Ground Zero Earth

14 Feb 2019 – 22 Mar 2019

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The exhibition celebrates the work of CSER, a research centre based at the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of existential risks.


Ground Zero Earth has been curated by Yasmine Rix in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER).

Celebrating the work of CSER, a research centre based at the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of existential risks, this exhibition at brings together five artists exploring anthropogenic themes to address what is at stake and ways in which we should be looking at the present and near future. 

Ground-Zero Earth explores what it means to be human, our relationship with technology and the environment in a bid to find optimism in the study of catastrophe.

In conjunction with the opening night, a panel discussion will take place between between two artists and two researchers from the University of Cambridge.


Olivia Domingos (b.1991 Leicester) is an artist and illustrator based in London. Domingos brings focus to celebrity culture and challenges the public domain of wellbeing. Her rendering of specific events and their detail brings attention to falling victim to voyeurism of celebrities or news sensationalism. 

Bob Bicknell-Knight (b. 1996, Suffolk) is a London-based artist and curator working in installation, sculpture, video and digital media. Using found objects and tools made readily available by the Internet, as well as drawing from a unique sensibility influenced by participation in online communities and virtual games, Bicknell-Knight’s work explores the divergent methods by which consumer capitalist culture permeates both online and offline society. 

Daniel Sean Kelly (b.1989, Leicester) is an artist and co-director of Two Queens artist led gallery and studios. Working largely in painting, printmaking and ceramics, his work seeks to create a speculative space for the imagining of other realities – a science fictional universe comprised only of objects existing in the world up to this point. 

David Lisser (b. Wolverhampton 1987) is an artist based in Newcastle who investigates our relationship with food and emerging technologies, playfully creating artefacts excavated from an imagined past, documentation of protests that haven’t yet materialised, and mechanisms for producing novelty meats

Jillian Mayer (b. 1986) is an artist and filmmaker living in Miami, Florida. Through video, sculptures, online experiences, photography, performances and installations, she explores how technology affects our lives, bodies and identities. Mayer investigates the points of tension between our online and physical worlds and makes work that attempts to inhabit the increasingly porous boundary between the two.

With kind support and funding from CSER, CRASSH, ART at ARB, Cambridge BID and Arts Council England funded.

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Yasmine Rix

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Bob Bicknell-Knight

Bob Bicknell-Knight

Daniel Sean Kelly

Olivia Domingos

Jillian Mayer

David Lisser


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