Agency, Care, Maintenance: A Workshop

Wed 5 December, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Venue: Martin Hall Exhibition Space

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This relaxed, informal workshop will allow people to collectively explore their research into, interest in and practices of care in response to Assunta Ruocco’s research project and exhibition Co-Working with Things, which focuses on how the furnished spaces we inhabit contribute to our work. (Or, alternatively, you can just come and listen: there’s no requirement to contribute!). Assunta’s project examines both the work that things do, when they are arranged as furnished spaces such as homes, studios, workshops; and the reproductive work involved in furnishing working spaces and maintaining them. Assunta developed a series of practice based approaches through which she investigated ideas from amongst others feminist Autonomist theorist Silvia Federici, new materialist philosopher Karen Barad and philosopher of technology Gilbert Simondon. Together we’ll try to trace the (dis)connections between her work and our different approaches, interests and methods in order that we might challenge and enrich each others’ practices. We hope that this might be the first of a semi-regular series exploring feminist and materialist perspectives on contemporary art practice. If you’re interested in coming, please email David Bell (d.m.bell@lboro.ac.uk).

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February 2019

Materials Conversation 1: Richard Paul and Duncan Wooldridge

February 2019

Materials Conversation 1: Richard Paul and Duncan Wooldridge

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During late February and early March the photographer Richard Paul will be in residence in Loughborough University's Department of Materials, investigating what microscopic and high-speed ballistic images might reveal or uncover about our knowledge and understanding of the world beyond the limits of our immediate perception. Experimenting with 3D video and lenticular prints using scanning electron and optical microscopes, Paul seeks to reveal invisible moments of material transformation, in which toughened steel turns to liquid.

For this event Richard will discuss his work with the photographer, curator and critic Duncan Wooldridge. Wooldridge explores the limits of photography via themes of reproduction and authorship. He contributes regularly to a range of art publications, hosting seminars at major institutions and curating exhibitions. He is BA Photography Course Leader at Camberwell School of Art.

This event is open to all. A free ticket can be purchased prior to the event or you can just turn up on the day.

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March 2019

Materials Conversation 2: Phoebe Collings-James and Rebecca Bellantoni

March 2019

Materials Conversation 2: Phoebe Collings-James and Rebecca Bellantoni

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During March, the artist Phoebe Collings-James will be undertaking a residency in Loughborough University's Department of Materials, researching methods for achieving controlled material decay. Exploring violence, control and embodiment, she will enact a series of material experiments intended to disrupt boundaries between the subject and the object, reclaiming agency and resistance in the position of the objectified ‘other’.

For this event, Phoebe will be in conversation with the artist Rebecca Bellantoni. A London-born artist of Caribbean descent, Bellantoni considers the notion of ‘the real’ through a lens of spirituality and its aesthetics. Bellantoni’s practice includes video, textile, performance, installation and writing.

Tickets can be pre purchased or you can just turn up on the day without booking.

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March 2019

Materials Conversations 3: Rachel Pimm and Daisy Hildyard

March 2019

Materials Conversations 3: Rachel Pimm and Daisy Hildyard

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During February and March the artist Rachel Pimm will be in residence at Loughborough University's Department of Materials. Working with biochemistry, living chemistry and biomimicry, Rachel Pimm’s project asks what makes something ‘alive’. Through a series of experiments with active chemicals, Pimm will examine instances of the organic simulating the inorganic and organic/inorganic hybrids as a means to consider the relationship between ‘life’ and its environment.

For this event, Rachel wil discuss her work with the novelist and historian of science Daisy Hildyard. Hildyard is the author of two books, Hunters in the Snow and The Second Body. She is a Leverhulme Early Career Research fellow at Northumbria University, where she has led a research project investigating non-human life experiences.

This event is open to all. Tickets can be pre purchased or you can turn up at the event without needed to pre-book

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Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

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01509 222 948

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