Wednesday 8 April 18.30
FREE Online study group
Zoom details coming soon
Moving Like Plants is a free online (insurgent) one-off study group exploring affinities between plants and 'those of us who can't move' by Kay Cameron (Gay Plants).
As the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic makes us painfully aware, the system we live in is dependent on ever-increasing speed, circulation, and economic 'growth' (devastation). From the perspective of power, and the anthropocentrism that it shapes, that which cannot move is 'inanimate' (without soul, unresponsive, dead). While the current containment measures are applied universally, for many of us, our everyday experience of submission/oppression is characterised by situations of capture, coercion, the inability to move freely. Plants are an extreme example of beings who cannot 'move', but are therefore ultra-resilient and adaptive beings, highly attuned to their environment and each other.
This study group will stem from this idea, as elaborated by the artist Bambi Kramer in the magazine GROW. Participants will be invited to choose from a selection of materials, exploring connections between different beings, struggles, practices and perspectives - then we will virtually gather to map out some of these connections together.
You’re invited to spend an hour or two engaging with the material, and then submit reflections or questions to Kay via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The study group gathering will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 8 April at 18.30.
Kay Cameron: Biography
Kay Cameron is an author/researcher/editor, and claims responsibility for two zines: Gay Plants (2017) and Trans Logistics (2018). Gay Plants -- a zine and research project about queer encounters with plant practices -- has been presented at 'Queering the End Times' (Cambridge Queer Theory Research Group), 'Who Would be Free Themselves Must Strike the Blow' (Nottingham Contemporary), and Crack Festival (Forte Prenestino, Rome). Writing/artwork also featured in: 'Building Towards an Autonomous Trans Healthcare (Power Makes us Sick), 'Subvertising' (Hogre / Dog Section Press), and Beyond The Binary. Their writing has been described as 'important' in Anarchist Studies (Issue 25). Evidently they will take praise where they can get it.