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