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Example of a sensory palette. Madlove project.

Example of a sensory palette. Madlove project.

Events - Talks

End of the Summer School

Day 2

23 Sep 2016

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 2 Programme:

What can we learn from other collaborative initiatives, artistic or therapeutic practices? What counts as part of the ecological fabric of post-industrial urban landscape? How are statistical truths about the elements of the three ecologies produced?


Zombie Data and the Three Ecologies with Lynne Pettinger

Some facts:

- Nottingham is the 8th most deprived district in England. 

- In Nottingham, women outnumber men by 5:1. 

- There are exactly 44,000 people in Nottingham with depression or anxiety. 

- Nottingham air carries a dangerous level of PM10 particles, making it one of the 10 most polluted cities in the UK, and 1634th most polluted city in the world. 

Which of these are true? Where do these kinds of claims come from? What kinds of ‘expert knowledge’ do they rely on? What kind of knowledge do you get from this kind of evidence? How can we compare ‘local’ data and ‘global’ data?

You don’t need to know anything about official statistics to come to this workshop. We will explore the power and limitations of numerical data as a source of knowledge about the world. We will consider how statistical truths about the elements of the three ecologies are produced, and contrast this kind of knowledge to the other knowledges explored during the summer school. We will think about how numerical data could be gathered and recorded, and how we might present it to people who, like us, might not love reading tables. 

Lynne Pettinger is not a statistician.


Madlove with Hannah Hull

“Madlove: A Designer Asylum” involved a collaborative R+D process with 432 people with personal experience of mental health, including secure psychiatric patients who are not normally able to participate in such work. An alternative approach to consultation, we stimulated the imagination of our participants and gave them the tools to generate new possibilities for our project and also for themselves. Rather than trying to tackle issues within psychiatric care one by one, we completely redesigned the asylum from scratch, based purely on the needs and desires of mad people. A radical reimagining that allows people to decide whether they want to be “cured”, or whether they simply want a safe place to experience their madness.

I will be sharing some of our R&D workshop exercises, techniques and tips to working with mental health groups, as well as supporting you to reconsider ideas around mental health. 

Hannah Hull is a situation-specific artist, creating social sculpture and political interventions. Her work is often dialogue-based and temporal. Her practice invites people to articulate the spaces in between; to disclose new sites, histories and languages. She is interested in empowering individuals to creatively and critically intervene with their world.

As part of her practice, Hannah delivers and consults on creative practice for social change. Her specialist interest is the use of a critical, contemporary art model for 'socially-excluded' groups such as recovering addicts, ex-offenders and the homeless. This is the subject of her practice-based PhD, for which she has a studentship at Goldsmiths, University of London with the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship. /


Closing discussion: What's next?

This session of open discussion will be used to collectively decide where we go next, what questions we want to ask, and how we want to do future research. Following this year’s End of the Summer School, our plan is to further develop the Three Ecologies Working Group to collectively generate a multidisciplinary research programme through a series of monthly gatherings and events. 


Developed in collaboration with the Centre for Critical Theory at The University of Nottingham.


Free, The Space, 4 - 8pm


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