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Thu 26 March 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Room 1.17, Martin Hall, Loughborough University
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During 2019/20, Radar has commissioned seven artists to produce new works alongside and in response to research into 'risk' across Loughborough University. This event will introduce these commissions, as well as exploring some of the ways in which academics across the University study risk. Topics covered will include ecological politics, disaster management, urban environments, artificial intelligence, the human body, resource extraction, news media and borders. Commissioned artists are producing performances, music, participatory events, films, websites and more.
The event will feature an introduction to Risk Related from Radar's Laura Purseglove and David Bell, Ksenia Chmutina introducing research into risk across Loughborough University, and Theo Reeves-Evison outlining the ideas informing Seed Casino, his Risk Related commission.
Theo Reeves-Evison, Introducing Seed Casino: Synopsis
Can trees be considered rational actors that weigh economic risks against perceived benefits? If some of the language used in ecology is taken at face value, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. This talk will explore some of the economic metaphors used to frame natural entities, connecting such language to wider currents of financialization in ecology and conservation that have emerged over the past 20-30 years. It will culminate by exploring a range of art projects that critical rework such initiatives from within, as well as the speakers’ own proposal to initiate a 'seed casino' in an area of woodland belonging to Loughborough University, inviting participants to place bets on the future reproductive capacity of individual species.
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