Judith AlderArtist, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Researcher
Are we entering a new scientific age in which immortality might actually become a reality? Would we really want to live for ever? What difference would it make if we never died? These are some of the questions which I’m asking as part of my new research project which sets out to explore man’s ongoing quest for immortality.
As part of my current research project I'll be exploring man’s ongoing quest for immortality. I’ll be working with scientists, doctors, ethicists, philosophers, artists and the public to learn more about humanity’s search for everlasting life. My investigation will take me from the history of alchemy, religion, magic and medicine, to the miracles of contemporary biomedical science which enable scientists to create, manipulate and sustain living organisms in ways which would once have been imagined only by visionaries and fantasists.
My work as an artist is driven by a desire to understand things better; looking and learning, turning things upside down and inside out, trying to make sense of the concerns, contradictions and conflicts of life. Through a gradual accumulation of ideas, research, found and made objects and experimental processes, my work takes form. In the past it has resulted in installations such as The Discovery Room, a laboratory-like room containing hand-made objects reminiscent of anatomical specimens, drawings and notes in marker pen on whiteboards, fleshy-pink wax casts on a work surface and x-rays of unfamiliar forms on light-boxes. At other times the work has developed into hand bound books filled with black biro drawings or with hair-like biro growths emanating from the inner binding; record cards and specimen bags contain evidence of ephemeral processes; photographs and videos capture experiments, drawings and assemblages develop as part of my thinking process. A recent installation, The Golden Seed, contains a living apple tree growing inside a timber framed compartment with stretched foil walls beneath glaring light and whirring fans; nearby a strongly accented voice narrates the tale of a scientist who grows a tree with fruits which bear golden seeds. Five golden seeds on a plinth in a corner of the room are apparent testament to the scientist’s success.
As a new extension of my artistic practice, I will be curating an exhibition in 2015-16.which will present a culmination of my current research alongside the work of artists, scientists and others who I will work with along the way.
- The New Immortals (What Difference Would It Make If We Never Died?) - a curatorial research project publicly funded by a Grant for the Arts from The National Lottery through Arts Council England
- Improbable Experiments With Growing Stones - a developing project and installation
- Director, Blue Monkey Network, an artists' network based at Towner, Eastbourne
- Visiting Lecturer - BA Fine Art Printmaking, University of Brighton
- 2013 Curiouser & Curiouser, an installation in the artist's home, Eastbourne
- 2012 The Visitor, a collaboration with Clare Whistler, Eastbourne Redoubt, Eastbourne
- 2011 Cafe Project, Towner, Eastbourne
- 2010 Wanderings , The Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
- 2007 Work from The Discovery Room, Canterbury Christchurch University, Rowan Williams Court, Chatham
- 2006 Work from The Discovery Room, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer
- 2004 The Discovery Room, The Casson Gallery, Eastbourne College, Eastbourne
Group exhibitions, curated projects and residencies
- Thinking Drawing, Curious Projects Gallery, The Labyrinth, Eastbourne
- Artists' Books, Riverside Gallery, Richmond
- The New Immortals: A discussion with tea event. Phoenix Brighton
- Space Interrupted, ESPS, St Leonards, Hastings
- Shared Space, a Blue Monkey Network developmental residency at Eastbourne College
- Telling Stories #2, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks
- Open Exhibition 2013: Drawing, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
- Playing with Shadows, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
- Art in Boxes, Linchpin Gallery, Eastbourne
- The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, mac birmingham, Birmingham
- East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
- Dis-location: OFF ON OFF, 37d Robertson Street, Hastings
- On the Map, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings
- The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Jerwood Space, London then touring to venues across the UK.
- Dis-location: Display Only, 186 Seaside Road, Eastbourne
- East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
- Orientation, Printers, Eastbourne
- Touch and Tell, a two person exhibition with artist Solveigh Goett, at The Freud Museum, London
- Lines of Communication, an experimental project with Clare Whistler
- Conversations, an artists’ residency at Canterbury Christchurch University working with a Speech and Language therapy student
- East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
- i swore i sore, CCW MA Interim show, The Nunnery, Bow Arts, London
- CCW MA Salon, Auto Italia, Peckham
- CIRCUMNAVIGATION, The Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Eastbourne (co-Curator, Project Manager and exhibiting artist)
- Location, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
- Small Things, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
- Breaking Ground, a year long collaborative project with a series of residencies including
- Gone To Earth, Crate Project Space, Margate
- Outside In, Phoenix Arts, Brighton
- Under Ground, Pine Gallery, Hastings
- Printmaking at the University of Brighton
- Allotmenta, Tenantry Down Allotments, Brighton
- Books as Art: Contemporary Artists' Books, West Dean College, West Sussex
- City Running, Phoenix Arts, Brighton
- Watch This Space, Phoenix Arts, Brighton
2012 Alternative Anatomies, Canterbury Christchurch University, Rowan Williams Court, Chatham Campus Projects
2009 Micro-mapping Towner, a commissioned intervention for Towner, Eastbourne
- Visiting Lecturer, University of Brighton
- Panelist, Matt Roberts Arts, Open Forum
2009 Director, Eastbourne Festival
2005-6 Art Plus Development Award Winner, Arts Council England and SEEDA
2003 Co-founder Blue Monkey Studio
Qualifications and training
- 2010 MA Fine Art, University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Art
- 2003 BA Fine Art Printmaking (first class), University of Brighton, Brighton
My Kickstarter campaign for The New Immortals is up and running. I'm hoping to raise £2500 to help support ...
Great news - I have been awarded a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England to enable me to put on ...
I'm working on a new video and series of folded books featuring excerpts from conversations from New ...
I am delighted to say that I have been awarded a grant from The Artists Benevolent Fund to enable me ...
New website and blog for The New Immortals project at http://thenewimmortals.net/
I will be taking part in Blue Monkey Network's Shared Space residency from 7th to 19th July 2014.
A project exploring the quest for immortality in an age of scientific miracles. Culminating in an exhibition ...
An exhibition of work by myself and nine invited artists exploring immortality in an age of scientific ...
A rare opportunity to visit the Blue Monkey shared workspace, meet the artists and guests, see their ...
A curated show of moving image work. Featuring Judith Alder, Simon Barker, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Adrianna ...
An illustrated talk in which Judith presents a selection of myths and miracles, from past and present ...
An exhibition of working drawings by artists, contemporary craftspeople and designers who use drawing ...
To coincide with Richmond's annual literature festival, this exhibition showcases contemporary artists’ ...
An afternoon of readings, film clips, music, tea and conversation. Discussing immortality in an age of ...
Installations created by four artists interrupting, disturbing or upsetting a sense of place.
|Location||Eastbourne, South East|
|Activities||Practice-based research, Residencies, Training delivery, Curating, Studio practice|
|Artforms / type of project||Curatorial project, Book Works, Drawing, Installation, Photography|
|Tags||science, nature, drawing, installation, research, collaboration, event, life, immortality, medicine|