Our Artist in Residence
Joanna Wright is the artist in residence with Zero Carbon Britain. Her work in progress and research during the residency will be updated online at the Zero Carbon Archive.
Joanna says about her work...
"I’ve been inspired by CAT since my first visit, over 10 years ago, and I’d firstly like to say thanks to CAT and the ZCB team for having me, to the Arts Council of Wales, who have made this residency possible and to Oriel Davies in Newtown, for their support.
We accept the way we live today as normal, but how did we get here, and where are we going?
The team at ZCB are an amazing and dedicated group. They are in the process of building a picture of what a future Britain can look like. How we’ll live, where our power will come from, what we’ll eat, how we’ll travel, and what we can do as society to affect positive change."
Her aim is to make the work of the Zero Carbon Britain team more visible and accessible to a wider audience. As an artist and documentary filmmaker much of Joanna's work uses existing archive material and oral history recordings. For part of the research for her residency at the ZCB project, she has started to look at how people in the past imagined the future.
"Through archive we have an opportunity to gain insight and reflection into where we stand in relation to the time that the original material was produced, and perhaps, where we might go from here."
You can see some postcards by artists from 19th century France imagining what the year 2000 would look like here. There’s even an early forerunner of Skype in one of the pictures!
And there’s a link here to a film clip about petroleum products from the 1950’s here. (Warning, contains slight nudity!)