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Symposium: Aesthetics, Poetics & Fiction as Tools for Change

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A symposium expanding on themes of the exhibition, BearMotherHouse, by artist collective Fourthland. Exploring object-making, aesthetics, fiction and the poetic in art as tools for community formation and social change.

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BearMotherHouse is a newly commissioned interactive installation by the artist collective Fourthland. The London-based artists, Louise Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter, utilise their practice to facilitate encounters with people and communities, draw marginalised knowledge into the foreground and explore forgotten modes of social and environmental consciousness.

Fourthland have been collaborating with Xenia, a friendship and English language project for migrant and English-speaking women based in Hackney. Through art making, performative and storytelling workshops between Fourthland and Xenia, a tale has been woven, entitled BearMotherHouse, that tells of a mythical reality of matriarchal reign and domestic sustenance.

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Fourthland (Louise Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter) is an artist collective that uses objects, ritual, storytelling and enactment to co-create public space and performances. Recent solo works include Permissible Notations of with Rosalind Fowler at PEER, London (2017); The Storm within Jeremy Deller’s Utopia Treasury, Somerset House, London (2016); back to where we have not quite been, Arnolfini, Bristol (2015); The Collective Tongue, Errant Bodies, Berlin; and everything happens on the street, PEER, London (2015). They have had recent residencies at CASS School of Art and Design, London (2016), Cabot Institute of Climate Change, Bristol (2015), and presented workshops at The Round Chapel, and Birckbeck, London (2016); Bergen Academy of Art, UCL Urban Lab, London and South London Gallery Local (2015). Fourthland also run an annual nomadic residency programme, yörük—a creative and holistic retreat co-hosted with alternative communities around the world.


Xenia (based in Hackney, London) brings migrant, refugee, asylum-seeking and British women together for welcoming workshops that encourage English language practise and meaningful two-way social integration through creativity and friendship.
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