Beyond the Brain – Elastic Nature: Sensing Reality

19th September 2018 (8.30 am)

Elastic Nature is an art research club bringing together interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and thinkers around the broad subject of ‘the future nature’ via artificial life, sympathetic synthetics, sensory realities, materiality and speculative bodies.


For the second session, we will be exploring the role of the senses in our understanding of the reality of nature. Is ‘nature’ in fact an infinite reality? Is it a uniquely processed, individual experience? Is fake nature as real as wild nature? Can technology help us understand/explore nature in novel and enlightening new ways? Should we be celebrating the multiple ways of experiencing the world?


We will be joined by Daria Jelonek and Perry-James Sugden of ABOVE&BELOW, and Pigalle Tavakkoli of Guerrilla Science.


Start the day the stimulating way, hearing from different creative practitioners on the subject and contributing to brain-tickling discussion over a light breakfast.


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ABOUT ELASTIC NATURE: Elastic Nature is a project by artist and researcher Becky Lyon. Through interactive workshops, seminars, breakfast salons and screenings it stimulates conversation, ideas and the imagination around the changing shape of nature. Findings will be published in an ongoing research dossier. Find out about future events at:

ABOUT ABOVE&BELOW: ABOVE&BELOW is a London-based artist duo founded by Daria Jelonek and Perry-James Sugden in November 2017, after graduating from the Royal College of Art in July 2017. Their practice focuses on interactive and speculative projects, based on hands-on research at the intersection of art, design and technology – focusing on future scenarios in which emerging technologies and code have the potential to improve our planet’s well being.

The artists aim to wire unseen connections together to create new experiences which they believe can change human behaviours for better interactions with our environment. The collective‘s practice is known to push the boundaries of how emerging technologies are used by the industry; this is why ABOVE&BELOW is not only using interactive technologies for creative uses, but also to research and reveal their potential for new interactions between human, machine and society.

In 2018-2019, ABOVE&BELOW receives a year long art R&D funding by Collusion Cambridge, for which they currently focus on Augmented Reality’s positive uses for our environment and consumer behaviours. Collectively and independently, the artists received several fundings and prizes, including: Collusion Art Funding, Lumen Prize, Bloomberg London, WIRED Creative Hack Award, Tender ix Award, Communication Arts Award – Interactive Art, Battersea Sculpture Prize.

Their artworks were exhibited and screened at cultural institutes such as ICA London, Photophore – Spazio Ridotto Venice, Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, Sónar Barcelona, Hima Art Space Shanghai, Greenich Observatory London and International Short lm Festival Oberhausen.

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ABOUT PIGALLE TAVAKKOLI: Pigalle Tavakkoli is Head of Experience for Guerilla Science, with 12 years expertise designing experiences at the intersection between the sciences and the arts. Guerilla Science creates events and installations for festivals, museums and cultural organisations such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, National Portrait Gallery, Eden Project and Barbican Centre. They connect adults to science in unexpected ways that entertain, inspire, challenge and amaze. Pigalle also teaches short courses in Experience Design at Central Saint Martins, and guest lectures at London College of Communications and London College of Fashion. Find out more:; @guerillascientist; @guerillascience



THECUBE London is very excited to be hosting Becky Lyon’s event series examining the future nature’ via artificial life, sympathetic synthetics, sensory realities, materiality and speculative bodies via an interdisciplinary lens consisting of science,  technology and art.