York Mediale – Human Nature

York Mediale - Human Nature

Thursday 22 October (10:00 am)

York Art Gallery

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An internationally significant new media art exhibition

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.


‘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.

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.

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.