16 November 2020

“These are the pamphlets from exhibitions I went to recently, before London went into lockdown. In one way or another they all explore systems of knowledge. In Plain Sight by Tavares Strachan at Marian Goodman Gallery, The Botanical Mind at Camden Arts Centre, Formafantasma: Cambio at Serpentine Galleries, and the Artangel show, Slow Dans by Elizabeth Price.”

“Here are some of my notes from conversations across the residency so far, trying to bring together the strands of climate, trees, science, economics, oil and gas, botanists, geologists, palaeontologists, climate economists, and machine learning researchers.”

“During my residency I have started to build a machine learning model, trained on photographs of bald cypress trees taken in Louisiana earlier in the year. Its part of a new project I’m working on related to climate change.”

“I’ve been thinking a lot about hurricanes and climate change recently. These are some of the novels I read during lockdown: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, and The New Wilderness by Diane Cook.”

Anna Ridler is a UK associate artist, selected from an open call, for Delfina Foundation’s science_technology_society thematic programme, taking place during autumn 2020, in partnership with Gaia Art Foundation.

Photos artist’s own.

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