Art and science share many attributes, such as observation and experimentation, yet remain largely separate areas of enquiry. Bringing these two endeavours together in one project, this exhibition focuses on the science that seeks to understand the climatic environment of the distant past.
The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the artist and The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP), an international scientific research group, investigating the relationship between climate and human evolution. The research in north-east Africa is focused in areas of The Great Rift Valley, thought to have been the origin of anatomically-modern humans, and from where our ancestors dispersed out of Africa.
The work draws on the imagery from the fieldwork conducted in the remote, dried lake basin of Chew Bahir, southern Ethiopia, and the visualization techniques used in contemporary science, bringing it out of the laboratory and into the art gallery.
Central to the exhibition are images from deep below the dried lake surface; a view of the subterranean landscape some 500,000 years ago.
Julian Ruddock is pursuing a practice based PhD in Fine Art at the School of Art, Aberystwyth, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES).
SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday 7 June, 8.15pm, Cinema
A special chance to see the original Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959) in the cinema. Tickets just £3.