BLEACHED Vulgar Earth Collective and the UoS Coral Reef Laboratory
Exhibitions, Free, In Person
Friday 13th May 10:00am – Sunday 5th June 2022 4:00pm
God's House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY
BLEACHED was a collaborative exhibition by the Vulgar Earth Collective and the Coral Reef Laboratory of the University of Southampton, which represents a conversation between science and art, between fact and emotion, between the clinical and the personal.
The extraordinary beauty of fluorescing coral colours may not be a sign of health but a distress call, a last defence against environmental changes, that can lead to death and bleaching.
In an immersive and interactive preview exhibition, artists from the Vulgar Earth Collective join with scientists from the Coral Reef Lab at the University of Southampton to show what we are learning from coral, the jeopardy they are in and where we may find ourselves without them.
The exhibition was an other-worldly experience of immersion into the exquisitely balanced lives, forms and ecosystems of our coral reefs. In a light controlled gallery, living and bleached coral samples are found alongside traditional, contemporary and digital artworks. Visitors were invited to contribute to the ‘calls from the reef’ wall with their thoughts, messages and poetry, as well as interactive and educational activities running alongside in the cafe area.
This exhibition ran from Friday 13th May to Sunday 5th June at God’s House Tower.
You can download a large print exhibition guide here