Borrowed Time:

on death, dying & change

 October 31 – November 2, 2021

 Postgraduate Forum, November 3

and at other times too

All events at Borrowed Time are ONLINE

 

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We’re all of us living on borrowed time: the brevity of our personal span of existence now mirrored by a biosphere under intolerable pressure, its every life system beginning to fray and unravel under civilisation’s weight. We witness its collapse every day now, in new stories of cataclysmic weather events, of lives lost, of flora and fauna weirded, disrupted, gone. However incipiently or unconsciously, we live at a time of collective grieving – no life exempt from the consequences of this relentless devastation and what it has set loose.

Borrowed Time, on death dying & change is nevertheless a celebration: a gathering of disparate voices from across the globe coming together online from October 31 to  November 3. These voices use many registers and tones to delve into the depths of living with and dealing with death and dying with joy as well as with sadness. Borrowed Time is a space to explore questions pertaining to death, dying and change, and to ask what dying has to teach us about living well, and living sustainably. 

Join us as we engage with musicians and composers, historians, doctors, carers, artists,  poets and writers, dreamers, priests, philosophers, animal researchers, ecologists and  more. Our keynote presenters include the international speaker and activist Bayo  Akomolafe, choreographer Paul Michael Henry (who presents a new Butoh-inspired  dance on film, and Canadian film Director Jennifer Abbott whose latest film The Magnitude of All Things is receiving accolades and awards with screenings at film  festivals across the globe. 

Above all, then, Borrowed Time is a celebration of life, one that sets out to embrace and welcome all of its messy joys and travails.

There are numerous ways to access Borrowed Time from registering as a full delegate to attending a single event. The platform is online so can be accessed from wherever you happen to be. General booking is open now until tickets run out at www.borrowed-time.info. Borrowed Time is produced by the acclaimed arts organisation art.earth and is supported by the newly-emergent Dartington Arts School and the re-vivified  Schumacher College.

We look forward to joining you there.

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Borrowed Time events programme (featured events)

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October 31, 2021
Keynote: Bayo Akomolafe

Keynote: Bayo Akomolafe

What happens when health, wellbeing, and recovery are caught up with particularly troubling modes of corporeal production and imperial stabilities? ... Read More
October 31, 2021
Keynote: Paul Michael Henry

Keynote: Paul Michael Henry

Paul Michael Henry is a Scottish performance artist, dancer and musician. His work is informed by Butoh dance, punk rock ... Read More

November 2, 2021
Keynote: Jennifer Abbott

Keynote: Jennifer Abbott

A screening of Jennifer Abbott's acclaimed film The Magnitude of All Things will be followed by an interview and ... Read More

November 3, 2021
Postgraduate Forum:  Extinction

Postgraduate Forum: Extinction

In collaboration with our good colleagues at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School we are including a postgraduate forum ... Read More

December 5, 2021
Publication proposal form

Publication proposal form

We will be producing a printed publication coming from the Borrowed Time series.

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October 15, 2021
Event: A Celebratory Gathering

Event: A Celebratory Gathering

We invite you to A Celebratory Gathering, designed and facilitated by Michelle Atherton, on Friday October 15 at 18.30 BST ... Read More
September 29, 2021
In conversation: Sophie Strand

In conversation: Sophie Strand

In the next in our series of Borrowed Time conversations, we introduce American writer Sophie Strand. Sophie is a writer ... Read More
July 2, 2021
In Conversation : Sophie Pierce

In Conversation : Sophie Pierce

Sophie Pierce is a writer and broadcaster who worked as a reporter and producer for the BBC for over ... Read More

June 23, 2021
Keynote: Dr Rachel Clarke

Keynote: Dr Rachel Clarke

Dr Rachel Clarke gives the first Borrowed Time keynote address on June 23, 2021 ... Read More
April 2, 2021
Charlotte Ducann with Caroline Ross & Dom Bury

Charlotte Ducann with Caroline Ross & Dom Bury

First Fridays are our monthly series of informal artist get-togethers where the conversation may stray from the triassic to ... Read More

December 11, 2020
In Conversation: Stephen Jenkinson with Christos Galanis

In Conversation: Stephen Jenkinson with Christos Galanis

A conversation between Stephen Jenkinson and Christos Galanis on December 11 2020 ... Read More
November 20, 2020
In Conversation: Yuli Somme with Richard Povall

In Conversation: Yuli Somme with Richard Povall

A conversation between Yuli Somme and Richard Povall in November 2020 ... Read More
October 30, 2020
In Conversation: Pascale Petit with Mat Osmond

In Conversation: Pascale Petit with Mat Osmond

A conversation between Pascale Petit and Mat Osmond on Friday October 30 starting at 13.00 GMT ... Read More

 


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Publication proposal form

Publication proposal form

We will be producing a printed publication coming from the Borrowed Time series. If you wish your work to be ... Read More
Borrowed Time and Covid: an important announcement

Borrowed Time and Covid: an important announcement

With hindsight, perhaps this decision was inevitable. After many rebounds from dismay to hope and back again, we have decided ... Read More
Oliver Burkeman on Death & Dying

Oliver Burkeman on Death & Dying

Just happened to catch part of Oliver Burkeman's Monday morning series on BBC Radio 4 called The Power of Negative ... Read More
Queer Death Society zine

Queer Death Society zine

This mixed media creation is made up of creative and academic contributions from people around the world on the subjects ... Read More
Rachel Clarke keynote

Rachel Clarke keynote

On Friday June 23, we were delighted to have Dr Rachel Clarke as the first keynote speaker for Borrowed Time ... Read More
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Join the BT Facebook Group

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Oliver Burkeman on Death & Dying

Oliver Burkeman on Death & Dying

Just happened to catch part of Oliver Burkeman's Monday morning series on BBC Radio 4 called The Power of Negative ... Read More
Queer Death Society zine

Queer Death Society zine

This mixed media creation is made up of creative and academic contributions from people around the world on the subjects ... Read More
Mourning our pets

Mourning our pets

Our friend Yuli Somme from Bellacouche has sent this beautiful piece I remember years ago my daughter cradling her dead ... Read More
Goodness and acceptance

Goodness and acceptance

Thanks to Caspar Henderson @casparhenderson for sharing these words from Iris Murdoch: “Goodness is connected with the acceptance of real ... Read More
Ear plugs...

Ear plugs…

There was once a tradition in Hookland of sextons and gravediggers wearing special ear plugs to prevent the dead whispering ... Read More
Sophie Pierce in The Observer

Sophie Pierce in The Observer

Sophie Pierce is in conversation with art.earth’s Richard Povall on Friday April 9. She will be talking about her son ... Read More

 


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With the gently irony of malfeasance (for surely malfeasance is the only way we can describe our venal and dishonest treatment of the planet and the lives of others), the periods of lockdown we have all experienced over the past year or so have brought into sharp focus our own fragilities and opened our eyes and ears to the creatures we have so carelessly ignored for too long. Exhausted by the incessant noise of industry and urban culture, our ears were given some rest and quietude to let us hear once again the richness of bird song that surrounds; we finally had time to look afresh at the world around us. Many of us have lost friends to a virus long-predicted but quietly ignored until it would be ignores no longer. Friends and family may no longer be with us, but neither is our confidence to control and micro-manage this planet we inhabit. This pandemic has taught us all to beg for more time to correct our indolence and arrogance.

Join us as we engage with musicians and composers, historians, doctors, carers, artists, poets and writers, dreamers, priests, philosophers, animal researchers, ecologists and more. Our keynote presenters include the international speaker and activist Bayo Akomolafe, choreographer Paul Michael Henry (who presents a new Butoh-inspired dance on film, and Canadian film Director Jennifer Abbott whose latest film The Magnitude of All Things is receiving accolades and awards with screenings at film festivals across the globe.

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With the gently irony of malfeasance (for surely malfeasance is the only way we can describe our venal and dishonest treatment of the planet and the lives of others), the periods of lockdown we have all experienced over the past year or so have brought into sharp focus our own fragilities and opened our eyes and ears to the creatures we have so carelessly ignored for too long. Exhausted by the incessant noise of industry and urban culture, our ears were given some rest and quietude to let us hear once again the richness of bird song that surrounds; we finally had time to look afresh at the world around us. Many of us have lost friends to a virus long-predicted but quietly ignored until it would be ignores no longer. Friends and family may no longer be with us, but neither is our confidence to control and micro-manage this planet we inhabit. This pandemic has taught us all to beg for more time to correct our indolence and arrogance.

Join us as we engage with musicians and composers, historians, doctors, carers, artists, poets and writers, dreamers, priests, philosophers, animal researchers, ecologists and more. Our keynote presenters include the international speaker and activist Bayo Akomolafe, choreographer Paul Michael Henry (who presents a new Butoh-inspired dance on film, and Canadian film Director Jennifer Abbott whose latest film The Magnitude of All Things is receiving accolades and awards with screenings at film festivals across the globe.

Borrowed Time: on death, dying & change. October 31 to November 3 online.  Register now at http://borrowed-time.info
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Borrowed Time is an online conference with a difference: it feels like a live gathering and brings together a wide array of voices exploring ideas of loss and dying from personal and planetary perspectives.

These themes are explored across the event which runs from October 31 to November 3. We proudly offer a screening of Jennifer Abbott’s The Magnitude of All Things, her feature-length documentary film which is not yet on general release. Jennifer will also be in conversation with Mat Osmond. Other keynote presentations come from the renowned thinker Bayo Akomolafe who asks us In what sense might we consider death – more than just a terminal point – a gift to this pandemic-inflected Anthropocene. And choreographer Paul Michael Henry whose searingly powerful work explores the ecological crisis from many human angles.

When Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her sorrow opened her up to the profound gravity of climate breakdown. Abbott’s new documentary The Magnitude of All Things draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. Stories from the frontlines of climate change merge with recollections from the filmmaker’s childhood on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. What do these stories have in common? The answer, surprisingly, is everything.

For the people featured, climate change is not happening in the distant future: it is kicking down the front door. Battles waged, lamentations of loss, and raw testimony coalesce into an extraordinary tapestry, woven together with raw emotion and staggering beauty that transform darkness into light, grief into action.

Borrowed Time runs from October 31 to Nov 3 online. Book now at borrowed-time.info
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Bayo Akomolafe is our opening speaker at Borrowed Time on Oct 31. ‘A Certain Kind of Dying’ asks what happens when health, wellbeing & recovery are caught up with particularly troubling modes of corporeal production and imperial stabilities. Book now at http://borrowed-time.info

‘Veering from sheer terror to anxiety to acceptance, almost akin to going through stages of grief…Paul Michael Henry’s new dance has the kind of quietude that unnerves and provokes in equal measure.’ @pmichaelhenry keynotes Borrowed on Oct 31 Book now at http://borrowed-time.info

As a body-based practitioner, Anna Kushnerova focuses her attention on kinetic & physical research skills: a xover of experiential anatomy, movement & improvisation, her performances blend dance, ceremony, sculpture & sound. Join us Friday Nov 5 at 13.00.https://art-earth.org.uk/first-friday-november-5/

Poetic thinker @BayoAkomolafe works to inspire a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry; he believes the crises of our time are not exterior to us who are a part of the problem. Bayo opens Borrowed Time symposium (Oct 31 to Nov 3) http://borrowed-time.info

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