‘Global Feed’ builds upon decades of previous work by Peter Fend exploring aspects of our relationship to the environment, through his work as part of Ocean Earth Development Corporation, and his ongoing collaborations with artists, architects, engineers and scientists. Ocean Earth was conceived as an instrument for implementing the goals of the environmental art movement, directly building upon the ideas of artists such as Joseph Beuys, Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark.
Through inter-disciplinary collaborations and by connecting ecological imperatives with experimental new technologies, Fend asks ‘How far can art go?’ in drawing attention to a belief that artistic research can generate productive dialogue about global ecological problems and that it can be used to develop effective solutions. In this spirit, Global Feed aims to organise the display of processed satellite data for the public to see for itself. Peter Fend undertook a research fellowship at i-DAT from autumn 2003 until summer 2004, supported by the AHRB and Arts Council of England.