AV Festival 14 : Extraction
LARA ALMARCEGUI: THE LAST COAL EXTRACTION IN NEWCASTLE
Saturday 1st – Monday 31st March
Preview: Friday 28th March 6-9pm
Concerned with shifting landforms and land uses, Almarcegui’s work reveals the evolving material qualities of natural and manmade landscapes. Her work has explored sites that are abandoned, derelict or scheduled for redevelopment such as wastelands, underground passages, ruins and construction sites, spaces that are overlooked or inaccessible. Following a site visit to Newcastle, Almarcegui began researching the Science Central redevelopment, which has been extracting coal throughout 2013. In December the artist organised tours of the site, inviting the public to see the last coal extraction before it was backfilled. These geological tours showed the coal seams and different layers of earth and rock that were removed. This exhibition presents documentation from the research and guided tours.
Curated by AV Festival. Supported by Science Central a project delivered by Newcastle Science City
AV Festival 14: Extraction took place across North East England from 1 – 31 March 2014. The Festival included 11 exhibitions, 36 film screenings, 10 concerts, 11 new commissions and 25 UK premieres.
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