Mongolian artist Tuguldur Yondonjamts opened the season with a residency and exhibition An Artificial Nest Captures a King and Investigations into the Darkest Dark
. Confronted by Mongolia’s rapidly changing society, Yondonjamts creates fantastical stories that enfold myths, objects and practices from across deep time, Mongolian history, and our modern globally-connected culture. His exhibition at Arts Catalyst centred on his film An Artificial Nest Captures a King
, which references the unlikely discovery by scientists of an ancient alligator fossil in the frozen Altai Mountains bordering Mongolia, alongside an evolving installation of his research. During his residency, part-supported by UCL’s Anthropology Department, the artist undertook research towards a new project, which involved a new journey to the highlands of Scotland to deposit a new fossil. We organised a parallel programme of events with curator Hermione Spriggs and UCL Anthropology, addressing themes arising in Yondonjamt’s work.
Artist Tom James’ month-long residency, Kings Cross Gas Workshop
, speculated and focused on sustainable DIY systems for a post-Brexit society and the future pressures of climate change which may alter the way we live.