Our Time on Earth in The Curve at the Barbican is an extraordinary and beautifully curated show with a real mission to focus in on where we are now and where we need to be in relation to our use of and how we work with our planet. Guest Curators Caroline Till and Kate Franklin, authors of the wonderful book Radical Matter, have created a holistic and thought provoking show where the fabric of the exhibition is as important as the exhibits themselves. Margent Farm corrugated panels manufactured by Cecence and our ecocence range of natural, warm umber and burnt umber hemp fibre bio resin veneers are used throughout the show to house a number of the exhibits to great effect, their depth and richness of colour and patina demonstrating there is an alternative to more conventional materials used in exhibition environments.
Three different shades of ecocence hemp veneers were manufactured and fabricated by Cecence to house air, water and soil samples taken from the Barbican Estate in April 2022.
The White Wall Company have constructed a Tardis like central area which uses the hemp corrugations horizontally to form a large semi circular skirt and frames the space for Territorial Agency‘s stunning ‘2040 – Sensible Zone’.
Placed vertically the hemp corrugated panels act as a backdrop to the display of costumes by Anne Crabtree for Planet City by Liam Young.
Other design materials and elements work elegantly alongside the richness of the hemp materials with most of the signage on clay plaster boards printed with algae ink.
Till gave an impassioned speech at Wednesday evening’s private view thanking her fellow collaborators and talking of the importance of cultivating networks of artists, architects, designers, engineers and makers in enabling a mycelium like network of work to be created. She ended by highlighting that innovation was driven by collaboration, a philosophy that Cecence has always adopted to good effect.