Event

Edge Effects: Artists and Animals on the Margins

Film screening and peer-led discussion around interspecies strategies of care, cooperation and resistance.

Edge Effects is co-organised by The Political Animal and Wrkwrkwrk, and hosted by Evening Class, as part of ART LICKS Weekend 2018.

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Edge effects – the ecological impact of borders created by agriculture, mining or urban development – are a conflicted area of study. Some research has argued that greater biodiversity and abundance is found near edges, while other studies suggest that the expansion of edges and habitat fragmentation has led to the decline of numerous species.

In an open study session, we invite artists and peers to consider ‘edge effects’ as a model for thinking about artistic survival. The discussion will hinge on the screening of recent and in-progress moving image by Olga Koroleva, Bryony Gillard and Tuuli Malla, which develop ideas of co-domestication, peripheral perspectives and non-human improvisation.

In an increasingly fragmented and hostile environment, how might artists and animals adapt to life on the margins?

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Films to be screened:

Bryony Gillard
A cap like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body
(2017-18)

Tuuli Manninen
I am not Tino Sehgal - I am a cat
(2016)

Olga Koroleva
Patterns of Care (work-in-progress)
(2018-)

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Day and Time:
Friday 5 October 2018, 6:30-8:30pm (doors at 6pm)

Location:
Evening Class, 48 Aberfeldy Street, Poplar, E14 0NU
Closest Tube/DLR Stations: Canning Town (Jubilee) or East India (DLR)
Please note there are building works requiring a small detour to arrive on Aberfeldy Street.

Booking:
The event is free but spaces are limited – please book a free place here.

Access:
The venue is a shopfront with a wide entrance and a small step to enter. Unfortunately, the toilet is small and not wheelchair accessible. The event will be seated on benches and chairs around a central table. There will be water and refreshments available. Please get in touch if you have particular access requirements.

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The Political Animal holds a monthly reading session, and organises exchange and exhibition opportunities for artists, writers, curators, and scientists, supporting cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural examination of interspecies relations. wrkwrkwrk is a feminist study group organising peer-led discussions and collaborations concerned with new ways of thinking about technology, decoloniality and the body. Evening Class is a self-organising design experiment in London.

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Image: Olga Koroleva, Patterns of care (2018-), still from video work in progress based on a visit to the final public opening of the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

Posted by: Christopher Lacy