Matterlurgy is a collaborative practice between London based artists Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright. They work with scientists, technologists and communities to address issues of environmental change; combining the production of artworks with co-constructed events and live performance. Helena works across text, performance and film. Mark’s practice intersects sound art, field recording and installation. As a duo, they have produced projects about flooding, land degradation, air pollution, waste, and climate modelling. Artworks have been made with sites including a hydropower station, disused steelworks, a laboratory for ice simulation, an abandoned copper mine, and in galleries and museum collections. They have collaborated with scientists at The University of Cambridge, King’s College London, University College London and Royal Holloway University of London, and the University of Turku.
Matterlurgy’s work has been commissioned and exhibited across international venues and partners including; Delfina Foundation, Tate Modern, Raven Row Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, ICA, The Showroom Gallery, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), UK Green Film Festival (UK), Bòlit Contemporary Arts Centre (Spain), Mains d’OEuvres (France), ONOMA (Finland), Dalane Kulturfestival with Rogaland Kunstsenter (Norway), HIAP Frontiers of Retreat (Helsinki). Current work includes a cross-disciplinary project about river ecosystems (Arts Catalyst, UK); and ongoing research with the Archipelago Research Institute (Taru Elfving, CCA, Finland).
Matterlurgy have recently been featured in, Third Text journal, MIMA's interview series Hearing from Artists and the publication Remain by Ioana B. Jucan, Jussi Parikka and Rebecca Schneider, published by University of Minnesota Press, 2019. Their project Beneath the Signal and Noise is included in the UK Green Guide: Creative Responses to Sustainability, 2020 published by Asia-Europe Foundation.