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Links & Shifts
Sun 21 August 2016, 14:30 – 17:30 BST
Nikki Pugh in conversation with Kat Jungnickel and Emily Chappell.
Practitioners from three different disciplines explore the similarities and differences in their working processes. The obvious link between them is cycling, but this event will delve deeper into methods of understanding-through-doing; the affordances of bodies and technology in motion; and how we tell the stories of the physical, emotional and intellectual journeys we go on.
Nikki, Kat and Emily will each give a presentation about what they do before then taking part in a group panel discussion that takes a closer look at how and why they do. There'll be tea, cake, books, bikes and bloomers during the break.
Doors open at 2:30pm for a 3:00pm start. The event is free, but we'd appreciate a small donation towards the cost of the cake!
Ticketing opens on the 16th of July, with places strictly limited.
Artist Nikki Pugh investigates interactions between people and place. Recent projects include a research and development residency at Coventry Transport Museum thinking about collective storytelling of experiences relating to cycling and different cycling cultures, and a cycle guided tour in the form of a treasure hunt for adrenaline, serotonin and oxytocin.
Links & Shifts is part of a larger project in which Nikki asks the question "What happens when you change from thinking about markers on a map to an awareness of the changing rhythms of effort and terrain?" and attempts to answer it by building an Orrery - an alternative approach to the visualisation of cycling data involving a moving sculptural object rather than dot-watching on a webpage.
Orrery for Landscape, Sinew and Serendipity
Sociologist Kat Jungnickel has been researching the social, political and material challenges to the freedom of movement experienced by Victorian women. The resulting research – Bikes and Bloomers – has at its core the making and wearing of a collection of transformable cycling garments patented at the time.
Put yourself inside the research: Kat will be bringing along a selection of the garments which you will be able to try on. We'll also have a vintage bicycle rigged up for you to sit on and pedal so you can get a sense of what it might have been like to ride in clothes like these.
Kat's Bikes and Bloomers collection in action
Adventure cyclist and writer Emily Chappell has toured across continents, fatbiked across snow and ice, and raced across Europe. She recently published a book about her time as a cycle courier in London and regularly writes for the Guardian’s Bike Blog.
Emily will be recently returned from racing something in the order of 3,800 km (2,360 miles) between Belgium and Turkey. Join us for the post-race stream of consciousness where memories start to be shaped into stories, links are made and the process of reflection gathers momentum. New endeavour The Adventure Syndicate pledges to show "how it works from the inside", so expect that to feed into our conversation too.
Copies of What Goes Around - Emily's memoir of her time as a London cycle courier - will be available to buy for £13 each and Emily will be signing books during the event. (If you'd like to buy a copy, please register before the 11th of August.)
Emily racing in Transcontinental 2015, image: Schollaert Xavier
The event will be held at Birmingham Open Media, which is a stone's throw away from the Southside exit of Birmingham New Street railway station. This is probably also the best place to lock up your bike if you cycle over (there's a run of Sheffield stands in the 'drop and go' area off Hill Street).
Access into the venue is via a couple of steps from street level, but we can sort out alternative wheelchair access if you need it - please let us know in advance. Similarly, if you have other accessibility needs then get in touch via the 'contact' button below and we'll do what we can to make things work for you.
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Also massive thanks to the Veteran-Cycle Club for loan of a vintage bicycle.