Location: The Anatomy Rooms
Date: Thursday 25th May 17:00 to 20:30
17:00-18:00: Roundtable discussion on the future of higher education and the arts in a rapidly changing world with Erin Manning, Tim Ingold and Nuno Sacramento.
18:00-19:00 Drinks and Food
19:00-20:30 Talk: What Things Do When They Shape Each Other – The Way of the Anarchive, by Erin Manning

“Every method is a happy simplification,” writes Whitehead (1967: 221). The thing is, all accounting of experience travels through simplification – every conscious thought, but also, in a more minor sense, every tending toward a capture of attention, every gesture subtracted from the infinity of potential. And so a double-bind presents itself for those of us moved by the force of potential, of the processual, of the in-act. How to reconcile the freshness, as Whitehead might say, of processes underway with the weight of experience captured? How to reconcile force and form? Two shapes compose: “a shape of value and a shape of fact” (Whitehead 1968: 64). To conceptualise these compositions as shapes-in-the-making perhaps gives us a way to conceive a passage that includes the more-than of the forms coursing across processes. By way of the figure of the cuff, I will explore the emergent shaping of relational processes. This, I will suggest, is the way of the anarchive.

Please RSVP Alyson Millar (alysonmillar@abdn.ac.uk) if you will be attending.

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Her current art practice is centred on large-scale participatory installations that facilitate emergent collectivities. Current art projects are focused around the concept of minor gestures in relation to colour, movement and participation. Publications include Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (Duke UP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009) and, with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP, 2014) and The Minor Gesture (Duke UP, 2016).

Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory. His more recent work explores environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold’s current interests lie on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Tim leads the ERC-funded Knowing from the Inside project.

Nuno Sacramento was born in Maputo, Mozambique and has for the past seven years lived and worked in the North East of Scotland. He was the Director of Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, between 2010 and 2016, and is now the Director of Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen. He is a graduate of the deAppel Curatorial Training Programme and also completed a PhD by practice in Visual Arts (Shadow Curating) at the School of Media Arts and Imaging, DJCAD, Dundee. He is currently developing ‘Deep Maps/geographies from below’, the WORM (Peacock’s new Project Room), and Free Press a youth-led publishing project. He is involved in research, project curation, writing and lecturing as well as all things concerned with the everyday running of small size arts organisations.