Looking at the Past Understanding the Present Shaping the Future – an evening about sustainability
Wed 19 Jun 2019 / 19:00
In this roundtable conversation, UK and Germany-based artists Beatrice Searle, Lyndsay Mann and Sonya Schönberger will give an insight to some of their works that tackle the issues of sustainability, how humans interact with nature, how this interaction changed since the colonisation of the Non-Western World and what the impacts are for us today. The audience will be invited to join the conversation, share their thoughts, concerns and strategies to approach sustainability in their own practices and lives. The conversation will be moderated by Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX London.
This event is devised by Sonya Schönberger, the current Goethe@LUX artist in residence who is exploring plant ecologies as part of a project inspired by the work of the poet Andrew Marvell who lived in Waterlow Park where LUX London is based.
The Goethe@LUX Residency has been running since 2017 to offer an artist living in Germany and working with the moving image the opportunity to spend May to July in London to work on a particular theme. The residency also includes developing events with LUX Scotland and the Goethe Institute in Glasgow. Visiting artists so far have been Liz Rosenfeld (2017) and Anahita Razmi (2018).
Beatrice Searle trained in Fine Art at Newcastle University and susequently completed a stonemasonry apprenticeship at Lincoln Cathedral. She now lives and works in Scotland. Her art practice explores how human beings connect to their landscape and natural environment, our relationship with vital ecosystems, the internal landscapes we construct for ourselves and the power of landscape to affirm and strengthen. Ecological and geological research inform her practice which takes the form of sculpture, performance and writing.Recent work includes ‘Foregathered wi’ the beast’, (Rewind/Rewild, Omved Gardens, London 2019), in support of the return of wolves to the Highlands, and ‘For the Journey and Return with The Orkney Boat’ (The Orkney Museum 2018). Beatrice is the co-curator of Rewind/Rewild exhibition and forum. www.beatricesearle.com
Lyndsay Mann’s work explores the unstable territories between objective and subjective voices, knowledges and experiences. In 2017 she completed Voicing Uncertainty, a PhD examining voice, authority and subjective experience. Investigating these topics through artists’ moving image, her work draws from ideas in philosophy of mind relating to extension, embodiment and expectation. Mann is a recent recipient of a Creative Scotland Open Project Award for her current research into the history of women’s healthcare and contemporary obstetrics. She studied at Central Saint Martins, London, and Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, where she is now Lecturer in Fine Art. www.lyndsaymann.com
Sonya Schönberger is a Berlin-based artist who combines her studies in social anthropology and experimental media design in her artistic practice. The tracing of historical themes in connection with memories of individual biographies marked by interruptions and shifts is of particular interest to her. Many of her projects have developed out of different archives, either found or created by her. Schönberger works across different media such as photography, theatre, film, installation or audio formats. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Goethe@LUX in London where she questions the image of plants as the provider of solace to humans. www.sonyaschoenberger.de