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York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery, York, UK

An internationally significant new media art exhibition

**Human Nature opened at the York Art Gallery on October 21 and was due to close on January 24 2021, but new national COVID-19 restrictions mean that the exhibition is now closed. However, due to its initial success with the public, exhibition partners York Museums Trust and York Mediale have been able to extend the run of the exhibition until May 9 2021 to enable more people to visit the innovative installations on show.**

A triptych of installations under the banner of ‘Human Nature’, jointly curated by York Mediale and York Museums Trust, come together to form the centrepiece of York Mediale 2020.

The first of the three is ‘The Tides Within Us’ a new commission from one of the world’s leading immersive art collectives, Marshmallow Laser Feast, explores the journey of oxygen from lungs to the heart and body in a series of installations that echo the ecosystem within nature.

Marshmallow Laser Feast Lungs

‘Embers and the Giants’ from Canadian media artist Kelly Richardson makes its UK premiere, a short film which explores human intervention through thousands of tiny drones mimicking a natural spectacle, suggesting a time when we will need to amplify nature in order to convince the public of its worth.

Human Nature — York Mediale

Celebrated fine artist Rachel Goodyear continues her exploration into animation based work with ‘Limina’ a series of animations supported by her intricate drawings, and an untitled sculpture from York Art Gallery’s collection; all offering a glimpse into the psyche and fragments of the unconscious.

Human Nature — York Mediale

 

Together they form Human Nature, exploring notions of separation between humans, our environment and technology. With quiet contemplation, we take a journey into the ecosystem of our own lives and experiences. Revealing how our bodies are hardwired, synchronised and inextricably linked to nature. 

This important, newly curated exhibition resonates now more than ever as we navigate the health and climate change emergencies that define life in 2020.

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Human Nature — York Mediale

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Human Nature — York Mediale

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