The World After: David Blandy
New Geographies Commission
Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-sea
David Blandy is working with Focal Point Gallery on “The World After”, a project inspired by the nature reserve of Canvey Wick on the south west corner of Canvey Island, Essex. The new work will be shown at the gallery in Autumn 2019.
The World After imagines a world after the Anthropocene, when human influence on the planet has faded, and those who remain have to find new ways to form kin.
Formerly the site of an oil refinery that was only partially built and never operational, Canvey Wick has for the past forty years been reclaimed by nature. Filming the site over a year, Blandy has returned every month to record the changes of the seasons. Using the technology emblematic of the Anthropocene era, the iPhone, the site has been filmed in both macro and slow motion, revealing the hidden ecosystem.
Focal Point Gallery / New Geographies