Climate change, imminent financial collapse, a rising tide of racism and political tensions: in an increasingly interdependent, unevenly globalised and intensely divided world, there is an urgent need to track connections between events, detect their impact in the here and now, and respond creatively to them.
Building on previous workshops (but open to new participants), this summer school seeks to explore the usefulness of thinking in an expanded ecological framework in order to explore the changing textures of everyday life in Nottingham and its links to a broader set of global processes and tendencies.
These summer school sessions will involve participants in developing an active experimentation with different kinds of expertise, forms of analysis, modes of research. What can we learn from other collaborative initiatives, artistic or therapeutic practices and practices of resistance? What counts as part of the ecological fabric of post-industrial urban landscape?
Day 1 Programme:
This year's End of the Summer School will explore the usefulness of thinking in an expanded ecological framework in order to explore the changing textures of everyday life in Nottingham and its links to a broader set of global processes and tendencies.
Urban Antibodies with Rebecca Beinart
Can we think of the city as a living organism? Where is it vulnerable? Where does it experience toxicity? What form would antibodies take?
Building upon research into abandoned industrial sites that were home to large pharmaceutical plants, and drawing on ideas relating to the politics and ethics of care, this workshop will invite participants through conversation and practical activity to investigate ways of extending questions about individual health/wellbeing to communities and the whole city.
At the begining of this session (weather permitting - there is a back up plan!) we will be going on a walk to an island site near Nottingham Contemporary. This should take about 15mins each way and Becky is going to make sure that the route is accessible for mobility vehicles.
Rebecca Beinart is an artist based in Nottingham who makes objects, situations and performative actions that offer a space for rethinking our relationships to each other and the places we inhabit. Her current research explores ecology, community, care and loss, and the idea of the city as a living structure. Recent projects include Imagined Geographies (2015) a commission for the National Trust in Staffordshire, with Katy Beinart, and Bureau of Urban Wilds, a commission for UP Projects in London (2013-14). Rebecca is one of the selected artists for Jerwood Open Forest 2016. She also works as the Engagement Curator at Primary.
The End of the World as We Know It? with Andrew Goffey
Climate change, nuclear and financial meltdown, endless war, “epidemics” of depression: given the proliferation of crises hitting the headlines day after day, the apocalyptic scenario of the end of the world becomes increasingly plausible. But whose world are we talking about? After all, in some parts of the world ecological catastrophe is nothing new. How do we sort out competing claims to tell it like it is? and what if listening to other voices were to suggest that “keeping calm and carrying on” is no longer an option?
This session, which serves as an introduction to the aims of the Three Ecologies research group, will explore some ideas about the end of the world, the politics of expertise, and the challenges of thinking transversally - and translocally - across the mental, natural and social environments.
Andrew Goffey is associate Professor in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Nottingham. He is currently engaged in a number of research and publications projects. One of these deals with the micropolitics of contemporary software culture - exploring the complex relations between programming practices and technologies and facets of contemporary society.
Cyclogeography with JD Taylor
This workshop presents a method of urban social enquiry undertaken by bicycle to explore more structural and psychosocial questions of place, belonging and collective identity. Using Guattari's notion of social ecology, participants will explore how power over public places is mediated through external (security, CCTV, dispersal, arrest) and internal forms (fatalism, fear), and how such places can be re-captured and re-commoned. It aims to develop new questions and possible collaborative research projects about place and power.
JD Taylor is a writer and support worker from South London, and author of Island Story (Repeater, 2016) and Negative Capitalism (Zero, 2013).
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Developed in collaboration with the Centre for Critical Theory at The University of Nottingham.
Free, The Space, 4 - 8pm