Review: Donx Dialogues, 4 August 2022

Donx Dialogues, created in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as a precursor to ArtBomb 22, welcomed the artist and academic Meena Vari to talk about her Future of Transport project in Bangalore. Meena talked about the pressures on Bangalore as a fast growing Indian city and the opportunities of working in India’s equivalent to Silicon Valley. Her students are given the freedom to just think about and imagine the future as they see it. Unlike Meena and her fellow academics the students are unfettered and allow their imaginations to create futures uninhibited by fear of the end of the world.

Meena Vari

Alongside Meena, Yu-Chen Wang, a British Taiwanese artist exploring cultural identity and Dr. Antony Hall a Manchester based artist currently investigating moss in his cycle drawn laboratory spoke about their inspiration for their projects as part of ArtBomb 22: Alternative Ecologies.

Yu-Chen Wang

Both artists are exploring the strain felt by the landscape and looking to record and describe the results of their enquiries. Wang is launching a new video artwork, Full Circle within the festival, which explores Doncaster’s mining connections.

Chaired by curator and academic Rob la Frenais, Donx Dialogues focused on the concerns that ordinary people might have for stark changes in the landscape and how it was important to discuss these at every opportunity.

Donx Dialogues was co-presented by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and their chief executive, Mike Winstanley set the scene for the discussion by talking about the creation of Potteric Carr, itself made from the mined landscape.

Donx Dialogues was the perfect precursor to ArtBomb 22 managing to set the context for discussion both globally and locally and managing to weave the art into the science and vice versa.

Antony Hall, Meena Vari and Yu-Chen Wang

ArtBomb 22: Alternative Ecologies, Doncaster 11-14 August