Ann Grim: The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect exhibition will explore the impact of climate change in particular rising waters on humans in the next Millennium.

“The Overview Effect is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, « hanging in the void », shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this « pale blue dot » becomes both obvious and imperative. “

Michael Collins of Apollo 11 who experienced first-hand the overview effect adds: « The thing that really surprised me was that it [Earth] projected an air of fragility. And why, I don’t know. I don’t know to this day. I had a feeling it’s tiny, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful, it’s home, and it’s fragile. »

The scenography of the exhibition is designed such as the viewer experiences the overview effect by looking down at Ann Grim’s paintings from a balcony, thus feeling the fragility of the submerged « Blue marble » as beautifully described by Apollo 17 crew.

Each painting is a cultural section through the infinitely large and the infinitely small, evoking a migratory crisis on Earth and space conquest, exploring the links between the livings: place, belonging, happiness, hopes and the perception of the future.

How happy are we with the place where we are? What do we expect from the future and what does our opinion of the future say about our current position?

During the week-long exhibition, Ann Grim will be hosting a series of events to explain, discuss and debate on the topic.

Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd October: One to One preview by appointment.

Thursday 3rd October: From 6 to 8 pm, public opening with fellow artists, journalists and selected guests. From 7pm, talk with Ann Grim followed by Q&As mediated by Gordon Glyn Jones (artist & writer).

Friday 4th October: From 8 pm, on Facebook Live and filmed dinner & debate with selected guests, experts in their field (architect, hydrologist, anthropologist, economist but also poet and journalist).

Saturday 5th October: From 3 to 6 pm, workshops with local community.

Duration 01 October 2019 - 10 October 2019
Times 12-6
Cost Free
Venue The Cello Factory
Address 33-34 Cornwall Road, London, SE1 8TJ
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