In our latest Like Minds Norfolk project, we have been looking at extraction in the local area, investigating the impact it has by visiting sites such as Blackborough End and taking part in an art workshop at the GroundWork Gallery.
What is Extraction?
‘The practice of taking resources out of the earth has become one of the biggest problems of the modern world. Everything we live in, walk on and touch daily is somehow extracted from the earth.
The built environment is made from stone extraction; oil, gas, coal for transport and industry comes from drilling, mining and fracking; a whole cocktail of extracted minerals are used in electronics. Mobile phones alone contain copper, nickel, lithium, tungsten, cobalt, tellurium and manganese. The scale of natural resource extraction, even for the so-called environmental technologies like wind turbines and electric cars, is staggering and imposing incredible and increasing stress on the earth.‘
‘Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, Extraction: the context,’ GroundWork Gallery website
Blackborough End Extraction Reflections
Here is a video by artist Ian Brownlie, who we have been working with during these visits.
Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
Currently, the GroundWork Gallery is running a programme about what we take from the Earth, involving an incredibly thought-provoking exhibition which we visited during one of our sessions.
‘This programme is part of Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a United States-based initiative begun in Montana. It is now a global coalition, a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention which seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialised natural resource extraction.’
‘Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, Art on the Edge of the Abyss,’ GroundWork Gallery website
If you would like to learn more about GroundWork’s involvement and exhibition, you can visit their website HERE.