MARINA REES

Ocean-Archive.org presents: ‘Togetherness Stories’ is a collection of works that, in the most sensitive and careful ways, reveal the watery entanglements we live in, whether located on land or at sea, and what practices we can adopt if we are to hope for a living multispecies future. The initiative is commissioned by tba21-Academy. Featuring ten artists and collectives curated by Olga Koroleva on Ocean Archive from Aug 6–Sept 30 2020, click here to see the works.


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Coming up: 28th July 2020 - Scarborough Museums Trust gallery screening 'Random allusions to whales’, hosted by film curator Martha Cattell.
Screening works by Fiona Tan, myself, and an extract from Isuma TV’s Arviq! (Bowhead!). After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the artists. Click here for more details.



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The Whale Voice Choir will be a part of the exhibition "All Good Things" at the Manchester School of Art. 06-20 March 2020.



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13th and 14th Feb. 2020: I will be part of the Hugarflug conference at the Iceland University of the Arts again, this time I will show a piece called the Glory of Cod, which is informed by current scientists' research of the Atlantic cod and its movements through waters of different temperatures.



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September-October: Visiting artist/lecture about my work with the Iceland University of the Arts: MA Design and MA Fine Art.



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I am leading workshops on bioplastics at the Reykjavík Tool Library on 12th and 26h September.
We will be testing basic recipes and experimenting with different natural ingredients.



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24th July 2019: artist talk at the London Natural History Museum Art-Science Interest Group



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I am taking part in the Hugarflug conference at the Iceland University of the Arts on Saturday 16th February : Odd Bodies : Emergent Forms.



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Here Be Whales - group show.
I will be showing video work, prints and sculptures in this two locations:
5th Feb – 22nd April 2019 at the Hull Maritime Museum.
6th Feb – 27th March 2019 at Left Bank Leeds.



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December 2018 : Interactive installation at the Icelandic Sculptors Society.


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My video Surface will be shown during 3.CineMare Int’l Ocean Film Festival 24-28/10/2018 In Kiel, Germany, presented by Ocean Contemporary Video Art.


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Morning Classes : Becoming whale - hosted by MFA Performing Arts at the Iceland University of the Arts (open to the general public) - from 02/10/2018 to 12/10/2018


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Whale Choir : at Mengi, Reykjavík 30/08/18 at 9pm.
An interactive installation and performance exploring our relationship with whales through sounds including a human choir singing whale sounds. In collaboration with Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson.
Performers: María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Mattias Martinez Carranza, Siobhan Dyson, Bergþóra Ægisdóttir, Magni Freyr Þórisson, Eirik R Waldeland, Fredrik Schjerve.


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Harvesting Stories - Event and presentation with video, sound and installation at the Ethnographic Museum of Messejana, 06/08/18.


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Residency at the Ethnographic Museum of Messejana, Portugal, 10/07/18 till 10/08/18, through the mediation of Buinho Creative Hub.


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June/July 2018: The Whale Voice Choir has had various media coverage, with interviews on the BBC radio and a video interview on the BBC website, as well as Reuters. I'm excited to see this project is getting people talking. It also has given me a chance to talk about ocean noise pollution in some of the interviews.


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North Atlantic Drift : Pursuing Whales - solo show at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre.
Preview 03/07/18 with Whale Voice Choir performance, exhibition on until 26/10/18.


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Talk - North Atlantic Whales
Giving a talk at the Dove Marine Laboratory 06/06/2018 at 7pm.


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I am an artist in residence at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre as part of North Atlantic Drift, an ongoing series of exhibitions dealing with the relationship of the North Atlantic and its coastal communities.
The residency starts in 1st June and will culminate into a show, opening on 3rd July.


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Étude des Cétacés - solo show at the Alliance Française of Reykjavík on the 14 - 18 May.


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Workshop - Introduction to making bioplastics at Iceland Academy of the Arts
BA Visual Communication
25/04/2018


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I am currently an artist in residence at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, as part of the Nightshift Residency Programme (19/02/18-19/03/18). This residency was set up as a response to Frontiers in Retreat, a collaborative enquiry into the intersections of art and ecology in various European sites.


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Lecture - Cetacean Perception and Communication at Iceland Academy of the Arts
MA Design.
18/09/2017
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C-E-T-A-C-E-A, By Lesley Harrison, on The Island Review, June 2017


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New piece on marine litter showing at the Akureyri Art Museum in group show: 'Sköpun bernskunnar', April 22nd - May 28th 2017


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January 2017:

I have been shortlisted for the DARE Art Prize, which looks at the connection between art and science. This is coordinated by Opera North and the University of Leeds' Cultural Institute. Click here to see the announcement on the Opera North website. and here to see the article on BBC.


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I am showing a new video piece at Fjúk Arts Centre on 21/10/2016 at 21:30. Ice-Fi is a project showcasing short science fiction films exploring the local landscape and mythology. This event is a part of the Explorer Festival, Húsavík, Iceland. Click here for more details about the festival.


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Whales, Art and Science: a talk about the research behind the exhibition C-E-T-A-C-E-A. At Fjúk Arts Centre, Húsavík, Iceland.


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Solo show C-E-T-A-C-E-A at the Whale Museum (Húsavík, Iceland), opens on 12th June. The exhibition will be on for a year, until June 2017.


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My eggshell whale headpiece is travelling to London to take part in the show 'Things we didn't have before' at the Pump House Gallery from 18/11/2015 till 13/12/2015. Shipping sponsored by Framsýn.


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New pieces shown in group exhibition 'Haust' at the Akureyri Art Museum from 29 August to 18 October 2015.


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the Learned Pig has published some of my writing about my experience working with whales 'The Decomposition of Cetaceans' . Link: here.