Miranda Whall: When Earth Speaks

Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Preview 26 June, 5 – 8pm


‘When Earth Speaks’ integrates science, nature, technology, and art to explore the relationship between data, humans, and the natural world.

Miranda Whall’s When Earth Speaks draws upon a data stream generated by a high-resolution soil sensor network installed for the Making the invisible visible project in the Elenydd plateau in the Cambrian Mountains, Mid Wales, known as the Ffridd (the upland fringe), approximately 600m above sea level. Whall utilises the continuously generated raw (dirty) unprocessed dataset as material from which to create durational drawings – analogue storage systems, or ink clouds, and subsequently sound compositions, music, dance, performance, and film.

The exhibition consists of drawings, sculpture, film, performance, the living mountain, robotics, music composition and photographs. Part of a wider multimodal project, it introduces innovative approaches to translating and comprehending ecological and environmental scientific research. Through inter-semiotic translation between numerical code and non-verbal language such as visual art, music, and dance, it provides a non-representational interpretation of the Welsh upland landscape. The artist’s process, characterised by playfulness and intuition, emphasises relationality, duration, complexity, plurality, and embodied experience.

Through a multispecies perspective informed by ecofeminist and data-feminist principles, Whall seeks to explore the underlying structures that contribute to our ecological impasse. When Earth Speaks integrates science, nature, technology, and art to explore the relationship between data, humans and the natural world.

Miranda Whall (b. Cardiff, 1969) attended University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, The Royal Academy Schools, and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was recipient of an Arts Council Wales Major Creative Wales Award in 2012 and an Arts Council Wales Large Production Grant in 2017/18. She is currently Director of Creative Arts and lecturer in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University. Her first solo exhibition at Vane was Where the monkey sleeps in 2005.

See here for more information abou the wider When Earth Speaks project — and read Miranda Whall’s Artist Story on the Vane website.

Orbis Community 65 High Street Gateshead NE8 2AP

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27 June—20 July 2024


  • Wed 12 – 5pm
  • Thu 12 – 5pm
  • Fri 12 – 5pm
  • Sat 12 – 5pm
  • One step access to front door: portable ramp available
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