Saturday, 27 October 2018

EDGE EFFECTS: PATTERNS OF CARE, Guest Projects, London 4/11/2018

Screening and peer-led discussion around interspecies strategies of care, cooperation and resistance. Curated by Olga Koroleva and Rowan Lear.


Patterns of care recur across living organisms. Caring practices tend to cross species boundaries – embodied differently by figures as diverse as the hunter-trapper, the guide dog, the researcher and the medicinal leech. Care is also often expressed through forms of captivity, such as reserves, zoos and sanatoriums. What are the contradictions of practices of recuperation and rehabilitation – into ‘the wild’ or back to work?

The event will pivot on the screening and discussion of recent moving image and in-progress projects by Kathryn Ashill, Hermione Spriggs Ermine Oh Spriggs & Laura Cooper, and Sonia Levy, which consider multispecies medicine, cultures of conservation, and care as conversation and constraint.


To be presented:

Kathryn Ashill
'Working for Wellbeing: Clocking Off'
(2018, ongoing)

Hermione Spriggs and Laura Cooper
‘Duck’ and ‘Turkey’

Sonia Levy
'For the Love of Corals'
(2018, ongoing)
Soundtrack by Jez Riley French
Music by Georgia Rodgers


Day and Time:
Sunday 4 November 2018, 2-4pm

Guest Projects, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QL
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Nearest Overground: Hoxton
Buses: D6, 26, N26, 48, 55, N55, 106, 388, 236, 254, N253, and 394

The event is free but spaces are limited – please book a free place:

Guest Projects is fully wheelchair accessible. The event will be seated around a central table. There will be water and refreshments available. Please get in touch if you have further access requirements.


About the series

Edge Effects is a series co-organised by The Political Animal and Wrkwrkwrk. ‘Edge effects’ is the term for the ecological impact of borders created by agriculture, mining or urban development. Some research has argued that edges create greater biodiversity and abundance; other studies suggest that edge expansion and habitat fragmentation decimates species diversity. In a series of events and discussions, we question how edge effects might be a model for thinking about artistic and planetary survival.

For this event, we are hosted by Guest Projects, as part of GHOST, curated by Mint Works.

The Political Animal is a reading and research group set up and lead by Olga Koroleva comprised of monthly reading sessions, international exchange and exhibition opportunities for artists, writers, curators, and scientists, supporting cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural examination of interspecies relations. wrkwrkwrk is a feminist study group organising peer-led discussions and collaborations concerned with new ways of thinking about technology, decoloniality and the body.


Image: Olga Koroleva, Soft Shell, still from research video shot at Tula Exotarium, 2017 - ongoing

Thursday, 27 September 2018

'Goat Majorette:Part I' @ Manchester Museum

Women in Nature
Experience Manchester Museum like never before, be taken on an afterhours tour of our Vivarium, Living Worlds & Nature's Library and hear from amazing women working in nature. To accompany this we will have the first of our monthly musical takeovers led by MCR live, providing a full female DJ line up, plus creative workshops and more.

Afterhours tour, with a difference - Your guides for the evening will be a collective of fascinating women who will share their unique insights in nature. Presenting their research and new works are:

Kathryn Ashill
Kasha Majewski
Nancy Campbell 
Rachel Webster

The tour begins at 6:30pm and will last approximately 45min – 1 hour, be sure to arrive early as places are limited.

Sunday, 20 May 2018



Clocking Off 14.04.2018 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

Banners made with Guide Dogs and their humans

Me getting a cwtch from Guide Dog Uri

Thank you to everyone (humans and animals) who took part in 'CLOCKING OFF', a commemorative parade for retired and working guide dogs. I was over the moon with the response, the amount of people who showed up. Most importantly, this has massively contributed towards my research into the ability animals have to provide wellbeing and work alongside humans. Thanks to the amazing Siรขn Healey, who taught me everything I needed to know about the experience of being visually impaired and life with a Guide Dog Uri and retired GD Arnie. Many thanks to Chapter and Experimentica for always believing in me and supporting my work. DIOLCH.


Performance slide show.
Duration: 15-20mins

6.04.2018 The British Society for the History of Science PG conference, UoM

This work is an autobiographical account of cohabiting with a variety of species as pets. 'Housemate' is a spoken word performance that is an attempt to locate myself subjectively within the arena, and discourse surrounding the interactions between human animals and non-human animals in the domestic space. The work also delves into the therapeutic functions that animals and pets play in the everyday.
Housemates was created in direct response to Bruno Latour’s call for a subjective exploration of science and the creation of a new genre- the scientific fable.
The text is a combination of pop songs, which reference the love of pets and the human/animal relationship, personal history and the recalling of sounds, or the voice of my dead pets.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Clocking Off- WE NEED YOU ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

‘Clocking Off’  Call for participation and  participant information

Banner Making Workshop & getting to know you: CHAPTER, Cardiff 7th of April 14:00
Refreshments to be provided for dogs and humans.

Parade through Bute Park, Cardiff and gift giving: Sat  14th of April 14:00

‘Clocking Off’  is a commemorative parade for all working guide dogs, devised and organised by artist and researcher Kathryn Ashill. The aim of this work is to honour the working life of the guide dog and to celebrate the work the dogs do for the wellbeing of humans.

The priority of this performance is to ensure the parade not only brings joy to the people that participate, but most importantly that the dogs can enjoy it and be active collaborators.

If this feels like something you would like to be part of, then please get in touch.

Who We Need

Owners of any guide dogs, pets as therapy or assistance dogs who are happy to take part and be in the filmed documentation of the parade.

What we will be doing

  • ·        Meeting in an informal workshop setting at Chapter Art Centre to meet participants, dogs, have refreshments and make banners with the dogs and all participants to be carried/used at the parade.

  •       Creating a short parade (duration: roughly around 30 mins) to celebrate the work that the dogs  do and to give the working dog a gift. The parade will start at the Blackweir Bridge in Bute Park and end at the stone circle in the park.

  • ·      Have fun together and celebrate

Kathryn Ashill