Rehearsals for Uncertain Futures is a short film about a Sea Ice Simulator (SIS) used in climate science to predict and model the impact of black carbon on ice reflectivity. Shot on location within SIS, a series of shipping containers situated in woodland, the work shifts between local ecologies of wildlife and fauna, to the technological manufacture of ice and the energy required to sustain such relations. The film focuses on the interconnections between the lab and field amplifying physical and material production practices behind climate simulation and predictive data modeling. How does data become data, where exactly is the field, what practices of maintenance and care does simulation require?

Commissioned by the Centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of Creating Earth Futures. Made in collaboration with filmmaker Daniel Beck and Professor Martin King from the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.  The film premiered on 9th May 2019 at Raven Row Gallery, London with screenings at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Furtherfield Commons and as part of the UK Green Film Festival at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.

Matterlurgy Bio

Matterlurgy is a collaborative practice by artists Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright (UK, London). Mark has a PhD in Sound Arts from the University of the Arts, London and works across sound, installation and performance. Helena trained at Slade School of Fine Art, London and her practice incorporates text, performance and film. Matterlurgy critically explore the intersections of art, science and technology in relation to environmental change. Their approach is interdisciplinary, involving collaborations with scientists, communities, sites and their materialities.

They have produced projects that address flooding, land degradation, air pollution and climate modelling with academics, local communities and technologists. Matterlurgy create soundworks, exhibitions and installations, performance, film and VR/AR. Their work has been shown at Tate Modern, Raven Row Gallery, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, ICA, The Showroom Gallery, Delfina Foundation, Gazelli Art House, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK), Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona (ES), Frontiers in Retreat, HIAP, Helsinki (FI) and Jøssingfjord Hydropower Station, Sokndal, (NO).