An Archaeology of the Future: Arts Catalyst Journal, Autumn 2018

Tuguldur Yondonjamts: An Artificial Nest Captures a King + Investigations into the Darkest Dark, Arts Catalyst, 2018
Tuguldur Yondonjamts: An Artificial Nest Captures a King + Investigations into the Darkest Dark, Arts Catalyst, 2018
Tuguldur Yondonjamts: An Artificial Nest Captures a King + Investigations into the Darkest Dark, Arts Catalyst, 2018
Tuguldur Yondonjamts: An Artificial Nest Captures a King + Investigations into the Darkest Dark, Arts Catalyst, 2018
Image courtesy Tom James
Image courtesy Grace Ndiritu

Arts Catalyst’s 2018 Autumn season involved a series of artists’ residencies and takeovers of our centre. Inspired by Ursula Le Guin’s novel Always Coming Home, a part-story part-text book that imagines a distant post-cataclysmic future society, Arts Catalyst’s season offered fragments that, like archaeological remains, built up an affirming sense of how we might live in a more meaningful way.

 
Mongolian artist Tuguldur Yondonjamts opened the season with a residency and exhibition An Artificial Nest Captures a King and Investigations into the Darkest Dark. Confronted by Mongolia’s rapidly changing society, Yondonjamts creates fantastical stories that enfold myths, objects and practices from across deep time, Mongolian history, and our modern globally-connected culture. His exhibition at Arts Catalyst centred on his film An Artificial Nest Captures a King, which references the unlikely discovery by scientists of an ancient alligator fossil in the frozen Altai Mountains bordering Mongolia, alongside an evolving installation of his research. During his residency, part-supported by UCL’s Anthropology Department, the artist undertook research towards a new project, which involved a new journey to the highlands of Scotland to deposit a new fossil. We organised a parallel programme of events with curator Hermione Spriggs and UCL Anthropology, addressing themes arising in Yondonjamt’s work.
 
Artist Tom James’ month-long residency, Kings Cross Gas Workshop, speculated and focused on sustainable DIY systems for a post-Brexit society and the future pressures of climate change which may alter the way we live.
 
In a mini-residency, artist Grace Ndiritu explored her experiences of living in rural, alternative and spiritual communities outside cities.

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