In 2014, the Serpentine’s Extinction Marathon was hailed by The Guardian as ‘The artworld’s bid to save the world’. Since this pivotal event, the Serpentine has continued its research around ecology, climate change, animality, human and artificial consciousness, wellbeing, extinction, technology and multi-scale complexity.
Thinking ecologically both within the Galleries (which are uniquely positioned within Kensington Gardens), across a network of individuals and organisations, as well as in a wider context, General Ecology works on myth-making and foundational narratives. Inviting artists, with their capacity to imagine and transform, into the core of scientific and organisational systems, General Ecology takes a speculative, as well as active, stance towards embedding deep ecological principles into the everyday. Purposely conducting research across the boundaries that have traditionally separated vegetal, human, non-human animal and artificial intelligence in science, General Ecology proposes a practice of entangled interconnections and symbioses: co-evolution over competition.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, General Ecology has presented the symposium series on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, as well as the Serpentine Cinema programme On Earth and The Serpentine Podcast: On General Ecology. A number of publications, reading groups, international study programmes and residencies are in preparation. In Spring 2019, inspired by the exhibition of Emma Kunz's works, General Ecology presents a programme of healing sessions, symposia and commissions reflecting on plant intelligence and the intersections of erotics and botany.
The General Ecology project is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, Live Programmes and General Ecology) with Holly Shuttleworth (Producer, Live Programmes) and Kostas Stasinopoulos (Assistant Curator, Live Programmes). The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish is co-curated with writer and editor Filipa Ramos. Visual identity by artist Giles Round.
26/02/2020 - We Make Tomorrow: A Summit by Julie's Bicycle, in collaboration with General Ecology
03/05/2020 - The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory
MAL Journal Issue 3: PLANTSEX (April 2019)
Forthcoming: Microhabitable, in collaboration with INLAND and Matadero, Madrid (edited by Fernando García-Dory and Lucia Pietroiusti)
Forthcoming: More than Human: Perspectives on Interspecies Alliances (edited by Andrés Jacque, Lisa Mazza, Marina Otero Verzier and Lucia Pietroiusti)
Forthcoming: Ayesha Tan Jones, Parasites of Pangu: An Optimystic Dystopia (edited by Kostas Stasinopoulos)
Microhabitable, a research & study project by General Ecology, Matadero, Madrid and INLAND/Campo Adentro, 2019-2021: Part 1, Madrid, September-December 2019
Personhood, a research & performance project by General Ecology and Somerset House. Launches 22 April 2020
14/12/2019 - TIME TIME TIME, an opera by Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton
08/9/19 - Listening Session: The Flourishing Diversity Series
14-15/09/19 - Walking Backwards, Alex Cecchetti
03/8/19 - Saturdays Live: Rachel Pimm, (The Great Exhibition of) The Work of Cash Crops
20/7/19 - Saturdays Live: Ayesha Tan Jones, Parasites of Pangu
19/5/19 - The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants
12/4/19 - PLANTSEX
30/3/19 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth at The Long Now, Berlin
22/1/19 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth and Gardening
14/1/19 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth, Missing and Memory
11/12/18 - Serpentine Cinema: Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution
10/12/18 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth, Poison and Place
1/12/18 - Symposium: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: we have never been one
1/11/18 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth, Structure and Sadness
28/5/18 - Symposium: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: Language