A performance work exploring Sumatra's colonial ecologies.
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.