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Drowned World: Buckminster Fuller Projection

This the fourth map I’ve made as part of my Mapping The Drowned World project, inspired by JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World.

Maps are always staking a claim or making a point. Far from being an endeavour of pure science, they are political and cultural tools. They frequently represent power and the domination of both people and places.

Maps are artefacts deeply embedded in the cultures that make them and the conditions of their time. And my Drowned World maps are no exception.

In my Drowned World series of drawings I transpose a predicted ocean level rise of 70 meters on to maps of the world. These artworks picture planetary geography re-shaped in a way that echoes Ballard’s science fictional vision of The Drowned World, but they are also grounded in the real.

This map took approx 25 hours of drawing, August – December 2016

The time-consuming nature of these works is a deliberate strategy which points to our complicity in creating our current climate crisis.

This catastrophe did not just happen: it took centuries of dedicated labour, ruthless exploitation of the natural environment, manic consumerism, and blatant disregard for the consequences of our actions to reach this moment in time.

The Buckminster Fuller projection was created in 1943.

WATCH Tracey Clement create Drowned World: Buckminster Fuller Projection.

Drowned World: Eckert Projection

WATCH Tracey Clement create Drowned World: Eckert Projection.

See my Drowned World maps in the group show Future Stratigraphy, 6-29 October 2016, at SCA Galleries, Sydney.

The Eckert projection was created in 1906. My map took approx 21 hours of drawing, February – June 2016

This the third map I’ve made as  part of my Mapping The Drowned World project, inspired by JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World.

 

Drowned World: Bonne Projection

Post-Premonitionism 2: work in progress videos

Post-Premonitionism 2 is part of my broader Mapping The Drowned World project in which I respond to the vivid prognostications in JG Ballard’s novel, The Drowned World.

READ the catalogue for Mapping The Drowned World, the group exhibition I coordinated for SCA Galleries, 8-31 October 2015.

Each of the salt cones in Post-Premonitionism 2 takes about 3 months to construct from start to finish.

Tracey Clement, 'Post-Premonitionism 2,' work in progress, 18 Feb 2015.

Tracey Clement, ‘Post-Premonitionism 2,’ work in progress, 18 Feb 2015.

The first step is to make a cone from a flat sheet of fabric.

Tracey Clement, 'Post-Premonitionism 2,' work in progress, 18 July – 27 Sept 2015.

Tracey Clement, ‘Post-Premonitionism 2,’ work in progress, 18 July – 27 Sept 2015.

The cones are then strung up, the steel structures are stitched in and the whole thing is soaked with super-saturated salt solution.

This timelapse was shot without a tripod so things move around wildly. This version is all about the buckets!

Tracey Clement, 'Post-Premonitionism 2,' work in progress, 18 July – 27 Sept 2015.

Tracey Clement, ‘Post-Premonitionism 2,’ work in progress, 18 July – 27 Sept 2015.

This version is slightly steadier and concentrates on watching the rust develop.

Tracey Clement, 'Post-Premonitionism 2,' 2015, salt, rusty steel, cotton, dimensions variable, 36 units, height 80-190cm ea. Courtesy: the artist. Installed over 2 days, 3-4 October 2015.

Tracey Clement, ‘Post-Premonitionism 2,’ 2015, salt, rusty steel, cotton, dimensions variable, 36 units, height 80-190cm ea. Courtesy: the artist. Installed over 2 days, 3-4 October 2015.

125+ kilograms of salt crystals were added to the sculpture in this installation.

Click HERE for more info and more work in progress stills.

READ the catalogue for Mapping The Drowned World, the group exhibition I coordinated for SCA Galleries, 8-31 October 2015.

Drowned World: Petermann Star Projection

Post-Premonitionism 2 installation video

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