Laura Harrington

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(Photo credit: Laura Harrington, Fieldworking, 2020, video still)

Between 2010 and 2012, Laura Harrington worked with the music maker Kaffe Matthews on Where are the wild ones?, an audio-visual opera exploring the wild salmon returning from the North Atlantic to their place of birth, the River Tyne in north-east England, to spawn. As part of this project, they worked with children from three schools near the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle. For her period as a Visiting Artist attached to Radar's Ecological Thinking series of commissions, Harrington hopes to track down some of these children - who will now be in their late teens/early twenties - to explore whether the project has had any lasting impacts on them. Through this, Harrington hopes to interrogate questions of time, narrative and ecology in contemporary arts practice. 

Laura Harrington is a multi-disciplinary artist, researcher and creative producer living and working in the North East of England. Her work explores the complex relations between humans and unstable/overlooked landscapes, often through cross-disciplinary research and co-production. Situated between art, science and philosophy her practice of film-making, installation, drawing, fieldwork and listening seeks to create works that centre on an idea of ‘upstream consciousness’, that draws on upland ecologies to think about various relations and connections. Recent exhibitions and residencies include EKO8 (Slovenia), MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK), Projections (Tyneside Cinema, UK), UNIDEE/Cittadellarte, (Biella, Italy), Hangmen Projects (Stockholm), HIAP (Helsinki International Arts Programme, Finland), Durham University (Leverhulme), Invisible Dust, UK, Woodhorn Museum, UK, BALTIC 39, UK, VARC, UK and AV Festival 12, UK. She is practice-based doctoral researcher at Northumbria University.  


Ecological Thinking

A programme of artist commissions and events exploring what creative and collaborative methodologies can bring to ecological study. Read more


You Cannot Step in the Same River Twice

Wed 22 June 2022

18:30pm - 20:00pm

An online discussion bringing together arts and sciences to explore measures of time, environmental change, policy and politics.

About this event

The focus of Laura Harrington’s Visiting Artist project with Radar concerns a past collaboration with Berlin based sound artist and composer Kaffe Matthews. Now ten years old, 'Where are the wild ones?' is an audio-visual opera, which explored the migration of wild salmon along the River Tyne. As part of this project, Harrington and Matthews worked with children from three schools near the banks of the river Tyne and scientists from the Environment Agency North East to weave together stories, music and scientific data. Returning to this project a decade on affords Harrington a frame through which to consider the significant changes seen within the river, arts and environmental policy in a ten year period against a backdrop of overlapping human, animal and geological time scales.

This live, online conversation hosted by Laura Harrington, will bring Harrington and Matthews together for the first time in ten years, along with Professor Stephen Rice, Jonathan Shelley and Robert Langford, moderated by Radar Producer, Laura Purseglove. Using the context of this decade old project, the group will explore ideas around measures of time, environmental change, policy and politics as well as change and stasis in arts and sciences.

Ecological Thinking is Radar's commissioning project for 2022/23. The programme of artist commissions and events exploring what creative and collaborative methodologies can bring to ecological study.

Find out more about Ecological Thinking.

Radar is Loughborough University's contemporary arts research programme. We invite artists to produce new work in response to, alongside and in provocation of research undertaken across Loughborough University’s two campuses. We also programme events bringing together artistic and academic work.

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