Octopus Encounters: An Immersive Library of Octopus Aesthetics

After a little delay due to Covid-19 … our work feeler traveled to Koln and was successfully installed as part of Octopus Encounters: An Immersive Library of Octopus Aesthetics. The exhibition is on till November. A virtual conference Other Worlds – Octopus in Interdisciplinary Perspectives will be held on 30-31st October. Hosted by the University of Kassel and GLASMOOG See: www.okto-lab.org for updates and to register for the conference.

Photos below: Courtesy of Heike Pfohl, GLASMOOG

Oktolab – Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

Just installed feeler a mOwson&M0wson collaborative work as part of the Okto-lab exhibition at Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart.  This work will also travel to Cologne in 2020.

tentacles cast 1

Exciting day – first cast off the new 150cm mould.  I loved how the inverted cast looked like a mini-boobscape, it’s fantastic when the work has resonances with previous works.  The cast was easily demoulded with just a little split at the base, and at 150cm has quite a presence.  The texture is subtle and yet evocative.  Now time to start making more – it takes a minimum of a week to make a cast, and each will be individualised along the way.  Hoping to amass a large number of them to play around with install possibilities.

Work in progress – OktoLab

Over the last hot week or so I’ve made up the large (150cm) and small (50cm) Plasticine moulds – now to start painting on the latex layers for the casts.  Reading ‘The Case Against Octopus Farming’ and watching videos of people drying octopus in the sun … despite, or because of, the wonderful things I have been reading about octopuses – I have ended up looking at how we exploit, use and consume these wonderful animals.

‘biofabricated leather’ samples

First work in progress test casts.  As part of my new propositional sculpture installation bloodlines – I’m starting to test out various molds for swatches of fanciful ‘skins’.  These ones feature suckers, valves and scales.  The suckers casts are double-dipping for my new research into octopuses, using the teats/nipple molds from boobscape to create the mold (I have some larger ones in progress).IMG_2910