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

EartH Hackney, N16 8BH

19 May 2019 - 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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

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Serpentine Galleries presented the third installment of this symposium and research project, presented as part of the General Ecology project. The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants brought together scientists, anthropologists, artists and theologians around plant sentience, plant intelligence, communication with the vegetal world and forms of mysticism and healing. 

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Participants included artists Saelia AparicioAntoine BertinVivian CaccuriKapwani Kiwanga and Tabita Rezaire, film theorist Teresa Castro, theologian Amy Hollywood, ​Natural History Museum curator Miranda Lowe, Kew Gardens horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, political philosopher Michael Marder, anthropologist Natasha Myers, biocultural historian Kim Walker, sound recordist Chris Watson (presenting a new commission), writer Elvia Wilk and more.

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PROGRAMME

1-4PM

Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, offering, 2019
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Kapwani Kiwanga, Miranda Lowe, Kim Walker, Toxic agents
Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti, Introduction
Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, 2019, animation
Carlos Magdalena, Botanical Journeys
Panel with Chris Watson, Carlos Magdalena and Hans Ulrich Obrist 
Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, 2019, animation
 

BREAK

4-7PM
*Natasha Myers, Rooting in the Planthroposcene
Michael Marder, On Vegetal Movements in Politics
Teresa Castro, Plant Agency: A Filmic Anthology
Panel with Michael Marder, Teresa Castro, Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti
Antoine Bertin, The Edge of the Forest (Yamaguchi ATGC), March 2019 - NTS Radio 

BREAK

7.30-11pm
Elvia Wilk, Death by Landscape: The Weird Outside
Amy Hollywood, "The ecstasy define--": Emily Dickinson's Mystic Poetic Botany
Panel with Elvia Wilk, Amy Hollywood, Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti
Vivian Caccuri, The New World Syrup & The Fever Hand
Chris Watson, Salmo salar - The Three Realms, 45’, sound, commissioned by Serpentine Galleries and L-Acoustics on the occasion of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants.

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*denotes remote contribution

The event marked the premiere of sound recordist Chris Watson's new, multichannel diffusion piece Salmo salar - The Three Realms, which traces the Atlantic salmon run from the sea ice edge of the Barents Sea to their spawning grounds by the source of the River Coquet in Northumberland, recording along the way the sounds of vegetation from the ‘three realms’ of saltwater, freshwater and air. Salmo salar was specially composed on this occasion for EartH Hackney's unique 25.1 surround sound configuration, using L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology from L-Acoustics. This is Watson's first time working with L-ISA technology.

As a prelude to The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, an evening of screenings, talks and performances, titled PLANTSEX took place on 12 April at the Institut Français. Mal Journal Issue 3: PLANTSEX was on sale during the event.

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants was curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine) and writer and editor Filipa Ramos, with Holly Shuttleworth (Producer, Live Programmes, Serpentine) and Kostas Stasinopoulos (Assistant Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine). Visual identity: Giles Round

Watch part 2 in the series, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: we have never been one, here.
Watch part 1 in the series, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: Language, here
Listen to The Serpentine Podcast: on General Ecology, here.
Read more about General Ecology, here.

In partnership with the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and with the support of Fluxus Art Projects.
With additional support from Instituto Inclusartiz and Delfina Foundation

Salmo salar - The Three Realms by Chris Watson was commissioned by Serpentine Galleries and L-Acoustics on the occasion of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, 19 May 2019, EartH London (part of the Serpentine's General Ecology project). The project uses L-ISA (Immersive Sound Art) technology to deliver highly realistic, spatialised sound, like in nature itself.

 

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Fish 3 audience

Fish 3 audience

Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
FR LP Fish 3

FR LP Fish 3

Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
HUO Fish 3

HUO Fish 3

Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Chris Watson Fish 3

Chris Watson Fish 3

Chris Watson, Salmo salar - The Three Realms, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, Fish 3

Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, Fish 3

Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Carlos Magdalena Fish 3

Carlos Magdalena Fish 3

Carlos Magdalena, Botanical Journeys, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Panel Fish 3

Panel Fish 3

Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, Fish 3

Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, Fish 3

Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Vivian Caccuri, Fish 3

Vivian Caccuri, Fish 3

Vivian Caccuri, The New World Syrup & The Fever Hand, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Michael Marder, Fish 3

Michael Marder, Fish 3

Michael Marder, On Vegetal Movements in Politics, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Antoine Bertin, Fish 3

Antoine Bertin, Fish 3

Antoine Bertin, The Edge of the Forest (Yamaguchi ATGC), Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Teresa Castro, Fish 3

Teresa Castro, Fish 3

Teresa Castro, Plant Agency: A Filmic Anthology, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Vivian Caccuri, Fish 3

Vivian Caccuri, Fish 3

Vivian Caccuri, The New World Syrup & The Fever Hand, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Elvia Wilk, Fish 3

Elvia Wilk, Fish 3

Elvia Wilk, Death by Landscape: The Weird Outside, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Chris Watson Fish 3

Chris Watson Fish 3

Chris Watson, Salmo salar - The Three Realms, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Chris Watson, Salmo salar - The Three Realms

Chris Watson, Salmo salar - The Three Realms

Chris Watson, Salmo salar - The Three Realms, on location Croquet Head, commissioned by Serpentine Galleries and L-Acoustics on the occasion of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, 2019. Photo: Maggie Watson
Vivian Caccuri, Fish 3

Vivian Caccuri, Fish 3

Vivian Caccuri, The New World Syrup & The Fever Hand, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Panel Fish 3

Panel Fish 3

Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, Fish 3

Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, Fish 3

Tabita Rezaire, Lubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Fish 3 audience

Fish 3 audience

Serpentine Galleries: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, 19 May 2019, EartH Hackney © Talie Rose Eigeland
Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, branch

Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, branch

Saelia Aparicio, green shoots, 2019 animation © Saelia Aparicio Courtesy of the artist and Belmacz, London
Vivian Caccuri, fever flower

Vivian Caccuri, fever flower

Vivian Caccuri, Giant Tropical Flower with Mosquito Swarm, pen, sepia and colour pencil on paper and acetate, 2019.

Saelia Aparicio green shoot series

Saelia Aparicio

Branchie, from The Green Shoots Series, 2019

digitally edited ink on paper drawing

Courtesy of the artist and Belmacz, London

Vivian Caccuri, sabethes

Vivian Caccuri, sabethes

Vivian Caccuri, Tree top mosquito with hallucinogenic geometry, pen, sepia and colour pencil on paper and acetate, 2019.
TheBerg

TheBerg

TheBerg by Mila/Jakob Tigges
Antoine Bertin, arbre de pluie

Antoine Bertin, arbre de pluie

Antoine Bertin, Arbre de Pluie, a scream activated public fountain, 2019, courtesy of the artist.
Chris Watson, Estuary

Chris Watson, Estuary

Chris Watson, Estuary

Courtesy of Chris Watson