Open call: Becoming Earthly 2022

19th November 2021

ID: Jeni Reid for Phosphorescence Festival at the Barn, curated by artists Lucy Cash and Luke Pell, who took part in Becoming Earthly 2020. Image shows a person with very short hair wearing a long-sleeved white top, standing in a forest with their back to us. Their left arm is poised up and out at the side with some moss placed in the elbow crook and on the back of hand. Another larger piece of moss is on top of their head.

Becoming Earthly is an online experimental learning space for artists/arts practitioners.

An open call for applications: connecting the arts and environment
DEADLINE: Monday 29th November at 5pm

What does it mean to perceive our condition as a fragile temporary state of being, wholly dependent upon the natural systems that surround us?

Becoming Earthly is an online experimental learning space for artists/arts practitioners that are interested in addressing this question in co-relationship with the Barn.

At the Barn, we have been focusing our 25 year-long exploration of arts and environmental awareness as a process of learning and thinking through doing in the form of experimental artwork, shared discussion, and participation, which increasingly connects with a diverse range of age groups, nationalities, and identities.

Becoming Earthly 2022 sessions will be held from January to March 2022. Content and activity of the programme will be anchored around the following pairings which will act as provocations or openings into ecological awareness and climate crisis, not just as concepts and ideas but also as a consideration of the aesthetic and bodily plains of feelings and perception.

The four pairings are:

  • Gravity and Movement
  • Doubt and Pleasure
  • Lament and Improvisation
  • Shame and Play

Becoming Earthly 2022 will be the second iteration of our online programme of six sessions, each two hours in length, delivered via Zoom. Four sessions will be hosted by different thought leaders. This year the leaders include:

  • Emeritus Professor of Palaeobiology, Jan Zalasiewicz
  • Artist, writer and researcher Dr Amanda Thomson
  • Artist, curator and researcher Dr Sophie Hope
  • Anthropologist and Feldenkrais practitioner, Dr Paolo Maccagno

These sessions will be introduced by curator and Head of Creative Programme at the Barn, Simone Stewart and members of the Becoming Earthly Steering Group. A final session for a work-in-progress/ideas sharing will be determined collaboratively by the core participant group.

It is hoped that Becoming Earthly 2022 will both develop the work and thinking of individual participants and lead to the creating of new work within a supportive network.

Places are limited and subject to an application process.

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