Georgie Friedman | Hurricane Lost

Georgie Friedman, Hurricane Lost, 2021. Video still.
ACT at MIT

Join ACT lecturer Georgie Friedman for a series of virtual events in conjunction with her exhibition, Georgie Friedman: Hurricane Lost at Emerson Contemporary, Emerson College’s Platform for Visual Arts. Georgie Friedman: Hurricane Lost is on view in the Media Art Gallery at 25 Avery Street, from January 27 through April 4, 2021. Private viewing appointments are available. Please contact Emerson Contemporary for more information.

Georgie Friedman’s large-scale, immersive video installations reference our changing climate and extreme weather phenomena. The rapidly melting glaciers, resultant sea-level rise, and warming oceans are increasing the intensity of hurricanes and lead to more frequent, and more-often-catastrophic weather events. Visually metaphoric and experiential, Hurricane Lost captures the inherent power of nature and visualizes the effects of our changing climate.

As visitors intuitively navigate the curved video-covered forms, they are invited to contemplate their relationship to both the natural and built environment. Hurricane Lost inventively addresses the climate crisis not by providing more scientific data, facts, and figures, but rather by enticing a visceral, emotive response through an immersive sound and light environment. Despite its meditative, aesthetically soothing presentation, it serves as a powerful call to action as it asks whether we can imagine a different, better future. And if so, whether we are willing to change the way we act and make the choices needed to get us there.

Wednesday, January 27: Virtual Walk Through
6:30pm EST via Zoom
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Join artist Georgie Friedman and Dr. Leonie Bradbury, the Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art Theory and Practice and Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson Contemporary gallery, for a virtual walkthrough of Emerson Contemporary’s new exhibition, Georgie Friedman: Hurricane Lost.

The exhibition transforms the entire Media Art Gallery into a singular site-specific, fully immersive, sculptural video installation referencing our changing climate and extreme weather. The eight sculptural video forms that comprise Hurricane Lost span the gallery’s 1,700 sq. ft. floor-plan and rise upwards toward the 20 ft. high ceilings. A soundscape created by indie sound artist Radio Sloan swirls around visitors as they choose their own path through the visual storm. The video forms of Hurricane Lost are based on the shapes of hurricane cloud walls, while their spatial layout mimics the circular wind patterns.Georgie Friedman: Hurricane Lost is on view in the Media Art Gallery at 25 Avery Street, from January 27 through April 4, 2021. Private viewing appointments are available.

Wednesday, February 10: Artist Talk
6:30pm via Zoom Webinar
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Join artist Georgie Friedman and Dr. Leonie Bradbury, the Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art Theory and Practice and Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson Contemporary gallery, as they discuss Friedman’s artistic practice and her new exhibition at Emerson Contemporary, Georgie Friedman: Hurricane Lost.

Georgie Friedman is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale video installations, single and multi-channel videos and several photographic series. She is interested in our psychological and societal relationships to mild and severe natural phenomena. She investigates a wide range of powerful atmospheric and oceanic conditions, and is fascinated by the power of these natural elements in relationship to human fragility. She utilizes photography, video, sound, installation, engineering and the physics of light, all in order to create new experiences for viewers.

Wednesday, March 1: In Conversation with Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Kerry Emanuel
6:30pm EST via Zoom Webinar
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Join MIT colleagues artist Georgie Friedman and Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Kerry Emanuel for a conversation at the intersection of science and art. In their virtual conversation, Friedman and Dr. Emanuel will discuss the science of climate change, its effects on extreme weather, and the role of art as a means for environmental awareness.

Friedman’s new exhibition at Emerson Contemporary, Georgie Friedman: Hurricane Lost transforms the entire gallery into a singular site-specific, sculptural video installation that inventively addresses the climate crisis not by providing more scientific data, facts, and figures, but rather by enticing a visceral, emotive response through an immersive sound and light environment. What can we expect in the future under scenarios of acting now or failing to do so?

Dr. Kerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist who specializes in moist convection in the atmosphere, and tropical cyclones. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, and upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.