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October Gathering 2019: From the Rainforest to the Deep Sea

Inhabitants with Margarida Mendes, What is Deep Sea Mining?, a webseries. Episode 1: Tools for Ocean Literacy, 2018 (still). Courtesy the artists

Inhabitants with Margarida Mendes, What is Deep Sea Mining?, a webseries. Episode 1: Tools for Ocean Literacy, 2018 (still). Courtesy the artists

Mind-travel with us to the rainforest and the deep sea.

In an afternoon of talks, screenings and a lecture-performance, leading researchers and practitioners will explore notions of the body, politics of care and alternative forms of knowledge.

The October Gathering is a new knowledge production platform laying the conceptual ground for Liverpool Biennial’s public programmes over the coming year. Our first gathering is organised around two metaphors – the rainforest and the deep sea. Both are ecosystems where complex entanglements of life co-exist. They manifest the qualities of circulation, interdependency and interconnectivity, and it is within this context that we propose to expand our understanding of the body. Circulation of bodies and their knowledge is a recurring theme within the artistic practices which Liverpool Biennial 2020 is engaged with.

In the rainforest, we will pay attention to Amerindian configurations of the body which challenge the distinction between human and animal, culture and nature. In the deep sea, we will consider contemporary forms of exploitation such as the global turn towards the ‘blue economy’. On the other hand, this is also a zone that hasn’t yet been colonised by modern systems of knowledge. It opens up a different possibility of interconnectivity that can be taken as portents for the future body.

PARTICIPANTS

Silvia Battista, Sarah Demeuse, Ayesha Hameed, Diana Jeater, Joasia Krysa, Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino, Margarida Mendes, Lennon Mhishi, Je Yun Moon, Manuela Moscoso.

A full schedule will be published at the beginning of October. You can attend the full programme of events or individual sessions.

Find out more about our speakers here.

Date

25 October 2019, 1.00–6.30pm

Location

Liverpool Medical Institution
114 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool
L3 5SR
0151 709 9125
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TicketsFree, booking required