• Horizon: Against Nature. The great Grandmother: a rope as long as a wolf. Good work: a rope as long as a flying fish flight

Taylor, Finlay, Raj Shah, Vaibhav and Miranda-Bilbao, Jasone, 2017, Show, Exhibition or Event, Horizon: Against Nature. The great Grandmother: a rope as long as a wolf. Good work: a rope as long as a flying fish flight

Abstract or Description:

The submission is for a co-curated exhibition and contribution of two art works to the event.

The 'Against Nature' project proposes that nature is a horizon that can be approached indefinitely and yet never completely grasped. The idea ‘Against Nature’ takes inspiration from the French fiction novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans A Rebours published in France in 1884. The main protagonist, Des Esseintes, is a highly sensitive, neurotic anti-hero and aesthete who escapes Paris for the countryside and abandons himself to a life of decadence, fine art and literature in order to criticize the vulgarity of society. This was the time before the industrial revolution, when society and the prevalent ideology were seen in terms of nature and the beauty of its forms, structures and geometry. Pre industrial revolution, the same umbrella of Nature, held together a unity of aims and beliefs that served the joint purposes of science, religion and art.
Today, and within a now post-industrial and late capitalist global logic, Nature is often narrowly taken as being in opposition to culture. Science, art and religion, have become disconnected: science has favored the purely technical, religion has adopted a confused and transcendent notion of God, and art has tended towards reflecting this present state of confusion with the faint hope that it can somehow contribute to its eradication. Our project attempts to pull science, religion, art and nature back together under the reconfigured rubric of nature / horizon and unite them inside of regions between visibility and invisibility. In attempting to visualize and move towards the horizon, a range of motions begin that may potentially connect memories, ideas, feelings and all aspects of life to the infinity of the universe.

This project researches a multicultural and international collision of approaches to thinking about the concerns of the artists in a wider context. Re-addressing existing work alongside new artefacts.

ContributionNameRCA ID
ArtistNankervis, Adam
ArtistKupferberg, Daniel
ArtistMedalla, David
ArtistKulkarni, Aditi
ArtistSala, Anri
ArtistWaqif, Asim
ArtistSingh, Avtar
ArtistEvans, Chris
ArtistHamilton, Duncan
ArtistGaraigorta, Charo
ArtistJoy, Clair
ArtistPfenningstorff, Barbara
ArtistJohnson Soliz, Cecile
ArtistMcCausland, Onya
ArtistCross, David
ArtistSmith, Emma
ArtistTaylor, Finlay0610248016589
ArtistKeith, James
ArtistSegawa, Yuta
ArtistSaiki, Fernando
ArtistMatthews, Bob0210031117653
ArtistAguilar Ruvalcaba, Daniel
ArtistVernekar, Diptej
ArtistTorres Ayastuy, Esteban
ArtistDeller, Jeremy
ArtistSwaroop, Kamal
ArtistScrivener, Kate
ArtistJimenez Santil, Madelaine
ArtistUranga, Manu
ArtistMarshall, Mike
ArtistSen, Mithu
ArtistSatpath, Niroj
ArtistHagen, Ole
ArtistNayar, Parvathi
ArtistDutta, Pranay
ArtistSamant, Sharmila
ArtistA, Shimbuku
ArtistWoolham, Simon
ArtistMallik, Sujit
ArtistSurabhi, Saraf
ArtistHan Chen, Szu
ArtistKelton, Tara
ArtistO'Riley, Tim9410244609009
ArtistJoag, Tushar
ArtistOrlow, Uriel
ArtistNeidich, Warren
ArtistDhanurdharan, Vipin
Horizon: Against NatureDelhi, India30 Jan - 20 Feb 2017Museum/exhibition
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W110 Drawing
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W120 Painting
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W140 Printmaking
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 10:45
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 15:26
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2719
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