HARDWICK CAMPUS, University of Gloucestershire
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
05:00 PM
Hardwick, St Paul's Road, Cheltenham GL50 4BS
South West England
Patricia Brien (curator)

INCENDIARY: set on fire
Incendiary is a multi-site exhibition involving more than 25 artists responding to the fire of industrial incinerators & combustion fallout on human & more than human ecosystems.

The initial idea came from a conversation about

the persistence of industrial incinerators despite much public protest and debate.

Beyond the inferno-incinerator complex however, are the quotidian combustion engines – cars, buses, trucks, seacraft, aircraft – that expel airborne particulate matter via our roads, waterways, and skyways. Ecofeminist Donna Haraway suggests, it is important that humans ‘stay with the troubles’ and really, the environmental hazardslingering and merging with human and non-human ecosystemsguarantees that. This toxic persistence is particularly keen in the case of nuclear combustion sources.

The inferno-incinerator conjures the destructive power of elemental fire & borrows from a powerful fire / regenerationbinary association found in various mythologies. However, the fire / regeneration narrative urgently requires metamorphosis as things heat up. Images of Dante’s burning Inferno spring to mind as hyper consumption and subsequent waste fuels the fire and transforms it into toxic matter.

Hardwick Campus artists: Alison Harper, Liz Blum, Rod Gray, Ryan Orme, Sabine Kussmaul, Joanna Wright