Leviathan

Dawood, S. 2019. Leviathan. Bluecoat, Liverpool 06 Jul - 13 Oct 2019

CreatorsDawood, S.
Description

Leviathan is an ambitious artistic project looking at some of the urgent issues of our times through a ten-part film cycle, series of paintings, sculptures and virtual reality trilogy conceived and directed by Shezad Dawood. In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores the notions of marine welfare, migration and mental health and their possible interconnections.

As much open-source resource as artist’s project, Leviathan is continually informed by an ever-growing number of Scientists to imagine various speculative futures that may extend from the present moment. When the project is exhibited, researchers are invited as part of a dynamic Public Programme to present their work to new audiences both live and online, generating an ever-growing network of participants and audiences. These curated events and conversations, made accessible through a free Vimeo channel and open-source research papers, anchor the project in the present challenges that we face as a global community.

Following its inaugural presentation in Venice in May 2017 to coincide with the 57th Art Biennale, Episodes 4 and 5 of the ten-part series have been produced, and Leviathan has toured to Mostyn Wales, Plymouth Arts Centre, Barakat Contemporary Korea, Tale of A Tub Rotterdam, HE.RO Amsterdam, Kunstverein Munich, and is currently on view in its largest UK presentation to date at Bluecoat Liverpool.

Further presentations at MOCA Toronto and the Toronto Biennial are scheduled for this year. Its international tour will continue throughout 2020 and 2021, with presentations scheduled at Moca Busan, Folkestone Triennial, Kai Art Center Estonia, La Panacée Montpellier, Fogo Island Arts, CCA Tel Aviv, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo, culminating in a final London-based presentation of all ten film episodes in 2021.

Date06 Jul 2019
13 Oct 2019
KeywordsMarine Ecology, Migration, Mental Health, Climate Change, Multidisciplinary, Research, Cycle
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Web address (URL)https://leviathan-cycle.com/
Image creditImage 1: Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle, Episode 4: Jamila (film still) 2018, HD Video, 10'36’’. Commissioned by Barakat Contemporary, Seoul, HE.RO, Amsterdam, Arts Council, England and MUBI. Courtesy of the artist and UBIK Productions.
Image 2: Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle, Episode 5: Ismael (film still) 2018, HD Video, 19'28’’. Courtesy of the artist and UBIK Productions.
Image 3: Leviathan Cycle, (2017-ongoing), Installation view at Bluecoat, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rob Battersby.
Image 4: Leviathan Cycle, (2017-ongoing), Installation view at Bluecoat, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rob Battersby.
Image 5: Leviathan Cycle, (2017-ongoing), Installation view at Bluecoat, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rob Battersby.
Image 6: Leviathan Cycle, (2017-ongoing), Installation view at Bluecoat, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rob Battersby.
Image 7: Leviathan Legacy Pt. 1, Installation view at CPH:DOX, 2019.
Image 8: Leviathan Public Programme: Shezad Dawood in conversation with eminent evolutionary geneticist Eske Willerslev, 2019.
Image 9: Leviathan, Installation view at The Atlantic Project, 2018. Photo: Andy Ford.

Related outputs

Encroachments (Premiered at Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber)
Dawood, S. 2019. Encroachments (Premiered at Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber). Sharjah, UAE 07 Mar - 10 Jun 2019

Kalimpong (A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood)
Dawood, S. 2018. Kalimpong (A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood) . The Rubin Museum of Art (NYC, USA) 23 Feb - 21 May 2018

Leviathan
Dawood, S. 2017. Leviathan.

Dances with Cryptids
Dawood, S. 2016. Dances with Cryptids. in: Palestra, C. (ed.) Kalimpong London Sternberg Press. pp. 54-62

Kalimpong
Dawood, S. 2016. Kalimpong. Timothy Taylor, London 16 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2017

Towards the Possible Film
Dawood, S. 2014. Towards the Possible Film .

Black Sun Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia
Dawood, S. 2013. Black Sun Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia. in: van Noord, G. (ed.) Black Sun London Ridinghouse. pp. pp 4-80

Piercing brightness
Dawood, S. 2012. Piercing brightness.

New dream machine project
Dawood, S. 2012. New dream machine project. Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art 5 December 2012 - 23 February 2013

Feature
Dawood, S. 2009. Feature. Tate, London 06 Feb - 26 Apr 2009

Artists' studio
Dawood, S. 2007. Artists' studio.

Artist's studio
Dawood, S. Perrot, C. (ed.) 2007. Artist's studio. London Culture Shock Media.

Paradise row
Dawood, S., Gino, T. and Hammond, C. 2005. Paradise row.

We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us
Dawood, S., Ghazi, B., Hulusi, M., Araeen, R., Aramesh, R., Islam, R. and Seize, A. 2005. We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us.

'Sister Kali's Soul Temple – the Goddess of Death and Aretha Franklin' and 'Lecture in Conversation - an improved dialogue between Albert Camus and Lord Krishna'
Dawood, S. 2005. 'Sister Kali's Soul Temple – the Goddess of Death and Aretha Franklin' and 'Lecture in Conversation - an improved dialogue between Albert Camus and Lord Krishna'. 6900 Bregenz, Bergmannstrasse 6, Austria. 16 Jul - 04 Sep 2005

London in six easy steps
Dawood, S. 2005. London in six easy steps.

For a few rupees more
Dawood, S. 2005. For a few rupees more.

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