Wed 9, Thu 10 & Fri 11 Dec, 18.30 GMT
FREE, booking essential
A free series of online study sessions, open to all, that consider beginnings, process, participation and bringing ideas together. Each session develops from a seed of a text, written or otherwise, which is significant to the host.
Approaching the 20th anniversary of Mary Midgley's radical pamphlet 'Gaia, the Next Big Idea', artists Verity Birt, Sean Roy Parker and Clémentine Bedos explore 'Gaian thinking' and it's imaginative and holistic potential through their practices.
This is a series of three study sessions, but each of stands alone. You are welcome to attend all three, or just one.
Session 1: Verity Birt
Wednesday 9 December, 18.30 GMT
The first session with artist Verity Birt will begin with an introduction to Newcastle based philosopher Mary Midgley (1919 - 2018) and her challenge to patriarchal-capitalist values of individualism, competition and selfishness.
Session 2: Sean Roy Parker
Thursday 10 December, 18.30 GMT
This session will be hosted by Sean Roy Parker. Through considering how his own eco-anxiety manifests as interspecies praxis, Parker make a case for decarbonising art practices by actioning a more environmentally-responsible approach to being in the world as an agent in a wider ecology.
Session 3: Clémentine Bedos
Friday 11 December, 18.30 GMT
Hosted by Clémentine Bedos, this session leads us through visualisation, breath work, movement and sound to awaken our six senses, the conduits through which we connect with nature.
Verity Birt lives in the North Pennines and is a funded, practice-based PhD researcher at Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (BxNU) in Newcastle. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art (2015) and BA from Goldsmiths University of London (2011). Situated in intersectional Feminism, Birt’s practice of writing, performance, sculpture, sound and film-making seeks to materialise enchanted encounters and meaningful intimacies between each other and the more-than-human world. Her PhD is currently titled: 'Re-enchanting the World; a Feminist Sympoiesis' and experiments with collaborative processes of making-with, in search of a recuperative and reparative aesthetics.
Sean Roy Parker is an artist, environmentalist and cook in London. His work examines the lifecycle of materials, complexities of civic responsibility, and problem-solving through collaboration. He practises traditional approaches to craft and art-making, using leftover or abundant items of nature and artifice to explore feelings of eco-anxiety in late-stage capitalism, and redistribute resources through flexible care structures. Recent projects include "Slow Yield" at Rupert, Lithuania (2020), "Changing our planet, changing our minds" at Wellcome Collection, London (2020), "Towards an Eco-Responsive Curriculum" at Haberdashers Academy, London with Freelands Foundation (2020), "Fermental Health" self-initiated, nomadic (ongoing).
Clémentine Bedos is a transdisciplinary performing artist based in London. They studied Philosophy and Law at La Sorbonne in Paris; Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London; and then at the Royal Drawing School in London. Unfolding questions about identity and articulating relations between mental health and gender, their grandmother’s legacy, the art of the so-called ‘outsider’ Jeanne Durand, led them to study drawing as a means of revealing the body and the different regimes of power that cross and construct it. This ultimately led Clémentine to research Tantra, a sacred and transgressive philosophy.
We want our events to be inclusive and accessible for everyone. Live transcription will be available during each of our online events. We’d be happy to arrange a BSL translator too. You can let us know about any accessibility requirements you have when you book your ticket.
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Gardening the Mind - Events Season
This event is part of Gardening the Mind, a new season of online events focusing on mental health, conceived through the metaphor of the mind as a garden that we all need to collectively and continuously tend to.