glass tank

A stunning new multi-media exhibition showing the extremes of the vast Antarctic landscape will be displayed in the Glass Tank from 3 August.

The exhibition, which is titled ‘extreme: Fragile Wilderness’ is this year’s Curator’s Choice and features the work of Sara Davidmann and Catherine Faulds (also known as Catherine Atherton when lecturing at Oxford Brookes’ School of Arts) who documented their trip to the Antarctic during the winter of 2013.

This exhibition will captivate visitors with its mysterious abstracted images, unexpected sounds and fragments of poetry inspired by the magnificent beauty of the Antarctic landscape.

Dr Joanna Walker, Gallery Manager at Oxford Brookes University

The Antarctic is the planet’s last wilderness; the coldest, windiest and highest continent and parts of it are melting at an alarming rate. Travelling on a small tour ship, Davidmann and Faulds documented information in photographs, video, sound, sketchbooks and diaries. This diversity is reflected in the nature of the exhibition through still and moving images, written and spoken words, diary pages, travel information, experimental images and other data.

Dr Joanna Walker, Gallery Manager and Exhibitions Curator of the Glass Tank said: “This exhibition will captivate visitors with its mysterious abstracted images, unexpected sounds and fragments of poetry inspired by the magnificent beauty of the Antarctic landscape.

“I am delighted the Glass Tank will host such a fascinating and visually stunning exhibition, especially as it will appeal to a broad audience interested in both art and science.

“There is a personal story to the exhibition that will intrigue visitors: the story of these two artists’ journey to the most isolated and uninhabited place on earth. This is anything but a conventional documentary display as Davidmann and Faulds show their sensory and creative responses to the planet’s last wilderness in a multi-media exhibition.

“Their subjective responses are informed also by scientific knowledge and by historical and contemporary writing on the subject of the polar region.

“This exhibition marks the centenary of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s epic voyage to the Antarctic and I welcome visitors to come in to the University to see this extraordinary body of work.”

The exhibition will run until 5 September in the Glass Tank exhibition space of the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to all members of the public.