Bruton School for Girls continues its partnership with Somerset Art Works and is a host venue for this year’s SAW Festival with guest artist, Anais Tondeur.
The installation, entitled Flat Hemispheres, has been curated by Karina Joseph from Field Gallery and is composed of ink drawings and a light interactive tufted map of the galaxy. The interactivity of the textile surface was the research subject of Anais’s residency at the Audax Textile Museum in the Netherlands. Anais combined the use of photo-luminescent fibres to a semi-artisanal technique of carpet making: tufting.
It maps the phases of the merger between the Milky Way and Andromeda. Based on a scenario envisaged by T. J. Cox and Avi Loeb, astrophysicists at the Harvard Smithsonian Centre, this installation is created as a journey within time and space that immerses the viewer in fugitive encounters with the concluding scenes of our galaxy.
The exhibition is open between 10am and 4pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the SAW Festival.
Biography Anais Tondeur:
Anaïs Tondeur is a visual artist. She works and lives in Paris. Her art practice draws on an exploration of the interface between art and science, senses and cognition, fact and fiction. Through a pluridiscplinary practice including installations, drawings, early techniques of photography and new media processes, her work is carried by a sense of history, time and perception. Her installations bring into narrative questions stemming from the evolution of knowledge and the impact of human living on the environment, through expeditions in physical or fictional territories.
To this end, she often collaborates with scientists in the fields of geosciences, physics or astrophysics in both collaborative and consultative roles. She has been commissioned to work as an artist in residence with the scientists from Natural History Museum as well as Pierre and Marie University (Sorbonne, 2015, Paris) and at the French Space Observatory (CNES, Paris, 2015), Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyx, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, 2013_2015, France). She is actually beginning a research on urban soils with anthropologists as part of Chamarande’s lab curated by COAL. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions shown nationally and internationally. GV Art gallery, London represents Anaïs Tondeur’s work. Anaïs Tondeur graduated from a Master in Mixed-Media at Royal College of Art (London, 2010) after completing a Bachelor (Hons) Textiles at Central Saint Martin’s School (London, 2008).