june 2018

22jun09:4510:15Rona Lee: Truthing Gap – artistic encounters with the scientific deep09:45 - 10:15 B: Studio 1

Event Details

This artist’s talk will reference a series of ‘situated’ projects, undertaken over the last twenty years, which have adopted water / the sea as a locus of enquiry and together enquire into the material and metonymic capacity of the ‘fluid’ to trouble fixed categories.

In particular it will discuss a body of work That Oceanic Feeling (John Hansard Gallery 2012) that draws on research conducted while Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the National Oceanography Centre, (Southampton 2008–10); working alongside sonar geophysicists engaged in charting the seabed – the largest and least understood environment on the planet  Driven by an interest in the ways in which the sub maritime might be thought of as an extra geographic space – one whose histories are geological rather than social, the project probed issues of representation, knowledge production, perception and the nature of the scientific gaze. Utilising a range of media – musical composition, performance, video, sculpture and photography, to explore the poetic and philosophical resonances of the contemporary ‘depths’ and evolve new imaginaries of the Oceanographic centred upon ‘envelopment’.

See http://www.ronalee.org/that-oceanic-feeling.1/  http://www.ronalee.org/that-oceanic-feeling.1/137/index  http://www.ronalee.org/projects/2007-10</p> and Lee, R.(2013) Envisaging the Deep – imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable in – Emerging Landscapes – Between Production and Representation London: Ashgate

visuals by Angelo Madonna


Rona Lee is an artist and Professor of Fine Art, Northumbria University. Her artistic practice is process based encompassing a range of media, settings and forms of intervention. Exhibition and commissions include: The Ikon Gallery; Firstsite; Newlyn Art Gallery; Beaconsfield; Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo; La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City; John Hansard Gallery and (forthcoming) A Necessary Darkness, Amsterdam Light Festival, “dark, liquid. “On Knowledge/Non-Knowledge of the Sea”, Galerie Nord, Berlin.

She has been the recipient of awards from the British Council, UK Arts Humanities Research Council, Leverhulme Trust and Arts Council England and participated in various international artist’s residencies.


(Friday) 09:45 - 10:15


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN