Artist Ruth Levene and Anthropologist Megan Clinch are halfway through a four year co-inquiry with Arts Catalyst. Based in the Calder Valley,Test Sites, is a series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change. The project looks at the impact of these changes on local culture, and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and selves.
Ruth Levene is an artist based in Sheffield, working in video, performance, digital drawings, walks, installations, socially engaged and participatory work. Curious and concerned by the complex systems we live by, she is currently exploring water, farming and housing developments. Recent projects have included A Field of Wheat with Anne-Marie Culhane; a 42-person strong collective and a Lincolnshire farmer, investing and growing a 22-acre field of wheat and Plot 188, Notes From a Precarious Landscape with Ian Nesbitt a peoples exhibition in a new build house on the edge of Preston, commissioned by In Certain Places and Formations curated by Site Gallery as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Castleton.
She has previously exhibited and performed work both internationally and in the UK, including KIASMA (Helsinki) Northern Gallery for Contemporary (Sunderland) for AV Festival, ICA (London), National Media Museum (Bradford), BBC Radio 3 & Sound and Music. Residencies include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wysing Arts Centre.
Megan Clinch is an anthropologist and lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research explores how different forms of investigation, experimentality, evidence, and evaluation are understood (or not) and managed in the development of public health interventions.