‘My Nike will live longer than me’ and ‘Noctilucent Canary’
As a techno romanticist, Jasmine Targett’s work aims to visually and conceptually investigate ‘blind spots’ in perception, making the void between existence and nature tangible. Exploring the tension between awareness and visibility, her work highlights issues surrounding anthropocentrism and the environment.
My Nike will live longer than me
Jasmine Targett: My Nike will live longer than me 2017 Glass Crystal, Dichroic Lens Installation size – L400 W400 H120 mm. Glass – L290 W190 H110 mm
A walking meditation – “As I walk I realise my shoes will live outlive me. Long after I am gone, the materials they are made from will preserve them as entities independent of my ownership and one day the environment will reclaim them.”
In My Nike will live longer than me, the artist’s shoe embodies ‘the Nike’ as a symbol of the human footprint of consumerism and the longevity of its impact on the environment. Quartz crystals pierce the surface and grow through the shoe, giving a sense of the inevitability of climate and time reclaiming the environment, perhaps independently or hostilely from humanity.
Originating from NASA space technology, the shoe sits on a dichroic-lens. This material makes the form appear animated using reflected light to change colour depending on the angle on which it is viewed. Constantly revealing new aspects of its dimensional interpretation of form and space, the work references how climate science studies nature, allowing us a glimpse into possible and predicted futures.
It is through our ability to fundamentally understand our relationship with nature and co-create with the environment in a positive way that will define our future as a species.
Jasmine Targett: Noctilucent Canary Series I, II, III 2017 Series of three prints on silk L620 W700mm – each
The series Noctilucent Canary explores the edges of vision. Employing the idea of a satellite as ‘an all seeing eye in the sky’, telemetry, data and images of Noctilucent phenomena are filtered through a series of lenses and prisms to explore the transitory process through which super-ecological[i] phenomena become visible.
Visible only in Earth’s shadow at deep twilight, Noctilucent clouds[ii] are visual signifiers of climate change in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Increasing in frequency, brightness and extent, Noctilucent clouds are being flagged by scientists as Earth’s ‘atmospheric climate canary’ heralding the visible beginning of the anthropogenic era.
[i] Super Ecology – The concept that the natural and artificial have become inextricably bound within one greater super ecological system.
[ii] Noctilucent (night shining) clouds exist in the upper atmosphere at an altitude of 76,000 – 85,000 meters. There is no record of them existing before 1885.