The final CISP Salon of 2018-2019 will explore themes of loss and survival on a damaged planet. We will screen “In Memoriam”, a short film exploring nature, grief and embodied movement, followed by a group discussion with Dr Annie Pfingst, filmmaker and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. Drawing from her film and the reading by Tsing, we will examine artistic practice as a research method for thinking critically with care in Science and Technology Studies.
Reading for the Salon:
Tsing, Anna. 2012. Unruly edges: mushrooms as companion species. Environmental Humanities 1: 141-154.
Additional background reading on the film:
Poynor, Helen. 2005. Landscapes of loss: moving and mourning – an autobiographical account. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices 5(2): 169-177.
*Please note* the film will be screened in the Curzon Cinema before moving to 150 RHB for the discussion.
Review of the film:
'Helen Poynor and Annie Pfingst’s beautiful environmental film quietly, gently and deeply gets to the heart of our human condition and our sense of our connection with place, with our environment and with those we love and are forever bound to. We become immersed in an anatomy of a space, of place and of the body… . The venous system of the leaf, the ganglia of limbs and branches intertwine and reach into and out of our fleshy bodies to remind us of aging, of loss and yet of wonder. The overlaying of images of trees, sky, rain, earth and the human situated within and amongst is a reminder of life cycles. … The film invites us to be with our grief, not only to mourn but to be attuned to nature reaching into our bodies, healing, repairing. Time to breathe, to listen to breathing, to breathe again, one more time’ — Sarah Whatley, Professor of Dance and Director C-DaRE Coventry University
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