This year’s Research Network, selected through open call, will expand on the previous series Duties of Self-Care with artists looking deeper into the complexities of our relationship with ourselves, each other and the earth. Knowledge and affect are spun between humans and non-humans, resources flow and power is abused. We exist in relation to each other, ancestors, elements, spirits, computers, bacteria, planets and plants. Self-care necessitates collective care. More-than-Human Care challenges structural oppressions and enables us to understand our intersecting existences.
Join us at the Stuart Hall Library for the public programme and continue the conversation on our Research Network Facebook page.
Iniva Public Programme
Angela Chan / Worm will present research on communicating climate change through contemporary Chinese speculative and science fiction, and explore the interconnected environmental and socio-economic issues in China today. Responding to Angela, writer, curator and artist Ama Josephine Budge will discuss speculative climate fiction from a West African perspective.
Stuart Hall Library Research Network Reading Group, Climate-Fiction
Artist and researcher Dr Luiza Prado presents a performance-lecture “Things Lost in the Fire”, with writer and Sexual and Reproductive Health Doctor, Dr Annabel Sowemimo as respondent.
Prado’s performance-lecture will examine tensions between indigenous knowledge, colonial sexual structures and birth control in Brazil. She will poetically narrate a semi-fictional story of two women sowing a garden of contraceptive plants outside site of the Brazil’s National Museum that was recently destroyed by fire. Together, both practitioners will examine alternative methods of birth control and the cultural and political significant of plants in context of colonial sexual domination.
Stuart Hall Library Research Network Reading Group: Plants and Empire
Multi-disciplinary artist Ayesha Tan Jones presents “Optimystic Dystopia” a performative talk. Respondent to be confirmed.
Tan Jones will explore the spiritual practice of self-care in an alternative, queer, optimistic dystopia. They will be screening “Lyf After Screen”, a mockumentary of survival techniques passed down through ancestors to endure an apocalypse.
Stuart Hall Library Research Network Reading Group: Surviving on a damaged planet
Researcher and curator Ali Nobil Ahmad presents current work on “Film and Political Ecology in the South”. Respondent to be confirmed.
This interactive talk will address questions of how we better represent environmentalism in the global South with reference to contemporary filmmaking from Asia and Africa and textual readings around political ecology, environmental humanities, social science and cultural studies.
Stuart Hall Library Research Network Reading Group: Disaster Capitalism
Researcher and writer Elizabeth Atkinson and artist and curator Olga Koroleva present a collaborative lecture-performance. Respondent to be confirmed.
This research presentation, initiated by Koroleva, will respond to their concept of “patterns of care” which responds to a vulnerability that exists across species. By engaging with the work of anthropologists such as Anna Tsing and Kim TallBear, they will consider how Western thought might incorporate indigenous perspectives to confront the social impacts of globalisation.
Stuart Hall Library Research Network Reading Group: Indigeneity and Globalisation
Artist and researcher Stephanie Moran presents “Symbiont Encounters”. Respondent to be confirmed.
This performative lecture will discuss Moran’s current experimental eco-sci-fi digital novel, which explores the use of technologies and speculative artistic practice. Her research imaginatively inhabits ‘interspecies’ sensory perception and cognition, and ways in which digital platforms may be re-purposed for these ends.
Stuart Hall Library Research Network Reading Group: Interspecies Art and Care