Resilient Alliances #2: Heretic Ecologies

Resilient Alliances is a series of events set up against the dominant narrative of managerial and commodified present. We offer competing stories and collective tools to face up to the traumas to come.

In the second lecture-workshop of the series, Heretic Ecologies, Most Dismal Swamp curator Dane Sutherland and Dr Daniel Rourke will explore the resilience of the ontological category of the “human” vis-a-vis challenges posed by temporal and species hybridity.

The event will begin with a performance-screening of “Whale Fall (lectio divina mix)” with Most Dismal Swamp’s curator Dane Sutherland, followed by a lecture from Dr Daniel Rourke. The session will culminate in a collective writing workshop where participants conspire as groups of anonymous lifeforms.

Most Dismal Swamp

Most Dismal Swamp is an experimental art platform and record label that simulates and explores a contemporary ecology which has come to be defined by the hallucinatory entanglement of multiple logics, systems, temporalities, and realities: a mixed-reality paradigm; a pervasive, horizonless swampscape. It is a model for parsing, navigating, and elaborating a Dank Enlightenment : globally variable synaesthesia across multiple and simultaneous dimensions. Recent activities include: Swamp Protocol, Arebyte (London, 2019) and Whale Fall, Gossamer Fog (London, 2019)

Daniel Rourke

Dr. Daniel Rourke is from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and is currently based in London having recently completed his PhD at Goldsmiths University, where he is now also lecturer and co-convener of the MA in Digital Media.  In his work Daniel creates collaborative frameworks and theoretical toolsets for exploring the intersections of digital materiality, the arts, and (critical) posthumanism. These frameworks often hinge on speculative elements taken from fiction and pop culture: figures and fabulations that might offer a glimpse of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities). His writing, lecturing, and artistic profile is extensive, including work with: Arebyte Gallery (London + online, 2018), Photographer’s Gallery (London 2018), AND Festival (Peak District, 2017), The V&A(London, 2017), FACT (Liverpool, 2017), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017), Transmediale (Berlin, 2016 + 2017), Tate Modern (London, 2016). Daniel is also a contributor to Rhizome.org and Furtherfield.org.

Event organised by: James Hendrix Elsey, Elaine Tam, and Chiara Di Leone

Visual: courtesy of Most Dismal Swamp

Where and When:

Richard Hoggart Building, Room 356

Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Thursday, 30th of May

18:30-21:00