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

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