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


methodologies for practices of site and place

Approaching Estate is a four-day encounter with the specificities of site, place and  landscape as contexts for artistic and other creative enquiry. 

The event will consist of interlinking presentations, field performances, films and discussions gathering together a range of artistic, interdisciplinary and collaborative practices. These include experimental cartographies, situated practices, interfaith cultural exchange and creative critiques of land ownership and management.

0930 - 1900
Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 April 2019
Furtherfield Commons
Finsbury Gate, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DE

Approaching Estate - call for proposals

the politics and ethics of fieldwork in art today


Approaching Estate is a series of presentations and workshops organised by sensingsite at Central Saint Martins in collaboration with Furtherfield, Finsbury Park, taking place from April 9 – 11, 2019. 

We use the term 'estate' to encompass a diverse community of interests and rights pertaining to the conceptualization, configuration, and management of place.

We welcome proposals from artists, activists, researchers, specialists and non-specialists
who wish to share methodologies of contemporary art practices and the politics and ethics of material enquiries into site, which are socially, politically, ecologically, historically and geographically entwined. We are broadly concerned with work that is interventional (such as 'site-specific', situated performative practices, etc) and representational (such as landscape, mapping, etc).

The event will be curated as a flexible and open-ended platform for hands-on workshops, presentations, performances, screenings, installations and discussion. It aims to cultivate a research community which can examine existing methodologies and generate new ideas, problems, and questions to set new agendas for experimental art practice.

The main activities of Approaching Estate will take place in Furtherfield Commons, based in Finsbury Park, London, which will also provide an opportunity to engage with the park as an interface, and with its diverse communities.

If you are interested please send an initial 300 word outline of a proposed activity, brief biography and support material (if appropriate) that can be developed to form part of the workshop sessions by Friday December 14, 2018 to

Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your proposal further.

sensingsite is a practice-based research group based at Central Saint Martins, engaging with questions around the political, material, and sensory natures of site, place, and space. 

Furtherfield connects people to new ideas, critical thinking and imaginative possibilities for art, technology and the world around us. Through artworks, labs and debate people from all walks of life explore today’s important questions.


More information

Approaching Estate is a series of presentations and workshops which will examine the politics and ethics of fieldwork in contemporary art practices concerned with place, in order to develop critical, innovative and experimental engagements.

‘Estate’ suggests the parcelling, ownership and governance of physical space, founded upon historical, agrilogistic and colonial practices whose legacy has determined the status and identity of both human and nonhuman entities. Approaching Estate will also consider ‘estate’ as a broad community of interests and rights, pertaining to the materiality of space, how it is configured, managed, and conceptualised as place. As such it will acknowledge the current conditions of communities, material processes, and sites in the context of the continuing debasement of democracy, and the contemporary precarity of individual and community rights to movement and occupation of space. These relate to, and can be traced through, historical and contemporary forms of enclosure, land ownership, the commons, public space, colonialism, incarceration, expulsion, transportation, clearances, dispossession, extractions, depositions, and so on. 

‘Fieldwork’ is used to broadly describe the artistic methodologies which engage in material enquiries into site and situatedness which are socially, politically, ecologically, historically and geographically entwined. As such they are often interdisciplinary practices and might be concerned with landscape construction, site-specificity, and social engagement; engaging with disciplines and activities such as archaeology, geography (human and physical), eco-studies, activism, mapping, and so on. Our aim is to set new agendas for fieldwork in art practice through development of a research network for experimental ways of working in art practice.

During the event we are interested in pursuing questions such as:

  • What forms of methodological enquiry emerge from art practices concerned with specificity of site and place?
  • What is the efficacy of such methodologies, and how do we evaluate them?
  • What are the protocols and terms of engagement in site specific fieldwork? 
  • Who are the beneficiaries of the work produced?
  • What is artistic or social agency (the role of the art) and what other intra-active engagements (human and non- human) are possible?
  • How can the differing interests of collaborators working in an interdisciplinary context be shared meaningfully and productively?
We invite individual and group proposals for presentations, performances, artworks and any other experimental forms of practice-based research.

BEYOND PROPRIETORIAL new narrative practices in digital humanities

new narrative practices in digital humanities
Christy Hyman and Marc Garrett 

Christy Hyman
Mapping the Great Dismal Swamp:
The Co-Articulation of Sound, Moving Images and Archival Materials

Christy Hyman uses proprietorial mapping and analytics software to construct new spatial narratives around the neglected histories of enslaved fugitives, who in the nineteenth century sought refuge in The Great Dismal Swamp of eastern North Carolina.  

Christy is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Marc Garrett
Unlocking Proprietorial Systems and Reclaiming Narrative Strategies for Artistic Practice 

Marc Garrett asks if we can build fresh, independent places, spaces and identities, in relation to our own artistic and cultural practices individually and collectively, when the dominant narratives handed down to us via neoliberal elites, are typically in favour of their markets and technologies?

Marc is co-director and co-founder with artist Ruth Catlow of the arts collective Furtherfield, and is currently studying for his PhD at Birkbeck University of London. 

Unlocking Proprietorial Systems

6.00pm Tuesday 20 March
Room C303
Central Saint Martins Kings Cross 
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA