This research thread tracks my thoughts around the relationship between ‘fleshes’ be it biologic or geologic.
JUNE 2018 - JOYA RESIDENCY, SPAIN
“The body is a zone of organised forces rather than a discretely bounded entity. Thus the performances do not point towards a post-human condition; they open up the possibility of novel interactions and new forms of connectivity between bodies and their environments, leading one to wonder where the body ends and the environment begins”, John Appleby.
Flesh Sculpts - Summer 2019
JAN 2019 - GEOLOGIC BODIES, FALLING STARS, LUMEN
This is a piece I created for the Falling Stars exhibition at The Crypt, London as a result of my LUMEN residency in Italy the previous summer.
Geologic Bodies uses sculpture and spoken-word as a method of exploring the entangled relationships that exist within our complex mineral, molecular, muscular, microbial, microchipped ecosystem. Earthly matter is read as a great landscape to be reconfigured, re-rendered and re-formed. Every configuration is scheduled to disentangle and scheduled to re-entangle - perhaps as an expression of culture, perhaps as an embodiment of naturalness. If we perceive all matter as one, as united - how will our perceptions of the 'natural' and the 'artificial' shift? How might we re-value the stuff that surrounds us?
JAN 2019 - SESSION #4: ENTANGLED MATTERS
This seems like a good opportunity to host another session of Elastic Nature!
For the fourth session of Elastic Nature, we will be discussing a prevalent topic - the interconnectedness of matter. You only have to look to the recent Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish interspecies symposium at the Serpentine or We Live in an Ocean of Air by Marshmallow Laser Feast to sense the urgency of the conversation, a conversation that suggests that by seeing the ‘stuff’ that surrounds us as an integrated, connected part of us - perhaps we can start to empathise with the non-human and stimulate a collective shift in how we start to tackle the colossal crises facing our biosphere.
We will be hosting an exploratory discussion group as part of the programme of the Falling Stars / Stelle Cadenti exhibition curated by LUMEN. Whether you’re familiar with the research area or not, we will be providing a set of PDF readings and links to provide grounding for what we hope will be an inspiring, fruitful and most of all accessible conversation. Thought starters may include: Jane Bennet's 'vibrant matter', evidence of non-living matter's ability to self organise and whether 'technology can be considered 'nature'. It will be held against the backdrop of the Falling Stars exhibition curated by LUMEN.