“The low night sounds of the jungle drifted over the water; occasionally a marmoset gibbered or the iguanas shrieked distantly from their eyries in the distant office blocks. Myriads of insects festered along the water-line, momentarily disturbed as the swells rolled in – slapping at the canted sides of the pontoon” JG Ballard
Taking its starting point Ballard’s novel of the same name, Drowned World comprises a functional, scaled down prototype of a junk-rigged, floating, survival craft. The craft sits at the centre of a fictional, faceted environment, reminiscent of early video games.
Like Ballard’s 1962 novel, Drowned World, the installation asks questions about what happens to people when the edge is redrawn; and the enduring allure of natural catastrophe – ‘the-end-is-nigh’-ism – as evident in the biblical flood story as it is in contemporary debates about climate change. It also stumbles dumbly into issues about migration, and whether there’s a survivalist thread hidden within the contemporary ‘maker’ movement.
More information about the show is on the Mission Gallery website.
The Ephemeral Coast project now has its own website too: http://ephemeralcoast.com
Drowned World was funded by the
Arts Council of Wales.