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Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants

  • EartH 11-17 Stoke Newington Road Stoke Newington United Kingdom (map)

EartH Theatre

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Serpentine Galleries present The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, a multi-media and multi-disciplinary day-long event dedicated to plant sentience, plant intelligence, communication with the vegetal world and forms of mysticism and healing. 

Featuring screenings, talks, listening sessions and performances by scientists, anthropologists, artists and theologians and musicians, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants is the third in a series of events dedicated to ecology and consciousness across animal, vegetal, human and artificial species, which is part of the Serpentine's multi-year General Ecology project.

Participants include artists Saelia Aparicio, Antoine Bertin and Vivian Caccuri, film theorist Teresa Castro, theologian Amy Hollywood, artist Kapwani Kiwanga, anthropologist Natasha Myers, political philosopher Michael Marder, artist Tabita Rezaire, sound recordist Chris Watson, writer Elvia Wilk and more.


Doors open at 1pm

Tabita RezaireLubricate Coil Engine - Decolonial Supplication, offering, 2017
Hans Ulrich ObristIntroduction
Kapwani KiwangaMiranda LoweKim WalkerToxic agents
Filipa Ramos and Lucia PietroiustiIntroduction
Saelia Apariciogreen shoots, 2019, animation
Carlos Magdalena
Panel with Chris WatsonCarlos Magdalena and Hans Ulrich Obrist 
Saelia Apariciogreen shoots, 2019, animation


*Natasha MyersRooting in the Planthroposcene
Michael MarderOn Vegetal Movements in Politics
Teresa Castro, Plant Agency: A Filmic Anthology
Panel with Michael MarderTeresa CastroFilipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti
Antoine BertinThe Edge of the Forest (Yamaguchi ATGC), March 2019 - NTS Radio 


Elvia WilkDeath by Landscape: The Weird Outside
Amy Hollywood"The extasy define--": Emily Dickinson's Mystic Poetic Botany
Panel with Elvia WilkAmy HollywoodFilipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti
Vivian CaccuriThe New World Syrup & The Fever Hand
Chris WatsonSalmo salar - The Three Realms, 45’, sound, commissioned by Serpentine Galleries and L-Acoustics on the occasion of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants.


General Ecology is the Serpentine’s long-term and ongoing project researching complexity, posthumanism, the environment and climate change. General Ecology manifests through publications, exhibitions, study programmes, radio, symposia and live events bringing together practitioners from the fields of art, design, science, literature and anthropology, among many others.

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine) and writer and editor Filipa Ramos, with Holly Shuttleworth (Producer, Live Programmes, Serpentine) and Kostas Stasinopoulos (Assistant Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine). Visual identity: Giles Round.

In partnership with the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and with the support of Fluxus Art Projects.
With additional support from Instituto Inclusartiz and Delfina Foundation

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16+ only. 16s to 17s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.

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