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Serpentine Galleries - Open to reveal five Earthly Delights..
THE SHAPE OF A CIRCLE IN THE MIND OF A FISH: THE UNDERSTORY OF THE UNDERSTORY
5 & 6 DECEMBER 2020
Beginning on World Soil Day, The Understory of the Understory is the fourth instalment in the series The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, an ongoing project and a two-day art & ecology festival on consciousness and intelligence across life forms, part of the Serpentine’s General Ecology project.
Read on to learn more about five participations that you just can't miss from this year's festival.
FIVE EARTHLY DELIGHTS FROM THE UNDERSTORY OF THE UNDERSTORY...
1. Join artist Asad Raza for the premiere of his new film Ge (2020)
Asad Raza’s participation includes an interview with scientist Alex McBratney; a recipe for making neo-soil at home using readily available ingredients; and Ge (2020), a film study of the environs surrounding James Lovelock’s cottage in Devon, going through their geological, biological, anthropological and Gaiatic layers.
2. Immerse yourself in artist Adham Faramawy’s audiovisual, sketch-like performance, The air is subtle, various and sweet
This newly-produced work attempts to explore Faramawy’s relationship, as a person of colour, with ideas of ‘the land’, of plant taxonomy and of roots and heritage. They relate this exploration to the recent passing of their father, their relationship with him and his strong affinity as an artist and musician with his falahi (rural/farming) roots.
3. Discover more on building materials and the ingredients of the earth when pioneering architect Yasmeen Lari sits down in conversation with Serpentine Pavilion 2021 architect Sumayya Vally
This conversation problematises the legacies of building materials and reflects on the connections between geographies, history, forces of labour, race and class struggle, capitalism, toxicity and climate change. Together they explore the life, work and evolution of Lari’s life and career as an architect, researcher and activist.
4. Meet Merlin Sheldrake, biologist and author of the acclaimed book Entangled Life, as he takes us on a mind-bending journey into the world of fungi
See the world from a fungal point of view as Sheldrake paints a vivid picture of expansive networks of organisms that exist beneath us and leads us through an exhilarating exploration from yeast to psychedelics.
5. Take a walk with artist Ayesha Tan Jones into the forest and join musician YaYa Bones for the launch of their anticipated new EP EARTHEART
Join Ayesha Tan Jones for a walk among ancient trees, atop webs of mycelium and the matrix of the earth itself. Soft hands plunging into soft clay, sculpting sounds with their voice, Tan Jones invites us into their portal with their new film commission, while nonbinary audio alchemist YaYa Bones launches their new EP, with songs and spells three years in the making, EARTHEART is a ceremonial invitation into becoming. Becoming more like soil.
The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory takes place online at themind.fish
Saturday 5 December 12-6pm
Sunday 6 December 12-6.30pm
The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos, with Kostas Stasinopoulos. Produced by Holly Shuttleworth. Visual identity by Giles Round. Web design by Shaun McCallum.
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To celebrate The Shape of a Circle in The Mind of a Fish, we have a special selection of books to giveaway. Encounter various worlds of mycelium entanglements with books by some of the artists, writers and anthropologists participating in The Understory of the Understory.
To win, head over to our Twitterand Instagramtomorrow and comment on our posts with your favourite mushroom-related book we've not included and tag a fungi-loving friend!
JENNIFER PACKER: THE EYE IS NOT SATISFIED WITH SEEING 5 DECEMBER 2020 - 14 MARCH 2021
Book your free tickets for New York-based painter Jennifer Packer's first institutional solo exhibition outside of the US at the Serpentine. The exhibition draws out timely and necessary discussions on race, representation and art history, revealing Packer as one of the most significant artists of her generation.
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Join RIBA for a live-streamed lecture with the British artist and designer Es Devlin OBE. Known for her large-scale set designs and installations that cross the fields of art, design, music and technology. Devlin is currently designing the UK Pavilion at Expo 2021 Dubai. Her practice was the subject of an episode in the Netflix documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design in 2017.