CONJUNCTION Readings – VR encounters

As a globally dispersed collective of artists and curators, CONJUNCTION explores concepts of publicness and digitality through commissioning, curating and socially-engaged art, as well as the use of digital spaces. Together we create trans local/national solidarities on a register of scales and timeframes. We meet weekly with members from the EU and US without the logistics of international travel, to talk, read and share. So far we’re grappling with new forms of collaboration and ideation via different tools from Zoom to white board programs such as Miro, and now Mozilla Hubs.

Our ongoing research is concerned with the politics, economics, ethics and aesthetics of digitally-mediated commons. It matters what worlds, world, worlds. Within that, we’re critically questioning disembodied engagement with the wider world, exploring less rigid and rectangular, more human and interspecies experiences in the digital domain. We directly experience this in the tensions between working together at a distance from each other, yet feeling the need to encounter the whole person, the whole world in our creative exchanges.

Here you can see Max Rippon and myself setting the space up for our current reading hosted at Studio Alight’s virtual gallery. You can see my Haraway -Staying with the Trouble Blackboard has made it to the virtual wall.

We’re reading;

Planet on FireA Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton

In the age of environmental breakdown, breakdown, the political status quo has no answer to the devastating and inequitably distributed consequences of the climate emergency. We urgently need an alternative to bring about the rapid transformation of our social and economic systems. As we rebuild our lives in the wake of Covid-19 and face the challenges of ecological disaster, how can the left win a world fit for life?

Planet on Fire is an urgent manifesto for a fundamental reimagining of the global economy. It offers a clear and practical road map for a future that is democratic and sustainable by design. Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Mathew Lawrence argue that it is not enough merely to spend our way out of the crisis; we must also rapidly reshape the economy to create a new way of life that can foster a healthy and flourishing environment for all.

Verso Books

The nine founding members of CONJUNCTION are Marilyn Lennon, Iliyana Nedkova, Julie Griffiths, Samantha Hookway, Juliette Harvey, Max RipponSebastian FreytagSara Brolund de Carvalho and Kerstin Bergendal.

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