Conditions for Ongoingness // 1.2 The Gathering
PV: Friday 16th March, 8:00pm (performances by Yem Gel and Natalie Kynigopoulou will start at 9:00pm)
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March, 12-5pm
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March, 12-5pm
Hosted by Jupiter Woods
Listen to Yem Gel’s performance here:
Workshop documentation by Charles Robert Harrison
Curated by Katie Simpson
The Gathering was the second iteration of the Conditions for Ongoingness project, furthering an investigation into the symbiotic nature of human and non-human systems. The exhibition reflected on a two-day permaculture workshop led by artist and environmentalist Charles Pryor in October 2017 and new works by invited artists considered our entwined relationship with the environment and with each other.
Participants to the permaculture workshop were invited to a preview dinner where a feast of fermented foods acted as a catalyst for ongoing conversations around food sustainability and our environmental responsibilities. Considering lacto-fermentation as a metaphorical device for our relationship to a wider connected system, the menu consisted of pickled sauerkraut and winter veg, kimchi, homemade tempeh and kombucha. The dinner brought people together through the relational act of eating and enabled a deeper consideration of our production practices and consumption ethics.
1.2 The Gathering is inspired by ‘intra-actions’, a neologism devised in 2007 by feminist theorist Karen Barad. To intra-act reframes our understanding of where agency comes from suggesting it is through relationships and connections that individuals materialise. By adopting the motif of two intra-acting objects, the Möbius strip and Klein bottle, the second iteration of this project thought through feedback loops and analogue signals, of fermentation and self-sustaining systems.
The Conditions for Ongoingness project aims to cultivate strategies for coping with an uncertain future with a focus on practical and sustainable alternatives to current dominant narratives. Fostering an interdisciplinary approach, the project works across art, science and ecology to produce and share knowledge between different groups of people.
Natalie Kynigopoulou - https://www.nataliekynigopoulou.com/ Kynigopoulou is a Cypriot/Swedish artist working and living in London. She holds an MA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art (2017). Natalie works in a variety of media including film, sound, video, installation and performance. Kynigopoulou’s work was recently exhibited as part of the Rotating Edible Object at Chalton Gallery, London with a debut performance by the Inaugural Potato Band (Rosie Carr and Natalie Kynigopoulou) 🥔🥔🥔
Charles Pryor has previously taught permaculture workshops at unMonastery in Kokkinopilos, Greece (2017) as well as working alongside Cityplot, Berlin. Exhibitions include Feral Kin at Auto Italia South East (2017), INFRASTRUCTURE/ RESIDENCE at Jupiter Woods (2015) and a residency and exhibition, Serving Suggestions at Outpost Gallery, Norwich, (2015). Pryor is currently studying a postgraduate degree in Climate Change and International Development at University of East Anglia.
Yem Gel - http://www.alecspierce.info/ // https://soundcloud.com/yemgel Yem Gel is Alex/cs Pierce - an aggregate producer from the UK. Upcoming releases on Orange Milk (USA) and Quantum Natives (The World) will establish Yem Gel's environments and their elusive inhabitant entities. These include the creeping buttercup rhizome, the fiberoptic cable, the necropolis of rot and moulds.
With special thanks to Jupiter Woods.
Kindly supported by the Goldsmiths Alumni and Friends Fund.