FUTURE NETWORK SHORTS
Hosted online, every last Thursday of the month from May 2020.
At each event, 6 artists from across the UK will each host a 20 minute sharings of work, performance, conversations or experimentation.
THURS 27 August
Part of Season for Change, a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
www.seasonforchange.org.uk #SeasonforChange @jointheseason_
Join us for sharings, works in progress and conversations with artists from across a range of disciplines and join the conversation about how culture can inspire action in the face of climate emergency.
1pm: Hwa Young Jung – Endosymbiotic Love Calendar
Join artist Hwa Young Jung and microbiologist Yasmine Kumordzi to talk about finding Love in the time of Climate Crisis by becoming matchmakers between humans and microorganisms.
Endosymbiotic Love Calendar brings performance artists & scientists working together to embody a microorganism for every month of 2021. This art + science collaboration delves into the (renewed public awareness of the) microbial world and the fragile interdependence of our coexistence on this planet through the lens of queer ecology.
What does dressing up as a microorganism have to do with climate change? This LIVE chat asks the diverse team of human animals what they see as their part in taking action to address this most pressing question of our times.
2pm: Emily Bowers: Ocean Ghosts – A book project tour.
‘Ocean Ghosts’ is a non-fiction picture book that Emily is currently working on. The book guides us through effects of ghost fishing in a narrative way, helping us learn about the species affected by this destructive issue whilst inspiring us with ways we can help. It also begins to look at the effects it has on the ecosystems of the Ocean and opens space for conversation on how if it begins to collapse, this will change how the ocean helps regulate the planet / climate.
Emily’s main source of inspiration has always been the natural world. Its beauty is endless and full of shapes, colour palettes, movement and design. She hopes to use her work as a platform to help protect it and continue educating and raising awareness for the issues we face today through storytelling. Observing the world around her is integral to her work whether it’s through drawing, seeing, or memories. She loves creating artwork with a sense of atmosphere and movement.
3pm: Claire Collison – Living Room Expedition
Join urban-domestic botanist Claire Collison as she prowls around her Brixton flat ask-ing, ‘is this natural?’
Locked-down in London, Claire began experimenting with plant identification apps – initially to track down and name pavement plants on her daily walks. This inevitably led to other things…
Claire invites you to join her on Instagram Live at 3pm on Thursday 27th, when she will give a whistle-stop introduction before inviting you to join her in a plant hunt around your own do-mestic interior.
(If you want to download the free versions of PlantSnap and INaturalist ahead of the session, please do, but it isn’t essential.)
Winner of the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize, Claire Collison has been unpicking what we mean when we say ‘natural’ ever since her Billboard Project commission in 1993, Pretty Baa Lambs: From PreRaphaelite Brotherhood to PreMenstrual Sisterhood. She was the first artist to be awarded residencies in all three Metals for her ACE-supported project, Truth is Beauty (2018 – 2020). She currently designs engagement resources for the Government Art Collec-tion. clairecollison.com
6pm: Harun Morrison
Hydrological Cycle (35min) is a meditative mix of electronica selected and ordered by artist Harun Morrison on the basis of key words in the songs’ titles. These include Clouds by Hiroshi Yoshimura (1982), Sea by Luke Abbot (2019), Melt by Laurel Halo (2013), Waterfall by Mr Fingers (1989), Water Vapour by 7FO ft Sea Urchin (2017) and River by Ibeyi (2014).
Harun Morrison is an artist and writer currently living on a narrow boat on Regent’s Canal. Alongside Helen Walker, he co-founded the collective art practice ‘They Are Here’ in 2006. Through this collaboration they explore group dynamics, questions of authorship and politics of visibility. Recent commissions include I’ll Bring You Flowers (2019) Survival Kit 10, Riga, Laughing Matter (2018) at Studio Voltaire, the performance 40 Temps, 8 Days (2017) at Tate Modern and Beacon Garden (2018 – 2020), a commission to co-design and community build a public garden in Dagenham, East London at the invitation of Create London. He has an MA in Critical Writing from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He is former artist-in-residence with Arts Catalyst and previously in residence at IASPIS and Botyrka Konsthall, Stockholm (2018). Forthcoming work will be shown at Dakar Biennial, Senegal (2020) and Eastside Projects in Birmingham (2021), as part of Wheatley Fine Art Fellowshp in association Birmingham School of Art . Harun has been a visiting lecturer at Central St Martins, Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art and is associate faculty for the new studio program Conditions, in Croydon. Since 2019 Harun has been a trustee of the Black Cultural Archive (est.1981).
7pm Adam Sadiq – Ecosystem 2
Directed by technologist Adam Sadiq, Ecosystem 2 (e2), is a platform that explores the field of socio-ecological futures. Using mediums like the internet of things, 3d printing, data visualisation and programming, e2 create engagement projects, learning resources and artworks that all emerge from the aim of sensing GAIA in different modalities and perspectives. “In the vein of philosopher Bruno Latour we want to explore how we move “from matters of fact to matters of concern” and in turn define how we engender action and spaces for participation in this process.
Adam will be presenting work and discussing approaches of e2’s work around climate change, technology and landscapes. In his FNS Adam will discuss a critical approach to how art and science; nature and culture; learning and acting; might all interplay in the anthropocene.
Read Adam’s blog post – Sentient Socio-Ecologies
Website – www.ecosystem2.co.uk and www.adamsadiq.net
8pm: Hector Dyer
On Instagram live, Hector will look at how denial and time go hand in hand with our environmental situation. Tune in for sound, spoken word and video!
Hector Dyer started out making street performances in Bristol which developed in larger outdoor processions. He now works across performance, fabrics and text. He looks at time and memory to explore our relationship to the natural world, often working with participants and in collaboration with collectives. His solo work has been shown at Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, National Maritime Museum and Barbican Centre, he is an associative artist of Hackney Showroom
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Future Network Shorts is a new digital programme from Metal.
It has been developed from existing live events which take place at all Metal venues (Future Network in Peterborough, Future Park in Southend and Future Station in Liverpool). Through this programme, we aim to financially support artists through and beyond the testing time of COVID-19 and connect them with online audiences through diverse, entertaining and engaging content.
Each month from May 2020, Metal will host Future Network Shorts – the last Thursday of each month.
The event runs as a mini online ‘festival’. Across the day, 6 different artists will make appearances throughout the day, or host work digitally for you to engage with – this might be via a Zoom call, a digital workshop, a live performance on our social media channels or a virtual exhibition / article on our website.
Similar to the ‘3 Min Wonders’ format which is often used in Metal’s programming, these 10 minute slots are open for artists to test out ideas, perform, showcase work, hold conversations, experiment and take risks.
There is no set format. We look forward to presenting podcast sections, discussions, how to guides, dance, short talks, workshops, scratch shows and much more, hosted live by artists from their homes.
As this is a programme shared across all 3 Metal sites, the best place to get all the info is by following Metal Culture UK on social media. Follow @MetalCultureUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as not to miss out! Here, we will announce our artists, set times and digital access information.