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Rachel Rose: The Last Day

Science Gallery London, Guy’s Campus, London

17AprA toy dinosaur on top of some silver glovesPart of The Overview Effect

Enjoy this free moving image installation at Science Gallery London, presented as part of 'The Overview Effect'.

The work is structured in seven days, and in each day, she lit the still lifes sequentially from sunrise into night. Each day’s still life—from a bottle of milk to a pile of construction trucks—symbolises a different epoch in the history of the earth. A bottle of milk stands in for the early amorphous, pre-vegetal world, a rubber bathtub toy illustrates ocean life, trucks become ciphers for late industrialisation.

On the last, seventh day, the artist made a radar sensor-enabled carpet which acts central protagonist, emitting light depending on its proximity to humans, ominously signaling the end of times.

The work lays bare that the history of earth’s landscape—from the primordial, to the prehistoric, to the industrialised and into the near future—is embedded in the development of imagination.

Wed - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Science Gallery London, Gallery 1
| Free entry

Rachel Rose lives and works in New York. 

Rachel Rose on Instagram

Supported by SITE Santa Fe, LUMA Arles, and Google. Courtesy of the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York, Brussels, and Seoul, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

The Overview Effect is the term given to the cognitive shift experienced by some astronauts when viewing the Earth from space. They report unexpected emotions, an overwhelming sense of beauty, and an increased feeling of connection to other people and the Earth as a whole. From February– May 2024, moving image works by artists Tang Han, Ruth Waters and Rachel Rose will explore ideas around our time on Earth, offering a shift in perspective through their depictions of the natural world.

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