Mariner | UK tour
The Arts Institute, Plymouth, UK
Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new multi-sensory installation The Raft of Medusa for the national touring exhibition Mariner, a contemporary response to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The exhibition inaugurates at The Arts Institute, Plymouth and tours to The Edge, Bath (06 February - 21 March 2020) and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (02 May - 04 July 2020).
The Mariner looks at what connects us across epochs, from the desire to travel – to journey out and back again, the role of intuition and imagination, making mistakes and the process of recovery and redemption. It can also be understood as an ecological story, where knowledge, scientific understanding and tolerance offer a beacon of hope for our shared future.
Orta's response is inspired by the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse (Théodore Géricault 1818-1819), a symbol of man’s fragility, helplessness and hope. Evoking the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history, this new immersive audio-visual installation closes the cycle of three performances that took place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), Les Moulins (2015) and Humber Street Gallery (2017).
Curated by Sarah Chapman, Mariner marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ voyage on the Mayflower from the UK to the United States of America in 1620.