Convened by Dr. Bridget Crone
with prep sessions led by Lucy A Sames, Bridget Crone and Kate Pickering, with guest Anna Barham

Various dates March 2019 - Summer 2019

MARs Research Hub, Goldsmiths College, Seminar Space (Room 5)
43 Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6NW

The MARs Session LIQUID BODIES-WORLDS is a series of seminars, research and practice-led activity that explores artistic, poetic and philosophical approaches to the notion of “liquidity”. Our focus is on questions of methodology and practice in relation to states of immersion and transition. We will address the implications of ideas of liquidity through field trips, workshops, performances and seminars with guest artists and theorists held across the Spring and Summer Terms.

While there have been a number of events and a burgeoning literature surrounding watery ecologies, the oceanic and the liquid that emerges in relation to the social sciences and the environmental humanities, Liquid Bodies-Worlds is designed to engage with the field of artistic practice through engaging with questions of “liquidity” as an immersive experience of being-in-the-world and its implications for practice; questions of how to write from states of immersion, how to work from the body immersed in experience.

Approaching liquidity as a form of horizontal relation between bodies is not only to prioritise the experience and the becoming of the body in relation to other bodies (swarms, schools, smacks to use watery analogies here) but also to ask key questions of the body in its becoming – that is, to examine entanglements with fictions, technologies, finance and pharmacologies. How do we think, write or act within the immersion of these entanglements? How might we conceive of a body outside of the human, and outside of our own lived experiences? Do we want to?

Prep Session 1: Wet Rest, led by Lucy A Sames
Prep Session 2: Machines, molecularity and the ‘turbulent body’, led by Dr Bridget Crone
Prep Session 3: Performance and writing workshop, led by Kate Pickering with guest Anna Barham
MAIN SESSION: To be held during Summer Term (date t.b.c.)

N.B. In order to participate in the Prep Session 1. Wet Rest you must undertake a float  No prior experience of floatation is required, but commitment to both the flotation and the session is essential. To help access to the session, we are able to offer 10 free floats and the Prep Session 1 will also be capped at 10. If you wish to participate in Prep Session 1: Wet Rest you must fill in and submit the following form before the 1st March:

N.B. There will be three Prep sessions in March. The final session will take place in the Summer Term, and further activity in 2019-20 academic year as part of the developing Liquidity Cohort.

IMAGE CAPTION: Anna Barham, Double Screen (not quite tonight jellylike), 2013, 2 channel HD video, 32 minutes

Liquidity Cohort

The liquidity cohort is designed to cover areas of philosophy, theory and art practice related to questions of the body (or bodies, human and particularly otherwise) in “grey ecologies” (Virilio 2009) – biophysical, financial and digital networks. We aim to build a bridge between certain ideas found in new materialism and those related to thinking the possibility of being in the world (philosophy of mind, computation and digital ecologies). We are focussed on speculative approaches to thinking, practicing and writing from a states of immersion in differentiated worlds towards future possibilities and the project of survival in the broadest possible sense. The Liquidity Cohort aims to build a group of researchers (student and academic) working with and through different theories of the body and networked relations including dance, art writing, curating and working with ideas pertaining to machine learning, cybernetics, black study, ecology, gender and disability studies.

MARs Sessions

MARs Sessions bring together researchers within Art, across disciplines, between institutions and beyond higher education for intentional, concentrated discussion and sharing of research. Each small-scale, curated event spans a single afternoon and engages around 10-12 people in conversation, all of whom share a research interest in common. The sessions are initiated, organised and run by members of academic staff in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, keying into specific research interests.

Depending on the curatorial agenda, each MARs Session may have up to three ‘prep’ sessions involving readings, screenings, gallery visits, etc. Keying into the research theme/topic of the main MARs session, these ‘prep’ sessions are organised by an MPhil/PhD Researcher in Art in consultation with the main MARs organizer. The ‘prep’ sessions run on consecutive weeks leading up to the main MARs session.