The Dance of the Remediators


Coal, flannelette bed sheets, reclaimed timber, cotton cord, prints on cotton rag, collage, audio narrative. 

The Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle

It began as a vague sense of unease, unconnected to anything in particular. Ordinary objects of the built environment began to take on a threatening demeanour, looming over the bright and baking streets.

Then, one day, the children disappeared. An entire city of empty beds. Each child had left a note: ‘gone underground – stay safe’. Their bedsheets were gone too…

The Dance of the Remediators is an archive of a possible future; a materialised dream sequence of people being called into action by coal’s humble living relatives.

A base-camp is constructed for a revolution of intimacy, patience and vunerability. An expedition is planned to uncover dark-hard-coal’s ancestral softness. By recalling coal’s long photosynthetic memory, can we salvage the future?

Here, at the edge of climate calamity, the domestic-left-over, the soft-and-slow, the fragile and care-full are made mighty. This work prototypes earnest and absurd devices, gentle megastructures and everyday actions, for remaking the world through care, play, wonder and hope.

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