Of Animacy Reading Group: Plants

Of Animacy Reading Group, led by curator Nella Aarne, gathers at Stourhead over the summer months in conjunction with artist Sam Smith’s exhibition Nearness. The reading group is always open to all and no prior knowledge of the subjects discussed.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

In September, Of Animacy convenes for the last time to discuss work by anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing.Introducing us to the social life of plants and mushrooms, she takes us to the Satoyama forest — Japanese peasant woodland where planned and unplanned human disturbances weave into the multi-species social world of the forest.

The basics

Booking details
Call nella@nellaaarne.art
Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Entrance Hall of Stourhead House
Other
Text: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, ‘More-than-Human Sociality: A Call for Critical Description’, Anthropology and Nature, ed. Kirsten Hastrup (Routledge, 2014), pp. 27-42 Excerpts of the text will be read together during the session to support open discussion. Of Animacy welcomes open discussion with an aim to recognise vital connections for our daily life and political thought. Reading the text in advance is recommended but not necessary. Printed copies will be available at the gathering and excerpts of the text will be read together to help the discussion. For access to and further information on the monthly readings, please email nella@nellaaarne.art Of Animacy Reading Group was first convened by curator Nella Aarne at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 2017. The gatherings focus on feminist writings on human and non-human agents in the material world, spanning philosophy and natural and human sciences.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
25 September 2019 17:30 - 19:30 Available

Contact Info

Name
Stourhead Estate Office
Email
stourhead@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01747 841152

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Of Animacy Reading Group, led by curator Nella Aarne, gathers at Stourhead over the summer months in conjunction with artist Sam Smith’s exhibition Nearness. The reading group is always open to all and no prior knowledge of the subjects is needed.