Peer Forum at the Horniman Museum and Gardens
Borbála Soós was selected for the Peer Forum award at Horniman Museum and Gardens. She will be working with Angela Chan, Olga Koroleva, Sonia Levy, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Anna Mikkola, Gerard Ortín Castellví, Rachel Pimm, Laura Plant, Sara Rodrigues, and Hanna Rullmann in a peer mentoring group that considers their practice in relation to rewilding.
The term rewilding refers to an ecological practice that, through undoing the anthropocentric environmental transformation, strives to reinstate rich multi-species entanglements. Rewilding is visionary, future centric, resilient and allows for dynamic processes that can adapt over time.
Throughout the Peer Forum meetings and by engaging with the collections and displays of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the group will discuss how each of their artistic practices relate to the ecologies of rewilding and what sort of ideas, forms and methodologies this might encompass, such as communal projects and projects in unusual locations; in collaboration with scientists and other researchers; exercising practices of care and similar.
Borbála Soós (b 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based independent curator. Her recent research focuses on the development of structures found in nature, and explores these as metaphors for social organisation. She regularly curates projects related to animal and plant studies, biopolitics and the environmental and urban commons. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 2012 and 2019 she was director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London. She is regularly invited to give lectures, run workshops and teach by universities such as Goldsmiths College, Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art.
Angela Chan is a creative climate change communicator and independently runs Worm, an online curatorial platform challenging the criteria for climate change expertise through arts practices. She has a background in art history and an interdisciplinary MA in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society. Her research interests span climate and social justice, decolonial and area studies and contemporary Chinese science fiction. She also writes climate speculative fiction as algaela and co-founded the London Chinese Science Fiction Group hosted monthly at UCL.
Olga Koroleva (b. 1987, Tula, Russia) is a London-based artist working across writing, photography, moving image and live action. She pursues a long-term inquiry into inter-species relationships, informed by current debates in animal studies, ethology, anthropology and queer theory. Her work addresses human and non-human animals, (and especially the image of the wolf), organic and inorganic matter and their multiplicities. Olga is the founder and leader of The Political Animal group. She is currently a Film Practice Fellow at The Centre for Film and Ethics, Queen Mary University of London, member of and Virtual Artist in Residence at Global Research Network, and Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at the Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University.
Sonia Levy is a French artist whose research-led practice considers new forms of engagements with nonhuman life forms. Her installation, sculpture, drawing and video works operate at the intersection of art and science, interested in redefining our relationship with the Earth. She graduated from Villa Arson, École des Beaux-Arts de Nice in France as well as École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She is a 2020 commissioned artist at Radar Loughborough and has shown in the UK and internationally including exhibitions and screenings at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris; BALTIC, Gateshead; Obsidian Coast, Brad-ford-on-Avon; Goldsmiths College; The Showroom, London; Pump House Gallery, London; Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri, Iceland and The Húsavík Whale Museum, Iceland.
Lou-Atessa Marcellin is an artist whose practice has developed to adopt a curatorial mode of production in the form of a research platform called Diaspore, investigating ecological frameworks which interconnect social and environmental spheres. Using ecology and researching non-human organisational systems, such as the fauna and flora, allows her to draw parallels between structures that are present in nature, such as the self-reliance of the forest, and how such ideas can be implemented within contemporary culture. Recent projects include, NEWS Spring School and Forest Rangers at Jupiter Woods, London; Mezze Pizza on RTM radio for Art Licks Weekend and Sympoiesis, Storytelling in the Anthrpopocene at Tenderbooks, London.
Anna Mikkola is a London based artist whose work explores how technology, nature, and culture are entangled and co-create each other. Observing how technological developments alter minds and bodily boundaries, she considers the relationship between the collective and the individual within human and more-than-human scenarios. She mainly works with video and installation depicting scenarios that move between fiction and reality. Her work has been shown locally in London, for example at the ICA, Somerset House, SPACE, Jupiter Woods and Arcadia Missa as well as internationally at Sonic Acts, Amsterdam; INDEX 19, Stockholm; SIC, Helsinki and FUTURA, Prague. She is the co-founder of the art duo Human Interference Task Force / HITF (2014) and the art space V4ULT (2013 – 2015). Mikkola is currently a resident at the Somerset House Studios and a lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom and at Central Saint Martins.
Gerard Ortín Castellví (b. 1988, Barcelona) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. His practice problematises the idea of “nature” and its imagery, often looking at human and more-than-human relations through materialism. He is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College. He recently graduated from Artists’ Film and Moving Image MA at Goldsmiths College, after completing an MFA at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. He has recently shown his work at LUX, London and exhibited at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; as well as in Tabakalera, Donostia San Sebastián; Stedelijk Museum Bureau of Amsterdam; Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo; Open, Reykjavík and Seager Gallery, London. His works have been screened in places like the Anthology Film Archives, New York; Zumzeig Cinecooperativa, Barcelona; Numax, Santiago de Compostela.
Rachel Pimm (b. Harare, 1984, lives in London) works in sculpture, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of non-human agents such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. They are interested in the potential of surfaces and matter to transform. Their work has been included in recent programmes including Whitechapel Gallery, Hales Gallery, Jerwood Space, ANDOR, Tenderpixel and Chisenhale Gallery, The Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery (all London 2014-2019) as well as internationally in Europe and the USA. Pimm has an MFA from Goldsmiths and lectures in Fine Art at Camberwell College.
Laura Plant is a curator and designer whose practice addresses expanded environmental thinking and it’s embedded power structures, drawing attention to communal learning and radical support as disruptive gestures within these currents. She has recently completed the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College, is part of the curatorial collective To Whom This May Concern and assists in programming at New Contemporaries. Her current research project Tending the shy weed looks at the transitory lives of plants in a globalised world. Other recent curatorial projects include collaborations with Tenderbooks, Chisenhale Studios, Women’s Art Library, Enclave and a curatorial archive commission from activist organisation Platform. In summer 2019 she took part in the Guapamacátaro Art & Ecology residency in Michoacán, Mexico.
Sara Rodrigues is an interdisciplinary artist working with audiovisual composition and performance, with an immersive research-led practice that appears both as short interventions and long duration collaborative projects. Her work explores the complex relations of life-making, looking at the interconnectedness of humans with their ecosystems, both micro and macro. Composing with open structures that often call for participation, with varying levels of agency and ramifications, she is interested in the possible forms of affect within the work and effect beyond it. Sara holds a BA in Fine Art from the Cass School of Art, a BMus Music from Goldsmiths College and an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, where she is currently Junior Fellow. She is the co-director of the New Maker Ensemble and The LivingRoom projects.
Hanna Rullmann is researcher and designer, developing a practice around questions of conservation, environmental policy, and legal/political production of natures. She graduated with an MA from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2018. Since then, she produced the short film Habitat 2190, together with Faiza Ahmad Khan (commissioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), which follows the construction of a nature reserve at the site of former migrant camp ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, France. The film addresses the ways in which an imagination of nature is weaponised in the governing of borders, interrogating the intersecting mobilities, rights, and co-existence of human and non-human life.