General Ecology

General Ecology

General Ecology is the Serpentine’s long-term and ongoing project researching complexity, posthumanism the environment and climate change. General Ecology manifests through publications, exhibitions, study programmes, radio, symposia and live events bringing together practitioners from the fields of art, design, science, literature and anthropology, among many others.

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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.

PODCAST

The Serpentine Podcast: On General Ecology

UPCOMING EVENTS

12/4 - PLANTSEX
19/5 - The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants

PAST EVENTS

22/1 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth and Gardening
14/1 - Serpentine Cinema: On Earth, Missing and Memory
11/12 - Serpentine Cinema: Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution
10/12 - 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

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Friday, 11th January 2019

Alex Cecchetti, Melograno

Alex Cecchetti

Melograni (love probability), 2019

Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants

Jenna Sutela

Sporulating Paragraph, 2017
Photo: Istvan Virag

Courtesy of the artist and Momentum 9

Emma Kunz marigolds 3

Emma Kunz marigolds 3

Marigolds polarised by Emma Kunz, 1953

SOAC pt1

Claire Filmon performing Simone Forti's Sleep Walkers / Zoo Mantras at The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 1: Language, 28 May 2018.
Photo: Plastiques Photography

Jenna Sutela, Holobiont, 2018 (Video Still)

Jenna Sutela

Holobiont, 2018

Video still

Anna Tsing in conversation with Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti

From left: Filipa Ramos, Anna Tsing, Lucia Pietroiusti

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 2: we have never been one, 1 December 2018, Ambika P3

Karrabing

Karrabing Film Collective, The Mermaids: Mirror Worlds (2018)

SOAC pt1 3

Peter Gabriel at The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 1: Language, 28 May 2018.
Photo: Plastiques Photography

Symposium: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 2: We have never been one

Gruff Theatre performing Anna Tsing's Golden Snail Opera at The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 2: we have never been one, 1 December 2018, Ambika P3