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MIT II: ECOLOGIES

14th March 2018 (7pm)

At Making in Transit we like to question WHO directs the narrative of public knowledge of science, technology and medicine. As attention in the sciences, arts, and humanities regarding our human-driven epoch known as the Anthropocene grows, it is important that we know how to look for reliable information. What role can art, geographic and scientific research have in creating experiences that help us to understand what impact we are having? How can art and research help us inspire changes in behaviour that helps each of us live more ecologically conscientious lives? 

Joining us on Wednesday, 14th March at 7pm to discus perceptions of the Arctic, immersive geographies and ecological participation are Julia Feuer-Cotter of the UK Polar Network & University of Nottingham and Angela Chan founder of WORM.

Julia Feuer-Cotter is a geographer at the University of Nottingham with an interest in gender dynamics and environmental perception in the Arctic. Her projects examine the geographical realities and imagination of environmental knowledge, storytelling, and physical infrastructures which link people outside the Arctic to people and places in Northern Alaska. Julia is interested in ways in which gender shapes environmental perceptions as well as in the ways in which smells can be used to collectively and inclusively communicate individual experiences of these geographies. For this, she works on the intersection of art and science in a practice-led and creative approach that engages a wide public participatory audience in the Arctic as well as in Europe. The aim is to promote a decolonized kind of geographic imagination that encourages the reframing of the Arctic as place that attends foremost to the experiences of its inhabitants, and that, by extension, rethinks relationships with the Arctic and its people.

Worm / Angela Chan will talk about how interdisciplinary art practices are vital for communicating climate change, and how nurturing a supportive, cultural ecology of creative practitioners can build towards an environmentally just future for humans and non-humans. Contemplating the growing awareness of climate change in contemporary art today, Worm will ask, ‘How do we participate effectively and sincerely as part of these ecologies?’ The talk will dissect the challenges in the contemporary aesthetics of ecology, the politics of being an environmentally-engaged arts practitioner, and the need to decolonise the arts to forefront environmental justice in our intersections of art and ecology.

Worm is an online platform gathering a unique network of wide-ranging perspectives on ecological issues through creative practices. It has curated a group exhibition at Podium in Oslo and recently launched an extensive, interactive reader, Refuse: (v)(n)(-) at wormrefuse.org. Alongside engaging with the online community with interviews with artists and practitioners, Worm gives irregular talks and workshops for those interested in art and ecology.

 

 


THECUBE is a space for individuals and organisations interested in art, science, and technology, located in East London. We are excited to have Jennifer Crouch / Making in Transit back at the space, to experience and discuss the overlap between these disciplines.