Exhibitions

 
  • DOROTHY CROSS FORGE 2007 Cast bronze skull & cast iron anvil Courtesy of the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin All Images Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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  • MARCUS COATES HUMAN REPORT 2009 Digital Video 7 min 16 secs Broadcast 8.26pm 23.5.2008 Channel 9 TV, Galapagos Produced in association with Galapagos Conservation Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Galapagos Artists' Residency Programme. With kind assistance from Channel 9 TV, Galapagos Camera by Elke Hartmann Courtesy of the Artist and Workplace Gallery

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  • MARCUS COATES HUMAN REPORT 2009 Digital Video 7 min 16 secs Broadcast 8.26pm 23.5.2008 Channel 9 TV, Galapagos Produced in association with Galapagos Conservation Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Galapagos Artists' Residency Programme. With kind assistance from Channel 9 TV, Galapagos Camera by Elke Hartmann Courtesy of the Artist and Workplace Gallery

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • CHARLES AVERY ONE ARMED SNAKE 2009 Courtesy of the artist, doggerfisher, Edinburgh and Pilar Corias, London

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  • CHARLES AVERY ONE ARMED SNAKE 2009 Courtesy of the artist, doggerfisher, Edinburgh and Pilar Corias, London

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  • DOROTHY CROSS SAPIENS 2007 Cast bronze skull and antique brass tripod Courtesy of the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin All Images Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Dorothy Cross JELLY FISH LAKE 2002 DVD (mini dv transferred) 6 mins Courtesy of the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Mark Dion TROPICAL COLLECTORS (Bates, Spruce and Wallace) 2009 Various equipment, sand Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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  • Conrad Shawcross PRE RETROSCOPE V 2008 Wooden boat, motor, video projector, found objects, drawing on wall, two photographs Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Mark Fairnington TALLY Oil on canvas on wood All Images Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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  • Marcus Coates INTELLIGENT DESIGN 2009 High Definition Video 8 min 44 secs Charles Darwin Research Centre, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Produced in association with Galapagos Conservation Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Galapagos Artists' Residency Programme Courtesy of the Artist and Workplace GallerY

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Ben Jeans Houghton ON THE ARK AND I 2009 Durational performance, shed built out of reclaimed timber, archive boxes, found objects Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Dorothy Cross JELLY FISH LAKE 2002 DVD (mini dv transferred) 6 mins Courtesy of the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Mark Dion TROPICAL COLLECTORS (Bates, Spruce and Wallace) 2009 Various equipment, sand Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Mark Fairnington TALLY Oil on canvas on wood All Images Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

    © BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

A Duck Mr.Darwin

Evolutionary Thinking & The Struggle To Exist

10 April 2009 - 20 September 2009

Charles Avery // Marcus Coates // Dorothy Cross // Mark Dion // Andrew Dodds // Mark Fairnington // Ben Jeans Houghton // Tania Kovats // Conrad Shawcross

A Duck for Mr. Darwin is a group exhibition of contemporary artists exploring evolutionary thinking and the Theory of Natural Selection. The exhibition focuses on the legacy of Charles Darwin’s ideas and is informed by the spirit of experimentation which was so distinctive to the time in which he lived.

A Duck for Mr. Darwin presents individual artworks which mix fact and fiction, experimentation and observation, methods of display and several artists’ own research of and journeys to the Galapagos Islands.  Located within Level 3 gallery, the exhibition presents work by nine contemporary artists including a number of new commissions.

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Journey with the Blue Footed Booby around the Galapagos Islands in a new film by Marcus Coates, see earthworms in Tania Kovats’s new piece entitled Worm, a glass fronted display of a working wormery, which will change over the course of the exhibition and explore Mark Dion’s re-presentation of collected equipment, artefacts and trappings of the Tropical Collectors.

The exhibition title references the story of an exchange of letters between the young naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. In 1857 Wallace was to send Darwin a specimen - a domestic duck from the island of Lombok. Just a year later he would send a short twenty page essay on species variation. This correspondence proved to be an important catalyst precipitating the publishing of Darwin’s monumental theory – the Origin of Species in 1859.

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