Places to Intervene in a System Art Research Exhibition 20 – 22 August 2021

Five artists invite you to join us in an experimental exhibition.  Our work responds to the many challenges of humanity’s relations with the natural world which sustains us.  Our project grew out of a reading group at University of the Arts London on the theme of ‘human/ other-than-human’ theory. 

In 1999 systems-thinker Donella Meadows, in her article Leverage points: Places to intervene in a system1 proposed that “Goals, power structures, rules and cultures” are the creators of systems of human behaviour and that humans have instinctive awareness of the leverage points within these systems, the nodes where intervention is possible, but the problem is that we almost unerringly exert our leverage in the wrong direction!  These insights are the starting point for our creative enquiries.

This year the UK hosts the United Nations COP26 in Glasgow.  The implications of human generated climate emergency are ever clearer. Covid 19 crossed into humans as we encroached on natural habitats. Ecosystems are breaking down from the Great Barrier Reef to Greenland.  In this exhibition we explore different ways to recalibrate human understanding, empathy and relationship with the natural world. To become more ‘eco-logical’2.

This exhibition seeks to turn things inside out and bring the outside in. Using different techniques to engage, understand and take action, we invite you to join us – to explore artworks and participate in events both inside the gallery space and outside in the Museum Garden and local nature reserves.

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