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A four day event exploring new ways of communing.

Bringing together sculpture, performance, song, and workshops back to where we have not quite been is a four day event staged at Arnolfini which merges ideas from anthropology, science and psychoanalysis suggesting a new folk tale and ways of communing. The project is the culmination of a research residency in Bristol by artists isik knutsdotter of Fourthland as part of ‘Resilience Lab’, a project curated by Tessa Fitzjohn and Aldo Rinaldi and organised in partnership with the Cabot Institute, Bristol University and funded by Whitbread PLC.

Staged across the first floor galleries, back to where we have not quite been comprises a curated exhibition featuring objects and artworks made especially for Arnolfini. Over four days the galleries will be punctuated by a series of performances and public events, from the telling of new stories using old ways, to ancient processes interpreted through performances and engaging with tactile objects and surfaces, to a dreaming workshop and the consumption of a ‘culture’, available to visitors for communal drinking.

A key focus for the project is skills sharing in order to foster cultural, intellectual and social exchange between the resident artists, academics and the public. This will be examined at a conference on Saturday 28 November staged within the heart of the installation where professions and knowledge will be blurred through an experimental approach to knowledge exchange and gathering. Invited speakers and participative activities will investigate how the arts can contribute to creating ‘resilient communities’ in the context of Bristol’s tenure as European Green Capital during 2015 and its membership in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 resilient cities.

Events include:

Handed Down and Handled: opening night performance

Thursday 26 November 19:00 – 21:00

Public Dreaming Workshop

Friday 27 November 13:00 – 15:00                                                    

back to where we have not quite been: Conference

Saturday 28 November 14:00 – 18:00 

Constructed by Many Mouths, performance by The Island Folk Choir

Sunday 29 November 12:00 – 13:30                                        

Visual Matrix Workshop           

Sunday 29 November 15:00 – 17:00                                            

back to where we have not quite been includes contributions from The Cabot Institute, The Island Folk choir, artist Gail Barker and Fourthland resident researchers Dr. BenCranfield (Director of PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies Birkbeck University), Sarah Deco (Group Analyst, Psychotherapist and Storyteller) and Dr. Julian Manley (researcher at the Psychosocial Research Unit University of Central Lancashire), who will be leading a Visual Matrix workshop, marking the end of the 4 day event.

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