Elastic Nature

An art research club, exploring the future of nature.

at The Cube

Elastic Nature is an art research club bringing together interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and thinkers around the broad subject of ‘the future nature’ via artificial life, sympathetic synthetics, sensory realities, materiality and speculative bodies.

Through interactive workshops, seminars, breakfast salons and screenings the group will stimulate conversation, ideas and the imagination around the changing shapes of nature. How can new forms of nature help remediate the planet? What constitutes artificial nature? What roles do culture, cognition, sensory mediation play in our understanding of nature and the ‘reality’ of it? How has science fiction depicted future nature?

SESSION #1: SENSING NATURE

Thursday 13th September 2018, 7.00-9.00pm

The first session will explore the role of the senses + materials in our understanding of ‘nature’ and the ‘natural’.

There will be exclusive access to the specialist collection of material consultants and curators Material Driven and the artist/researcher/educator Jhinuk Sarkar will lead a unique ‘sensory mediation’ exercise.

Through hands-on interactivity and stimulating discussion points, participants will contribute to a collective conversation and take away tools for their own creative practice or meditation.

What does it tell us about the role the senses play in understanding nature and the natural? Do we all experience nature differently? What are the possible applications of these materials? How can understanding how we sense nature contribute to our understanding of its reality?

SESSION #2 SENSING REALITY

Wednesday 19th September 2018, 8.30-10.00am

The second session will explore the role of the senses in our understanding of the reality of nature. Is ‘nature’ in fact an infinite reality? Is it a uniquely processed, individual experience? Is fake nature as real as wild nature?

Can technology help us understand / explore nature in novel and enlightening new ways? Should we be celebrating the multiple ways of experiencing the world?

The group will be joined by Daria Jelonek and Perry-James Sugden of Above & Below, with further salon speakers to be announced.

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All are welcome. Tickets are FREE but limited, sign up here or email beckyl.lyon@googlemail.com

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Opening Times
Event: Thursday 13 September, 7-9pm

Where
The Cube
Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street,
London
E1 6BJ