Tomorrow sees day one of a three day conference, held at Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, which is being facilitated by colleagues from Nottingham’s Centre for Critical Theory, Warwick’s Sociology department and the Contemporary itself – as well as Keele MCC.
Although Felix Guattari’s Three Ecologies has inspired the theme of each day – with day one concerned with mental ecologies, day two focused on environmental issues, and day three on institutions – we’ll be drawing on examples from art and politics, as well as cultural theory, to explore these themes.
I’ll be helping to facilitate the environmentally-focused day 2, with the fantastic Lynne Pettinger & Greg Hollin. We’ll be running two events: A participatory ‘world café’ style workshop called ‘Toxic Environments’ and a panel discussion-cum public dialogue called ‘Toxic Interventions’. To paraphrase the promotional blurb…
… We will discuss beagles and barbies, waste and deserts, knotweed and nuclear fallout, and consider questions such as: what’s good about toxicity? What would detoxification involve? How does toxicity affect mental, social and environmental ecologies?
More detail about each can be found here, but we’re really looking forward to both! We’re especially pleased because of the fantastic people who’ve agreed to be involved with each event.
For the workshop Rebecca Beinart and Des Fitzgerald will be joining us as facilitators, with Rebecca bringing her expertise on biodiversity, conservation and artistic interventions, and Des his research into urban stresses and mental health. Other topics of conversation will include toxic toys and uncharismatic animals, and we’re also putting together a top-secret ‘toxic playlist’ to get people in the mood!
For the panel discussion we’re absolutely delighted that MCC’s very own Pawas Bisht will be sharing his work on the Bhopal Gas disaster. He will be speaking with other colleagues doing incredibly important research, including Thom Davies who will be discussing his research about the aftermath of Chernobyl, Bev Gibbs who will be talking about the dilemmas raised by rare earth mining in Greenland, and Sujatha Raman who will present her work on anti-microbial resistance.