Thriving In The Extreme, 2018
A collaboration with Patrick Furness
Life at the Edges, Science gallery Dublin
Thriving In The Extreme on Vimeo
Thriving in the Extreme is an academic conference which brings together a group of extremophiles to discuss the extreme physiological characteristics and environments they inhabit. The extremophiles presenting include a wary, xenophobic Yeti crab, and a millennial Pompeii worm from a cluster of hydrothermal vents in the depths of the Pacific Ocean; a very tired, ancient Endolith who resides inside a layer of limestone in the Dry Valley of Antartica; a voraciously academic radiation resistant bacteria, the Deinococcus Radiodurans, and the chair of the conference, a NASA enthusiast Tardigrade. The conference has been organised for the benefit of the human species who are researching methods for surviving on Earth in the face of climate change in Age of the Anthropocene.
Rachael and Patrick were both born in 1982, in the early era of the Anthropocene epoch. Rachael makes site-specific artworks that explore physical, material, and historical relationships between ecology, industry, and the built environment. Her works are large in scale and typically consist of living organisms and ubiquitous building materials. Patrick is interested in play, interactivity, fantasies, technologies, rituals, animals, conspiracy theories and the mind-extruding possibilities of infinite multiverses. His works consolidate as videos, sounds, performance, lectures and electronics that are often physically engaged with by the audience. Together, they have started to congeal as a symbiotic, costumed, performative group that are interested in the biological stories of the universe.