In Conversation: Art and Ecology

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 5 January 2022
  • Live in-conversation event, starting at 6pm. Programmed alongside the exhibition Julia Crabtree and William Evans: Slip.

Angela YT Chan (Creative Climate Change Communicator) and artist Rachel Pimm discuss the relationship between art, ecology and collective action. Chaired by curator Sophie J Williamson.

About the speakers

Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist. Her work reconfigures power in relation to the inequity of climate change, through self-archiving, rethinking geographies and speculative fiction. Her current research-art commissions span climate framings, water scarcity and conflict, and has held residencies with Arts Catalyst, FACT/Jerwood Arts’ Digital Fellowship and Sonic Acts’ environmental research residency. Angela produces curatorial projects and workshops as Worm: art + ecology, collaborating with artists, activists and youth groups. She holds a postgraduate in Climate Change (KCL) and is also a researcher in international climate and cultural policy. Angela co-founded the London Chinese Science Fiction Group and co-directs the London Science Fiction Research Community.

Rachel Pimm is a research based artist working in sculpture, text, photography, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics. They are interested in the potential of surfaces and matter to transform. Their recent UK based work has been included in programmes including Artangel, the Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Jerwood Space, Chisenhale Gallery and The Royal Academy as well as internationally. Residencies include Loughborough University Chemical Engineering, Gurdon Institute of Genetics at Cambridge University, Rabbit Island, Michigan, USA, and as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence 2019-20. Rachel is Associate Lecturer at Camberwell and has a forthcoming commission with Arts Catalyst in 2022. 

Sophie J Williamson is a curator based in London and Margate. She is initiator and convenor of Undead Matter, a research programme focused on the intimacy of dying and its dialogue with the geological. From 2013 until 2020, she was Programme Curator (Exhibitions) at Camden Art Centre, London. She was part of the inaugural team at Raven Row (2009-13), and previously worked on various international biennales. She was Gasworks Curatorial Fellow (2016); Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Curatorial Fellow (2020); V-A-C Research Award Recipient (2020), and is currently on a year-long research residency at Jan van Eyck Jan van Eyck Academie. Her anthology, Translation (Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press) brings together writings by artists, poets, authors and theorists to reflect on the urgency of building empathy in an era of global turmoil.

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