Of Animacy Reading Group

This month's topic: 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'.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

Resonating with Smith's new video project, produced in direct response to the ecosystems at Stourhead, Of Animacy presents a selection of texts that encourage us to think through, and think with, the boundless array of beings that sustain life on earth. The four gatherings, each dedicated to the collective reading of a specific text, focus on material components that contribute to ecological processes: water, minerals, plants and animals.

The basics

Booking details
Call nella@nellaaarne.art
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Entrance Hall of Stourhead House
Of Animacy fosters learning through open discussion in a democratic space, with an aim to recognize vital alliances for our daily life and political thought. Reading the selected 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 support open discussion. Of Animacy meets monthly at 5.30-7.30pm from May till August 2019 and is always open to all. Text: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, ‘More-than-Human Sociality: A Call for Critical Description’, Anthropology and Nature, ed. Kirsten Hastrup (Routledge, 2014), pp. 27-42. For access to and further information on the monthly readings please email: nella@nellaaarne.art


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
29 May 2019 17:30 - 19:30 Available

Contact Info

Stourhead Estate Office
Call 01747 841152

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