Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Centre for Cultural Ecologies

Events and News

Forthcoming Events

“Arts of Habit, Habits of Art: Slow Time, Ecologies, Vision,”

4th June 2019, 10:00 to 17:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College , Alice Highet/Lucy Whelan/Alistair Rider

A joint research conversation between the Centre for Visual Arts & Culture
and the Centre for Cultural Ecologies.

Our habits make us. Artistic practice, aware of itself as cultivated habit lived through a span of time, shifts the focus of both viewer and artist from product to process, from artefact to mode of doing/being. In this one-day research conversation we will explore the artistic practices of contemporary artists who commit long spans of time to gradual, cumulative projects, in modes of self-documentation, chronobiology, repetition with a difference, and habitual making. Bringing these practices into dialogue with wider questions of ecology, both of self and world, we will consider how habits have the potential to create, transform, or destroy habitats, or to bring them freshly into view. In habit lies yet another lesson of the Anthropocene, our vexed new epoch that incessantly demands adequate 'arts of noticing' (Lowenhaupt Tsing).

The workshop will coincide with the opening of an exhibition showcasing works from Durham’s art collection that deal with the theme of ecology and the environment. The exhibition has been curated by MA Visual Culture students and Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Durham’s Curator of Western Art.

10.00 – 10.15: Introduction/welcome

10.15: Talk 1: Alice Highet (independent artist): Artistic Practices of Slow Time

10.45: Talk 2: Lucy Whelan (Humboldt University Berlin): Germaine Richier’s Hybrid Ecologies

11.15: Coffee

11.45: Talk 3: Keynote lecture: Alistair Rider (St Andrews): The Status of Habit in the Era of Biometric Monitoring

13.15: Lunch

14.15: Talk 4: MA Visual Culture students: The Process of Curating Art and Ecology

15.00 Coffee

15.15: Roundtable: Alistair Rider, Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Lucy Whelan, William Schaefer

16.00: Opening of exhibition


Past Events

Events by Research Project