Composting Estate seminar: Pat Naldi and Julie Marsh 24 January 2020

A series of seminars examining processes and materials of composition and decomposition of site and place.
Room A002 Central Saint Martins 
10.30am  – 1.00pm
24 January 2020 

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Pat Naldi
Who Owns the Sea? 

Pat engages with the [art] practice of site-specificity as contexts for and as research. Her works interrogate the politics of power and its symbolic and active enactment – aesthetic, spatial, social, economic. Who Owns the Sea? is the second in a trilogy of projects that investigate territorial ownership. In Who Owns the Land? (2016) the ownership of the UK’s most valuable asset is made transparent. In Who Owns the Sea? attention is turned towards the political contestation of territorial waters. Pat is a lecturer in MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies at Central Saint Martins.

Julie Marsh
Assembly at Old Kent Road Mosque

For the approaching estates seminar series Julie presented Assembly at Brick Lane Mosque, a site-specific performance made with and for the mosque community. Since April 2019 Assembly has now moved to a new site; Old Kent Road Mosque renovated from a former pub in Southwark. Old Kent Road Mosque is due  for demolition/redevelopment in March 2020 to build a new Islamic centre for the community. It has been recognised by Historic England that the built heritage of marginalised and minority communities is under-represented in the heritage landscape of the nation. This research is now working with the V&A to build a digital archive of this site and community.  

Julie Marsh is an artist filmmaker, researcher and senior lecturer at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster. Julie studied at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, completing a PhD in 2017.

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Composting Estate seminar: Ingrid Pumayalla and Greer MacKeogh 10 January 2020

A series of seminars examining processes and materials of composition and decomposition of site and place.

Room A002 Central Saint Martins 
10.30am  – 1.00pm
10 January 2020 

Ingrid Pumayalla Gathering Organic Matter to Fertilise the Land

Ingrid uses performance, photography, moving image and installations to address migration and diasporas, and how the loss of home re-structures and transforms identity. Her work explores the role of art in transforming and repairing loss. Ingrid is a recent graduate of MA Fine Art at CSM and has recently completed residencies in Norway and Germany.

Greer MacKeogh Acts of Hospitality

Greer explores the relationship between the guest and the host in her project called The Hotel. This site-specific project takes place in two communities in Roscommon, a county in the midlands of Ireland, where the actual ‘hotel’ represents a contested space of hospitality. Through dialogues, exchanges, texts, films and photographic works, The Hotel focuses on everyday practices of hospitality and building relationships over time, exploring the historical and cultural conditions that lie beneath or behind her Irish identity of hospitality, against a backdrop of increasing anxiety in Ireland around hosting and welcoming ‘others’. Greer is an artist-researcher studying for her PhD at UAL.

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Landscape Research Group: Landscape Symposium 2019 Staying with the Trouble

sensingsite will be presenting Landfill an audio report, a collaborative research work in progress by the group, at the Landscape Research Group Symposium on Friday 6 December 2019. More information here

Rehearsals for Uncertain Futures

Rehearsals for Uncertain Futures: Screening + Panel Q & A
Followed by the feature film Earth, Dir. Nikolaus Geryhalter
Part of the UK Green Film Festival
Thurs 7 Nov at 19:00
The Lyric Hammersmith 
Tickets £6-8

Join us for a special screening of Rehearsals for Uncertain Futures followed by a panel discussion with artists Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright) + special guests. The discussion will be followed by a screening from the latest edition of the UK Green Film Festival – Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s award winning documentary Earth.

A short film by Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright) about a Sea Ice Simulator (SIS) used in climate science to predict and model the impact of black carbon on ice reflectivity. Shot on location within SIS, a series of shipping containers situated in woodland, the work shifts between local ecologies of wildlife and fauna, to the technological manufacture of ice and the energy required to sustain such relations. The film focuses on the interconnections between the lab and field amplifying physical and material production practices behind climate simulation and predictive data modelling. How does data become data, where exactly is the field, what practices of maintenance and care does simulation require?

Commissioned by the Centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of Creating Earth Futures. The work premiered in May 2019 at Raven Row Gallery, London.

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s (Our Daily Bread + Homo Sapiens) latest documentary Earth observes people in mines, quarries and large construction sites in a constant struggle to transform the planet. Earth won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlinale Forum (2019) and the International Award, Sheffield International Documentary Festival (2019).

Matterlurgy Studio
Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright

Dark Fibre Network Drift

Under the streets of East London runs a network of dark fibre.

John Wild will lead a Dark Fibre Network Drift, walking the route of underground fibre-optic cables linking seven of the core data centres that form the London Internet Exchange.

The walk will include spoken word by Dr Robin Bale and experiments using software-defined radio to hack the sonic world of machine to machine communications carried out by CODED GEOMETRY.

The walk will conclude with drinks at The George pub, Isle of Dogs.

14:00, Sunday 27 October
Chrisp Street Market,
E14 6AQ

Poetics of Cosmic Spaces

Poetics of Cosmic Spaces
a talk by Reza Tavakol

In this upcoming talk, part of Through the Looking Glass, Humanity’s Changing Vision of the Universe Reza Tavakol gives some examples of how cosmic space can provide an extremely fertile arena for poetic imagination.

Considerations of the poetics of terrestrial spaces are often informed by our lived experiences and memories. Given that cosmic space is mostly un-lived, at least by us, and hence devoid of direct lived experiences and memories, he asks in which sense can we speak of Poetics of Cosmic Space?

Reza Tavakol is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Astronomy, and a member of the Philosophy and Poetry groups, at Queen Mary University of London. His active research/practice include Cosmology, Philosophy and Art. In science, he has authored more than 150 articles in international journals, and has been an invited speaker to numerous international conferences. His art related publications include a book of poems 'Memories of Light' (2001 with M Shultz), as well as number of essays and articles on photography and 'Aesthetics of the Cosmic Space'.

Sunday 20 October 1.00pm - 2.00pm 
Ugly Duck
47-49 Tanner Street 
London SE1 3PL

more information about Through the Looking Glass, Humanity’s Changing Vision of the Universe here