24 October from 6-8pm
EARTH-READING WITH PHOEBE COLLINGS-JAMES
FREE EVENT BUT BOOKING ADVISED
Read, sculpt or play with terracotta clay while discussing extracts from the book ‘A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None’ by Kathryn Yusoff.
The second in a series of reading groups with Beaconsfield’s Environmental Artist in Residence Phoebe Collings-James. Participants are invited to link intellectual and sensory responses by working with terracotta clay during the discussion. All creations will be fired by our local partner Mudgang Pottery, in their kiln, for collection from the gallery at a later date.
Collings-James’ ceramic practice calls attention to the earth and its politics – which is where they cross over with academic Kathryn Yusoff, Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London.
Yusoff’s recent book ‘A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None’ (2019)connects the environmental ravages of extractive mining with our universal sugar and coffee addictions; all legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.
26 October from 7.30-11pm
SONIC REFLECTIONS ON WINDRUSH WITH DUBMORPHOLOGY
Dubmorphology return to Beaconsfield for Black History Month to weave black histories into a specially commissioned electro-acoustic sound performance that will employ every aspect of the venue as a player in an immersive ambient score.
Black Industrial Sound artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart work in collaboration as the production and performance group Dubmorphology. Mathison was a founder, composer, sound designer and audio recordist of the internationally renowned cine-cultural artist group, The Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1995) and formed Dubmorphology with fellow media artist, Gary Stewart (2003–present). Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of sound, moving images and computational creativity. As Dubmorphology they explore social and political issues of identity, culture, and technology.
The sonic installation, bar and snacks (including Scotch Bonnet cocktails) will be available from 7.30pm, with a special live performance at 8.45pm.