Workshop: Sensitives Stream, led by Matterlurgy with Prof. Philip Warren

Caddis Fly Larvae, Underwater Film Still, Matterlurgy, 2021; courtesy the artists
Caddis Fly Larvae, Underwater Film Still, Matterlurgy, 2021; courtesy the artists

Join us for a walking workshop led by artist duo Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright) in collaboration with Emeritus Prof. Philip Warren, University of Sheffield, taking place along a stretch of the River Porter in Sheffield.

 
This hands on workshop takes the simple question: what is in the water? as a starting point for beginning to think and feel with the river, reflecting on its health and exploring how rivers form (and inform) communities of humans and non-humans. 
 
Participants will be invited to use both river - sampling techniques from the field of biology, and art based listening and creative writing exercises in order to immerse and attune their senses with the river. Around this, discussions around local and global ecologies will be shared.
 
The workshop forms part of Sensitives Stream, an online project by Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright) that shares research and practice from their residency with Arts Catalyst as part of Test Sites
 
Full details including meeting point will be sent to all confirmed attendees prior to the event.
 
ACCESS: The whole workshop takes place outdoors. It will unfold over three hours with short breaks taking place throughout the event. Unfortunately the site is not accessible for wheelchair users.
 
EXTRAS: Participants are asked to bring a fully charged mobile phone if you have one and wear flat footwear. We advise wearing suitable warm, waterproof clothing in case of rain or standing in a stream.
 
Please also bring hand sanitiser and a mask. This request is made to ensure everyone attending feels safe and in case of visits to cafes on the route. Remember to bring wellies if you'd like to get watery! 
 
This event will be free but booking is essential as places are limited. Book Here.
 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as runny nose, sore throat, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
 
Sensitives Stream will culminate on 14 August in an event developed in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery on a stretch of the river Thames: whitechapelgallery.org/events/river-studio-matterlurgy/
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Matterlurgy is a collaborative practice between London based artists Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright. They work in critical contexts of environmental change, across disciplines and media, combining the production of artworks with co-constructed events and live performance. They have produced projects about air pollution, river ecosystems, waste, flooding and climate modelling. Artworks have been made with sites including a hydropower station, disused steelworks, a laboratory for ice simulation, an abandoned copper mine, and galleries and museum collections.
 
They have collaborated with scientists at The University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Sheffield, King’s College London, and Royal Holloway University of London. Their work has been commissioned and exhibited across international venues and partners including: Delfina Foundation, Tate Modern, Raven Row Gallery, Gazelli Art House, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, ICA, The Showroom Gallery, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), UK Green Film Festival (UK), Bòlit Contemporary Arts Centre (Spain), Mains d’Œuvres (France), ONOMA (Finland), Dalane Kulturfestival (Norway), HIAP Frontiers of Retreat (Helsinki). For more information visit matterlurgy.net
 
Professor Philip Warren is an ecologist with interests in biodiversity and ecological processes, particularly at the community and landscape scale. Much of his work has been involved with understanding the ecology of urban systems, including work on the role of domestic gardens for biodiversity, the management of urban rivers and the relationship between the form of the urban environment and the ecosystem services (benefits to people) it delivers. Find out more about Philip's research here.