The Hayward, London
Hayward Gallery - Southbank Center
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
June 11 - August 17, 2008
Curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim
This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Crafts Council, with the additional assistance of the Norton Family Foundation and George Loudon.
Opening Reception: Tuesday June 10, Hayward Gallery.
Crochet Reef Symposium: Friday June 13, 10am-4pm.
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibition opened at The Hayward Project Space on June 11th, 2008.
The exhibition is the loveliest and most complex incarnation of the project to date and we are delighted to acknowledge all the Contributors whose work collectively makes this such a wondrous show—proof that the whole really can be more than the sum of its parts.
List of Contributors to The Hayward exhibition
Christine Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim, Sarah Simons, Evelyn Hardin, Dr Axt, Helen Bernasconi, Marianne Midelburg, Helle Jorgensen, Barbara Wertheim, Daina Taimina, Heather McCarren, Anitra Menning, Clare O'Callaghan, Shari Porter, Vonda N. McIntyre, Ildiko Szabo, Inga Hamilton, Rebecca Peapples, Sue Von Ohlsen, Nancy Lewis, Kathleen Greco, Aviva Alter, Catherine Chandler, Pate Conaway, Kristine Brandel, Cindy Bennish, Nadia Severns, Arlene Minzter; with Paula Peng, Allie Gerlach, Spring Pace, David Orozco, Karen Frazer, Karen Page, Lynn Latta, Diana Simons, Barbara Robinson, Jill Schrier, Dagmar Frinta, Njoya Angrum, Barbara Van Elsen, Pamela Stiles, Jessica Stapp, Kat Ramsland, Barbara Wakesfield, Amber Reyes, Ranu Mukherjee's class at CCA, Katie Bevan, Rosie Sykes, Refia Sacks, Beverly Griffith, Anita Bruce, and Sien Chu Kerk.
See a complete list of the 100 women of the UK who contributed to the UK Reef on the UK Reef page.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
- Dr Axt's wondrous "Reefer Madness", hanging in the entranceway
- A flock of incredible “bottle tree” forms by New York contributor Nadia Severns
- Kathleen Greco's luscious pink-plastic Jelly-Yarn "sand"
- Helle Jorgensen's beautiful hanging plastic-bag-crochet "Rubbish Vortex"
- Flocks of elegant white spires by Evelyn Hardin
- Aviva Alter's Chicago Cambrian Reef, showing here for the first time
- A new incarnation of the Plastic Exploding Inevitable Reef, plus wall mounted plastic beauties by Arlene Mintzer
- A tiny exquisite plastic-box reef drawing by Alicia Escott
- A brand new Red Reef, with coral pile by Cindy Bennish and Anitra Menning
- A brand new Blue and Orange Reef, with sea slugs by Marianne Midelburg
- The spectacular Beaded Reef, with masterworks by Sue von Ohlsen and Rebecca Peapples (this one has proved a huge crowd pleaser although it is the smallest reef in the exhibition)
- Inga Hamilton's huge, marvelous wall-mounds and flotilla of plastic jelly fish forms made from recycled packaging materials
- The Bleached Reef, always a crowd favorite and seen here in an expanded version with new pieces from many of our most beloved Contributors plus a poignant pile of tiny crocheted balls by unknown factory workers in China.
- A spectacular mound of flourescent corals by Ildiko Szabo, starring in the brand new UK Reef.
- A grove of blue plastic-bag pilar corals by Clare O'Callaghan, starring in the Toxic Reef.
The exhibition has received excellent press, including features in The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist and Craft Magazine.
- The Guardian
- The Times (London)
- Craft Magazine
- New Scientist
- The Times (London) article on Dr Daina Taimina
In addition to the works in the The Hayward Project Space, the IFF's plastic extravaganza the Toxic Reef is also exhibited in an adjacent building of the Southbank Centre in the foyer of Royal Festival Hall. This time the Toxic Reef has been configured in a giant ziggurat formation that calls to mind the ecstatic frenzy of a voodoo alter.
Alongside the Toxic Reef is the brand new UK Reef, constructed by the citizens of the UK over the past 4 months. More than 100 Engish and Irish women and a few men have contributed to this work under the able guidance of Cathy Woolley for the Southbank Center and Katy Bevan for The Crafts Council.
The UK Reef, seen above, is unique in its structure, for in this instance all the crochet pieces are attached to giant "reef balls" that simulate the actual concrete reef balls used to help regenerate devastated reefs. This marvelous innovation was dreamed up by Cathy Woolley, who worked with local London sculptors to realize the vision.
During Summer 2008 - in this International Year of the Reef - the Crochet Coral Reef will be showing in London at the Hayward Gallery. The exhibition will include an expanded version of the Bleached Reef, a new configuration of the Ladies Silurian Reef, the beautifully archaic Branched Anemone Garden, and the ever-growing Toxic Reef. On show for the first time will be the wondrously surreal Chicago Cambrian Reef (curated by IFF contributor Aviva Alter), plus a new formation of the Beaded Reef by master beaders Rebecca Peapples and Sue Von Ohlsen. The exhibition will also debut several new plastic installations: The Exploding Plastic Inevitable Reef (with hot-pink sand by Kathleen Greco), and the Bottle Tree Grove (featuring works by Christine Wertheim, Evelyn Hardin and Nadia Severns). Hanging elements in the show will include the all-plastic-bag Rubbish Vortex by Australian contributor Helle Jorgensen, a flotilla of jellyfish by Irish crafter Inga Hamilton, and Dr Axt's psychedelic coral-cloud "Reefer Madness."
In addition to the IFF reefs, the exhibition will also debut the amazing new UK Reef, currently being constructed by crafters across the UK (with contributions from Ireland, and even Australia - hey its a former colony).
On Friday June 13 the Southbank center will host an all-day symposium inspired by the Crochet Reef Project. Speakers will include crochet reef creators Margaret and Christine Wertheim; mathematician Dr Daina Taimina, inventor of hyperbolic crochet; radical UK crafters, environmentalists, and coral reef biologists.
We are honored with this show to have the generous support of the UK Crafts Council, who have spearheaded the production of a UK Reef, which will be exhibited alongside the IFF Reefs at the Hayward Gallery and Southbank Center. In March 2008, IFF Director Margaret Wertheim travelled to London to hold workshops and get London crafters started. Some 40 artisans attended, and even in the space of that first weekend it was clear the UK Reef was going to be a uniquely complex construction. This is the third local spawn from the IFF core reef, following similar initiatives in Chicago and New York, and we are already certain (given the photos above) that the collected talents of Bristish crafters are going to produce something very special indeed.
The UK Reef is being managed for the Crafts Council by Katy Bevan, and for the Hayward Gallery by Becca Connock and Cathy Woolley. We welcome all those who would like to participate in this collective endeavour. If you live in the UK (or would like to think you do, or just feel like pretending you are British for a bit) and would like to participate in the UK Reef, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Crafts Council may be seen at their website: www.craftscouncil.org.uk
See here for the latest issue of Crafts magazine with a lovely article about the Crochet Reef Project: www.craftscouncil.org.uk/crafts-magazine/
One of the core goals of the IFF Crochet Reef project is to draw attention to the tsunami of plastic trash that is flooding into our oceans. From the beginning, the Hayward team have embraced this goal and sought to bring it into prominence within the exhibition. We are delighted to have the partnership here of the environmental organization Thames21, whose mission is to help clean up the banks of the Thames, which (along with river-ways everywhere) is being inundated with trash. In March, Thames21 director Chris Coode escorted the exhibition team on a mile-long expedition along the Thames bank to collect plastic bags. The bags were cleaned and brought to the Hyperbolic Crochet workshop at the Southbank Center on the weekend of March 16/17. Thames21 has agreed to provide a supply of genuine grubbed-up-from-the-Thames plastic bags for production of UK Reef forms. We are delighted to announce that while not everyone is willing to crochet used plastic bags, a number of the workshop participants embraced the idea. Indeed, several had come with their own plastic bags, including bright orange Sainsbury's and Okada bags, which happen to be the exact colour featured in the Toxic Reef. We are especially eager to have UK Reef contributions in plastic, and we encourage all participants to think about using their own plastic discards in their reef forms.
More information about Thames21 and their clean-up work can be seen at the organization's website: www.thames21.org.uk
More information about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
More information about crocheting plastic trash.
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibition at the Hayward Gallery is generously supported by the Crafts Council, with additional assistance from the Norton Family Foundation and George Loudon.
The Crochet Reef has been produced with support from the Annenberg Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Norton Family Foundation, and Daniel and Joanna Rose Foundation.
Special thanks to Ralph Rugoff and Clare West.
The Art And Craft of Saving The World
Symposium, Friday 13 June 2008, 10am-3pm
(Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall)
Belvedere Road, London SE1-8XX
In association with the Crochet Reef exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall, the Southbank Center is hosting a day-long symposium bringing together scientists, crafters and environmentalists.
This seminar is generously supported by a grant from the Crafts Council.
Join leading international craft specialists and environmental experts for a day of discussions and workshops exploring the relationships between craft and climate change, science and mathematics, inspired by the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibition at The Hayward (11 June - 17 August 2008).
- Introduction by Jude Kelly, artistic director Southbank Centre.
- Keynote address by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring.
- Panel discussion chaired by artist and curator Janis Jefferies and Dr. Marcus du Sautoy, one of the UK's leading scientists and celebrated mathematical author.
- Further speakers include: world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor; Rosy Greenlees, Crafts Council; Clare Twomby of Cape Farewell and Eden Project; Rachael Matthews of Cast Off; Inga Hamilton, fibre artist; Dr. Mark Miodownik, founder of the Materials Library; Bridget Nichols ecology writer and director of Pestival; and New York based mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina.
Tickets £20 Concessions: £10
To book tickets please call (UK) 0871 663 2598 Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm
Full Symposium Schedule
10.00 Jude Kelly: welcome to the Southbank Centre and introduction to symposium chairs.
10.10 Janis Jefferies and Marcus du Sautoy: opening remarks
10.20 Rosy Greenlees: welcome from the Craft Council, introduction to the Institute For Figuring and the Crochet Reef Project
10.30 Margaret and Christine Wertheim, co-directors of the Institute For Figuring, will give a Keynote address about the history and evolution of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, exploring the project's interweaving strands of mathematics, marine biology, ecological activism, feminine handicraft and collective feminist practice.
11.15 Panel discussion chaired by Janis Jefferies and Dr. Marcus Du Sautoy
- Does art and craft have to a role to play in the fight against climate change and public understanding of science?
- How have scientists' theories and research on climate change influenced the work of contemporary artists and crafts people?
- What future potential is there to develop relationships between scienctific research and contemporary art and craft
- Dr. Daina Taimina - Mathematician, Cornell University, and inventor of hyperbolic crochet
- Bridget Nichols - Arts and Ecology Advisor to London Zoological Society
- Clare Twomby - Cape Farewell applied artist in residence at Eden Project
- Margaret Wertheim - Science writer and IFF Director
Dr. Christine Wertheim - Professor of Critical Studies, California Institute for the Arts, and IFF Co-Director
- Jason Taylor - Artificial Reef Sculptor
Dr. Mark Miodownik - Founder of the Materials Library
Question and Answers from audience
12.00 – 1230 Dr. Daina Taimina and Inga Hamilton
Hyperbolic table challenges - activities combining mathematics and handiwork construction.
(audience encouraged to continue through lunch)
12.30 - 13.15 Lunch
Daina Taimina and Inga Hamilton update (tables to show what they have made/achieved)
13.15 – 13.45 Discussion with Rachel Matthews and Dr. Mark Miodownik
13.45 - 14.15 Discussion with Jason deCaires Taylor & coral reef expert
14.15- 14.30 Coral Reef table challenges led by CoralCay and Inga Hamilton
14.30 – 15.00 Conclusion from Chair and Q & A to afternoon speakers
15.00 - 17.00 Viewing the Crochet Reef exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall
Hyperbolic Coral Crochet Reef is a Southbank Centre exhibition in partnership with The Crafts Council