Laura Harrington is an artist and PhD candidate at BxNU, Northumbria University. Her work operates across moving image, drawing, installation, printed matter and sound; often in multi-disciplinary research and collaborations.
Working between geophysical locations and urban spaces she has a specific interest in geomorphology and the field of physical geography, creating works which centre around an idea of upstream consciousness. These draw on artistic fieldwork activities and their potential to investigate complex relations and inter-dependencies involved in our experience and understanding of landscape and ecology.
Over recent years she has developed dialogues with other artists, ecologists and physical scientists through specific places and these discussions form the bedrock of a process-based enquiry. Recent work developed through a Leverhulme Trust Residency in the Department of Geography at Durham University explored erosion within blanket peatlands as a means to consider our relationship to peat as seemingly mundane and viscous matter.
Harrington has exhibited widely through exhibitions and events in the UK and Europe. Her work and activities have been supported through a range of residencies and commissions funded by arts councils, foundations, cultural and academic institutions, regional arts organisations and environmental agencies. Recent exhibitions and residencies include Projections (Tyneside Cinema), UNIDEE/Cittadellarte (Italy), MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), Hangmen Projects (Stockholm), HIAP (Helsinki International Arts Programme), Durham University (Department of Geography/Leverhulme), Invisible Dust, Woodhorn Museum, BALTIC 39, VARC, AV Festival (UK) and Joya:arte + ecologia (Spain). Her AHRC funded practice based PhD project Upstream Consciousness: Artist’s fieldworking and boggy ecologies, explores specific approaches within artist’s fieldwork and the capacity for them to expand ecological, spatial and material understandings of the field within the wider context of contemporary ecological relations.