Śnieżne Kotły / Schneegruben – Google Earth-scape, 23–May–13
Watercolour on paper
Original size: 146 x 108 cm (approx 57.5 x 42.5 in)
Photographer: Steven Ingman
Mik Godley's detail is from a series of watercolours derived from Google Earth screen-grabs of a granite glacial bowl on top of the Sudeten Mountains of Lower Silesia, bordering the now Czech Republic and Poland; the backdrop to a Nazi mausoleum and SS temple.
Conspiracy theories of secret weapons in Albert Speer’s secret HQ “Der Riese” with armaments factories tunnelled into the mountains overlooking his mother's then German birthplace (partly also a laboratory for Zero Gravity experiments for flying saucers and Foo Fighters) are the flip side of this story of the artist seeking his heritage. These themes are observed in the context of our evolving relationship with new media – our digital “way of seeing” – focusing on "virtual" expeditions to Godley’s mother’s homeland (a place he’s never been to) and the very "analogue" activity of painting.
In development since 2003 Considering Silesia has been aided by an EU funded research degree at Nottingham Trent University and exhibited in:
Counterpoint, Platforma Festival, London; The Bookmark Project, Nottingham Contemporary; Digital Canvas, Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco; Nazi UFO's @ TotalKunst, solo show for the Edinburgh Art Festival; Penned, Artscape/Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore; No Letters, Nettie Horn Gallery, London; in the echo of a shadow, University of Leeds, with Henry Tietzsch-Tyler, for the conference From Perpetrators to Victims? Constructions and Representations of German Wartime Suffering; When Men and Mountains Meet, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb.