an evening of conversation, screenings, and chili, with artist Andrew Ranville
Andrew Ranville, the first artist-in-residence at Import Projects (mid-March to mid-April), is currently carrying out research in preparation for programming planned for Autumn 2017 in collaboration with The Temporal School of Experimental Geography.
During the evening Andrew will present his projects and research concerning the artist's role in our new ecological reality, the mutability of geopolitical borders, global community and individual sovereignty amidst the rise of populist thought, and how to drink water from the bottom of a lake without drowning. In addition, for the first time publicly, Andrew will digitally screen a short selection of his experimental Super 8 and 16mm films. Anja Henckel and Marietta Auras will share an overview of the program the Temporal School of Experimental Geography will be participating in later in 2017. Following the talk Andrew will share his signature Rabbit Island dish: a five bean sweet potato chili (veg friendly), inviting everyone to join in an open conversation concerning the issues raised.
Andrew was born in Michigan, United States. He received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2008. Since early 2016 he has been living and working nomadically. Andrew’s expeditions, installations, sculptures, architectural interventions, photographs, and films regularly explore landscape, conservation, and community. The balance between the formal and functional aspects of the work often elicits viewer interaction, and are realized using ecologically sensitive methods emphasizing revitalization and resilience. In February of 2016 he became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, having presented at the annual Explore Conference since 2013. Andrew co-founded and developed the Rabbit Island Residency program in 2010. Each summer he welcomes a new group of international artists to live and work on a unique 91-acre wilderness island located in Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.