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Artists Talk Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke

Hagen Betzwieser
Sue Corke

25 February 2009
15:30 - 17:00
Library Seminar A,


images © Sue Corke & Hagen Betzwiser
photos iRes

Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke are currently working on an installation of three A0 silkscreen prints, We Are Sorry for That, Back in 5 Minutes, and Good Luck With That, under the working title, We Colonised The Moon.

The artists met last summer whilst residents at the Nordic Artists Centre. They started collaboration on the project then and made the first print at the Bauhaus in Weimar in November 2008. Second print will be made at Falmouth in February and March during their residency at University College Falmouth supported by iRes and Fine Art BA (Hons). The third is planned for Amsterdam's Graffish Atelier later this spring.

The conceptual framework for the work is based on the artists initial encounter and response to the mountain glacier landscape of Sonjdeforde in Norway. This pristine and lunar like landscape of rock, ice and mist, had been invaded by tents and electricity pilons set up for a mountain film festival when Sue and Hagen stumbled into it last September. They began a discussion about colonisation and space travel which evolved into the planned installation.
The work features what is envisaged as an ongoing debate between east and west and human and nature, in the form of a graphic visualisation of a battle between spacemen and rabbits. The installation, Approved for All Ages, forms part of a now ongoing collaboration to make other related work under the same theme of We Colonised The Moon.