We are delighted to announce the artists that have been selected for our new Myco-Lective artist development programme, which is curated by Feral Practice with lead artist Ama Josephine Budge. Myco-Lective is a programme engaging with ecological thinking, climate change, and multispecies futures. It takes its inspiration from human and non-human models of education, collective action, care, reciprocal networking, and mutual aid, including the mycorrhizal networks of the forest, where plants share nourishment and knowledge via the under-soil web of fungal mycelium. The programme is concerned with actively nurturing an ongoing collaborative approach and reciprocal support network between participants.
- Angela Chan is a creative climate change communicator and independently runs the curatorial project Worm: art + ecology. Her research interests in climate change span decolonial climate and social justice, geography and contemporary sinophone science fiction. Angela’s artistic practice currently explores moss as remedial companions through touch, (environmental) sensing and coordination.
- Joseph Morgan Schofield distils a queer poetics of self(s), place and time from the shards of myth and memory. Their performance works are acts of mythopoesis, where processes of queer ritual action function as a technology of divination, visioning other ways of being in other possible worlds. They are the facilitator of F U T U R E R I T U A L, a research and performance project considering the use, place and function of ritual in contemporary queer and performance cultures, and an associate artist of ]performance s p a c e[.
- Interested in what lies between journalist and storyteller Laurèl Hadleigh is a London-born artist experimenting primarily with documentary based film and organic materials. Through her practice she investigates the warped layers of truth within the socio-political climate, exploring systems and languages that centre dynamic interconnection.
- Linda Persson is a Swedish artist living and working between Sweden and the United Kingdom. Her work often focuses on questions of that which is historically repressed, about to disappear, or maybe already extinct, such as certain languages or technologies.
- Rhona Eve Clews‘ practice aims to encourage organic and spontaneous exchange between herself and the ‘bodies’ she encounters, whether human, non-human, cosmos or ecology. Viewing her body as the first ecosystem she has agency over, she physically performs her longing to merge with multiple subjectivities, embracing somatic interconnectedness, trauma theory, SF and eco-phenomenology, to burgeon a new ecological ethics of care.
- Sam Hodge is an artist investigating our entanglement with materials. She explores how we interact with and transform materials from our environment and how the environment changes us and the things we have made. For example, she finds and makes materials into paint, observing how the paint acts and changes over time, or collects human-made objects that have been weathered and transformed by environmental processes, further transforming these into prints.
- Sonia E Barrett looks at the objectification of animals people and plants through sculptural performances and articulations. In doing this she hopes to encourage whole earth solutions as opposed to fractional ones.
It was intended that Myco-Lective would kick-off with a weeklong intensive programme in May, however this has now been reworked into a series of online meetings and beginnings over the summer, as we recognise that the situation triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, only makes the need for collaboration and reciprocal support more urgent, and therefore we are working out how we can address this need through the programme.
We will be sharing updates on the programme as it developms through our social media channels, using the hashtag #MycoLective. We are really excited to be working with and supporting the selected artists and looking forward to how the programme will develop in response to their ideas over the coming months.