Beyond the Fields follow on

Having attended the first day of Beyond the Fields at the End of the World Garden, near Falmouth, I came away with a feeling of potential.

The event brought together scientists, theorists and artists to discuss the nature of transdisciplinary research and art/science collaborations.

Arranged by artist Paul Chaney and scientist Lauren Holt on the plot of land Paul has dedicated to forest gardening and sustainable living, I met a number of inspiring scientists and artists.

Paul’s website describes what he offers as:

A collaborative platform for artist residencies, durational trans-disciplinary research, and residential seminars exploring land use and post-capital futures.

I’m intrigued by the idea of post-capital. What would that world look like? Having read the first part of a trilogy, Wool, by Hugh Howey, he describes a world where humankind lives in underground towers, memories of life before not allowed.

P. F. Drucker’s book Post-Capatalist Society has been written with the intent to explain how society is heading towards a time when what we know is paramount from one based on capital, land, and work.

In the introduction, he writes:

Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. We cross what in an earlier book (The New Realities, 1989) I called a ‘divide’. Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself – its world view; its basic values; its social and political structure; its arts; its key institutions. Fifty years later there is a new world. And the people born then cannot even imagine the world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born. We are currently living in such a transformation. It is creating the post-capitalist society.

Wool is very much a split between those having knowledge and those providing services.

I want to consider this in much more detail as I feel it may be a subject that will influence future projects, particularly given the current political climate in the UK.

The talks provided at the Beyond the Fields event gave a wonderful insight into some of the work being made by those in attendance. This included artist, and Falmouth University lecturer, Gemma Anderson’s explanation of her role as co-investigator on Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Representing Biology as Process‘. Through this she has considered how scientists have used illustration to evolve ideas on the subject they study. Sara Bowler was also in attendance. Her interests lay in the ‘palimpsest of place’ with projects such as Goonhilly Village Green, which created a temporary space on the Downs to bring people together who live on the edge of them.

I also spoke in length with fine artist Dan Payne. Having a background in scientific and medical illustration, we had common ground with my experience as a medical photographer. We hope to continue our discussion in future.

Attendees have already arranged to keep in touch and there are plans afoot for, in Paul’s words,  “a sort of underground network of inter/ trans disciplinary thinkers”.

It will be wonderful to be a part of that. And increase my knowledge.


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