Digesting Life Systems: Session 3 - Feeding the Life Web

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This is the third evening session of Digesting Life Systems, a series of 'readings' and discussions on the launch of Enzyme #2 Magazine.

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In this session, we will unpack the contributions by artists Newton Harrison and Abbie Bradshaw to Enzyme #2.

Our closing session will promote the encounter of artists Newton Harrison and Abbie Bradshaw. Newton will start by building a historical arch in time, connecting his contribution to the magazine to past environmental projects he did in the United Kingdom in collaboration with his wife and partner Helen Harrison, whose name inspires the title of his contribution to the publication, called Helen's Town.

Not just a town, this project can be described as a city which is hungry for environmental regeneration, which opposes cities' most common sole appetite for financial wealth.

And it is appetite and hunger that drives Abbie's research into the city of Liverpool's most famous dish. Abbie invites the audience to join her in cooking an environmentally friendly version of that dish: a blind scouse.

In the cooking class, you will learn about the history of the sailor’s stew, Abbie’s passion for instructions and the role of shared eating in Liverpool’s cultural landscape.

Moderation by Jorgge Menna Barreto & Sarah Kristin Happersberger.

By joining the event, you will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive a FREE copy of Enzyme # 2 Life Systems magazine, there are 5 per each session to win.

About Enzyme #2 Life Systems

 The publication, Enzyme #2: Life Systems (2021), anchors on Jorgge Menna Barreto’s research-based practice focusing on how our environment is shaped by what we eat and how we live. 

Enzyme Magazine was created in 2020 by artists Joélson Buggilla and Jorgge Menna Barreto as a periodical that is also a durational art work. 

The first issue was launched at Jan van Eyck Academie (NL) and was dedicated to finding possible relations among the surfaces of the page, the table and the earth. Thinking of the periodical as part of an intellectual work of digestion, the artists proposed a second issue as their project for Liverpool Biennial and invited curator Sarah Kristin Happersberger to join them as co-editor.

 Artists Abbie Bradshaw, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Cos Ahmet, Linda Jane James and Newton Harrison, as well as LJMU Art students, collaborated on the challenge of turning Enzyme #2 into Life Systems, the title for this issue. 

About Newton Harrison

Newton Harrison (b. 1932, New York, USA) lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Together with his wife, Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018), the Harrisons were foundational to the Ecological Art movement. Their concept of art embraces a wide range of disciplines – they are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries, activists and poets. Their work proposes solutions and involves public discussion as well as extensive mapping and documentation. Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture, and forestry issues, always taking a whole systems approach. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. They have exhibited globally, including documenta 8, Germany (1987), Venice Biennale, Italy (1976, 1980), Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2018), and Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (1985).

About Abbie Bradshaw

Abbie Bradshaw (b. 1995, Liverpool, UK) currently lives in Liverpool, studying for an MFA at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Abbie is a multidisciplinary artist who works mainly with performance and installation. Her practice focuses on body-space-relationships in everyday life. Abbie has an existentially motivated interest in the relationships formed by the body in space through chorographical objects. Using instruction as an artistic strategy, she challenges ordinary movements and the performance of everyday life. In her time-based works, the artist's body and selected props serve as tools to raise questions about human and more-than-human interactions, as well as the routines that are formed through repeated encounters and mutual positioning.

About Jorgge Menna Barreto

Jorgge Menna Barreto, Ph.D. (b. 1970, Araçatuba, Brazil) is an artist and educator whose practice and research has been dedicated to site-specific art for over 20 years. Menna Barreto approaches site-specificity from a critical and South American perspective, having taught, lectured, and written extensively on the subject; he has participated in multiple art residencies, projects and exhibitions worldwide. In 2016, he took part in the 32nd São Paulo Biennial with his award-winning project Restauro: a restaurant set up to work with a complex system of environmental restoration in collaboration with settlements of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST); the project travelled to the Serpentine Galleries in 2017. In 2020, as a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands, he launched a periodical called Enzyme in collaboration with his partner Joélson Buggilla. In Geneva, Switzerland, he has collaborated on the MFA in Socially Engaged Art at HEAD - Haute École d’Arts Appliqués, where he is working on a collaboration focused on ecopedagogy. Since 2015, Menna Barreto has been a professor at the Art Department of Rio de Janeiro State University and is now Assistant Professor at the Art Department of UCSC.

About Sarah Kristin Happersberger

Sarah Kristin Happersberger (b. Heppenheim, Germany) is a researcher and curator based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has a background in art history and specializes in time-based art, socially engaged art and collaborative practices. Amongst others, she has organized exhibitions and projects for ZKM, Karlsruhe (DE), Arnolfini, Bristol (UK) and Liverpool Biennial (UK). Sarah is currently working on her PhD thesis, which discusses how women artists negotiated the notion of ‘togetherness’ in collaborative artworks that were produced in the context of the 1970s and 80s women’s movements. She has designed and taught courses on socially engaged art, feminisms and activist practices in museums, and published essays on performance art, public art and artist books.

About Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Taking over unexpected and public spaces, historic sites and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city through art for over two decades. The 11th edition, The Stomach and the Port, explores notions of the body and ways of connecting with the world. 50 international artists and two collectives are taking part in this year’s Biennial. A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events unfolds over the 12 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.


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Liverpool Biennial presents the UK biennial of contemporary art. It takes place every two years across the city in public spaces, unused buildings, galleries and online. The Biennial is underpinned by a programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 340 new artworks and presented work by over 480 artists from around the world. 


Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port
20 March – 6 June 2021

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