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Terrestrial Act – A film by Hot Desque

3 - 19 November 2021 Wed - Fri, 12 - 5pm

Following Terrestrial Act I, the public exhibition on stage at the Theatre Royal, the curatorial duo Hot Desque is back to Newcastle to deliver Terrestrial Act II: a film screening & public programme at The NewBridge Project

A collaborative artist film, Terrestrial Act evokes a future-past landscape through the sculptures of six artists. Spotlit scenery comes alive within an empty theatre, hinting at processes of extractive capitalism and human interference within the natural world. The focus shifts between past and present, staged and unstaged, and organic and fabricated, to explore what it means to animate supposedly inanimate matter, and begin dissolving hierarchical classifications of life forms. Playing upon the traditions of landscape set design and painting, the film explores the history of the romanticisation of nature: framed, reduced and pacified through an anthropocentric and Western perspective.


Terrestrial Act explores these questions at a crucial time to coincide with UN Climate Talks COP26, in Glasgow, seen as our last chance to minimise the already-felt impacts of global warming upon humans and more-than-humans.

Featuring artists:

Sam Carvosso, Anna Reading, Davinia-Ann Robinson, Hannah Rowan, Harry Smithson, Giorgio van Meerwijk

Cinematography by Rosie Taylor


Screening information

Wednesday 3rd – Friday 19th November

Gallery opening hours: Wednesday – Friday (12 – 5pm)

Join us for some closing drinks on Friday 19 November (4 – 8pm)


Founded in 2018, Hot Desque is a curatorial partnership by artists Lizzy Drury and Neena Percy, showing emerging and established artists within site-specific exhibitions including a former nightclub.The exhibitions bring artworks together as part of a theatrical mise-en-scène, providing a platform for experimentation and interdependence.

Supported by Arts Council England

In partnership with Theatre Royal Newcastle and The NewBridge Project