||Press Release: Cornelia Parker
13 February – 30 March 2008
||The Whitechapel presents Cornelia Parker’s latest work – her interview with world-renowned writer and theorist Noam Chomsky.
Cornelia Parker’s new film Chomskian Abstract, 2007, co-commissioned by Sharjah Biennial 8 - 2007, UAE and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, sees the great thinker and Nobel Prize winner discussing the environment and globalisation. The exhibition is presented in partnership with Friends of the Earth, who are encouraging visitors to pose their own questions about the state of the world. These questions will form part of an installation at the Whitechapel and used to provide inspiration for a one-day event on Saturday 29 March, bringing together a host of artists, thinkers and activists to explore the issues raised.
Cornelia Parker’s 40 minute film presents her interview with Noam Chomsky. By answering Parker’s questions Chomsky addresses the failings of government, corporations, institutions and the media to take responsibility for the ecological safety of our planet. He urges us to take responsibility, change our lifestyles and bring about socio-economic change.
Cornelia Parker has said there is an ever-increasing chance that the planet may not be able to sustain human life by the end of this century, but her work prompts reflections on collective responsibilities and the possible solutions.
Also on show are the artist’s Poison and Antidote Drawings, 2004, featuring black ink containing snake venom and white ink containing anti venom. The format of the drawings reflect the question and answer format of the interview with Chomsky.
This powerful theme inspired the Poisons and Antidotes event on Saturday 29 March which will explore some of the environmental measures suggested by Friends of the Earth and others. The one-day event will mark the end of the exhibition and bring together artists, thinkers and activists to answer questions raided by visitors to the exhibition.
The exhibition and event launch a collaboration between the Whitechapel and Friends of the Earth that will explore responses in the visual arts to environmental issues.
Tony Juniper, Friends of the Earth Executive Director, said; ‘Many of the themes addressed in Cornelia Parker’s film resonate with the work of Friends of the Earth. But the piece also stimulates us to think about the empowering nature of enquiry. With our involvement in this exhibition we hope to inspire people to ask their own questions about the state of the world and get them thinking about the solutions. Our one-off Poisons and Antidotes event on Saturday 29 March will give the public a chance to hear the answers offered by some of Britain’s most exciting thinkers and doers.’
In partnership with Friends of the Earth
Notes for Editors
• Turner Prize nominated artist Cornelia Parker (born 1956) creates art-work characterised by a forensic enquiry that often transforms modest substances in order to awaken their poetic potential. She has made earplugs out of dust from the Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral, drawings using snake venom, plucked feathers from Sigmund Freud’s pillow and stretched out a teaspoon to measure the Niagara Falls. Parker is also renowned for large installations, such as Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, where a blown-up garden shed’s charred remains are reassembled into its original shape, like a ghostly 3D puzzle, suspended in mid-air.
• Chomskian Abstract, 2007. DVD, 41mins, 48 secs. Co-commissioned by Sharjah Biennial 8 - 2007, UAE and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. Commissioned by Ikon Gallery and Sharjah Biennial 8.
• Cornelia Parker is presented in partnership with Friends of the Earth.
• Cornelia Parker has created a limited edition artwork to support the Whitechapel’s Education programme. Cornelia Parker, Wake Up, 2008. C-type print, printed on Kodak Supra Endura type C paper, edition of 100, £120.
• Cornelia Parker was recently commissioned by Art on the Underground (the London Underground art programme) to create a new work for the front cover of the pocket tube map, available to pick up now from stations across the capital. www.tfl.gov.uk/pfa
• The exhibition is a major part of the Mayor of London’s East – a festival championing the best of East London, 6 – 11 March 2008.
Talks & Events
• Preview opening, Wednesday 13 February, 6.30 – 9pm
• Poisons and Antidotes, Saturday 29 March, 12 – 7pm
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