Research and creative practice at the intersection of art, science and fiction by Becky Lyon

ELASTIC NATURE

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ABOUT

Elastic Nature is an art research club bringing together interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and thinkers around the broad subject of ‘the future nature’ via artificial life, sympathetic synthetics, sensory realities, materiality and speculative bodies.

Through interactive workshops, seminars, breakfast salons and screenings we’ll stimulate conversation, ideas and the imagination around the changing shape of nature addressing subjects such as:

/ How are we creating different forms of nature? And for what purpose?

/ To what extent can these new forms of nature help remediate the planet?

/ What constitutes 'artificial' nature? And is there such as thing as 'natural' anyway?

/ What roles do culture, cognition, sensory mediation play in our understanding of nature and the ‘reality’ of it?

/ How have new forms of nature/ life been represented through speculative and science fiction? And how useful are these fictions in modelling the future?

/ To what extent is life contained by the ‘body’? (...and what is the ‘body’ anyway?)

/ What’s the future of the stuff of life - what will living things be made of?

/ Can 'synthetic' nature ever be more sublime and more beneficial to the biosphere than 'wild' nature?

/ How is technology changing the way we view nature - for better or worse?

Findings will be published in an ongoing research dossier.


PAST EVENTS

SESSION #3: FRANKENSTEIN

For the third session of Elastic Nature, held on All Hallows Eve, we will be exploring the legacy of Frankenstein - a 200-years-young piece of literature that grows all the more relevant as science and technology pro/digresses.

We are honoured to invite artist, writer and educator Adrian Holme to deliver a richly insightful lecture on one of the most enduring and influential novels of the Romantic era. Frankenstein, product of a challenge by the poet Lord Byron to the Shelleys, himself and Dr Polidori to write a ghost story (Shelley 2003), was published in 1818. It has been interpreted in many forms on stage and in film and has been the subject of much critical analysis.

Join us on 31st October where Frankenstein will be discussed through the multiple lenses of Romanticism, art and science, literary and philosophical influences and critical interpretations, with an attempt to shed light on why the work has such an enduring legacy.

All are welcome. Tickets are FREE but limited, sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/BRAINPLAY/ or email beckyl.lyon@googlemail.com

 

 


 

SESSION #2: SENSING REALITY / WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

For the second session, we will be exploring the role of the senses in our understanding of the reality of nature. Is ‘nature’ in fact an infinite reality? Is it a uniquely processed, individual experience? Is fake nature as real as wild nature?

Can technology help us understand / explore nature in novel and enlightening new ways?  Should we be celebrating the multiple ways of experiencing the world?

We will be joined by Daria Jelonek and Perry-James Sugden of Above & Below who will discuss their multi-disciplinary practice discussing the sensory qualities of un/natural phenomenon. We will also be joined by Pigalle, Tavakkoli, Head of Experience for Guerrilla Science who will be discussing and screening their project Escape To Reality, a video installation questioning us to think about how the brain creates an interpretation of the world.

Start the day the stimulating way, hearing from different creative practitioners on the subject and contributing to brain-tickling discussion over a light breakfast.
All are welcome. Tickets are FREE but limited, sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/BRAINPLAY/events/254204268/ or email beckyl.lyon@googlemail.com

THE CUBE, Studio 5, 155 Commercial St, London E1 6BJ, UK (Through the gates, next to Hawskmoor)



 

SESSION #1: SENSING NATURE / THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

The first session will be held Thursday 13th September 2018 at THECUBE, Shoreditch as part of the Beyond The Brain residency. We will be exploring the role of the senses + materials in our understanding of ‘nature’ and the ‘natural’.

We’ll have exclusive access to the specialist collection of material consultants and curators Material Driven and will be joined by artist/researcher/educator Jhinuk Sarkar who will lead us through a unique ‘sensory mediation’ exercise. Through hands-on (eyes on, ears on...) interactivity and stimulating discussion points, participants will contribute to a collective conversation and take away tools for their own creative practice or meditation.

What does it tell us about the role the senses play in understanding nature and the natural? Do we all experience nature differently? What are the possible applications of these materials? How can understanding how we sense nature contribute to our understanding of its reality?

Tickets are FREE but limited, sign up here:

All are welcome. Tickets are FREE but limited, sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/BRAINPLAY/ or email beckyl.lyon@googlemail.com

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