09 Nicky with her Heifers at Down Farm

Annette Habel and Leonie Hampton

A show of pho­tog­ra­phy and mov­ing image by Annette Habel and Leonie Hampton

17/09/22 – 15/10/22
Opening Times
Sun–Mon, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 16:00
Annette Habel: "I take photographic portraits amongst my local community in North Devon using only moonlight as a light source. The portraits are taken at night, around the time of full moon, usually at the sitter’s home or on their land. It requires the use of long exposures of about a minute; the sitter is instructed to stay as still as possible. The camera records their involuntary small movements, and yet also their stillness, against the backdrop of the north Devon countryside and rotating sky."

Leonie Hampton: Leonie Hampton will be showing "Our Body is a Planet"

Our Body is a Planet is an art/science collaboration between Léonie Hampton of Still/Moving and scientists at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter. This short film challenges the way we think of ourselves as individual genetically prescribed entities, independent from our surroundings. Without fungi and bacteria our bodies and biosphere would not exist; we are in partnership with the microbial world. Our bodies are made up of more microbial cells that our own ‘human’ cells. This symbiotic life sustaining alliance is under threat, partly as a result of the colossal scale of the destructive practices wrought by humans on the planet during the age of the anthropocene. The delicate balance between living bodies and the world is in danger. Fungi are being forced to adapt to changing environments and this is leading to an increase in fungal pathogens and the spread of new diseases. Today, mostly as a result of modern medicine, HIV, and climate change the number of lethal fungal infections is increasing, killing 1.5 million people a year. If these practices continue to grow scientists warn that we will face a medical emergency with an increase in drug resistance, and the threat of fungal virulence due to climatic change.

Simultaneously there is so much to be gained from the study of fungi; about which we still understand very little. They offer us collective, resilient, regenerative ways of being that might in turn lead us back to a more balanced partnership with the microbial world and one another. The symbiotic and pathogenic pathways of fungi challenge our animal imaginations and mechanistic modern systems of life, offering new possibilities of how we might learn to “live and die well together on a damaged planet” *
*Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the end of the World
09 Nicky with her Heifers at Down Farm