november, 2021

01nov20:3022:00B Arnold: Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene20:30 - 22:00 TBCEvent type:Presentation


(Monday) 20:30 - 22:00



Event Details

Bram Thomas Arnold: Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene

Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene is a happening in the guise of a reading group, a reading group made up of two really short words and two really long ones. It is a live event, a happening between people and across time, a collective performance, and a wake for a geological period we may or may not be living in. It is a happening in the Allan Kaprow sense of the word, a cross between a Quaker meeting group and a reconvening of the Dead Poets Society. It is deadly serious and socially awkward. It is archly comic, deathly silent, composed from anthroposcenic detritus and searching for contradiction amidst futility and hope. There will be biscuits, there will be tea, there will be really long words that are hard to say out loud, and there will be silence, in between, and there will be a dictionary. It is an act of Romantic Conceptualism, a game played with a few simple rules out of which emerge an endless stream of possibilities and an ongoing strata of language attempting to explore this new landscape of loneliness and isolation through an act of making ecological subjectivity together, at a certain time in a certain place. Each iteration of Bibliotherapy… is composed of a single strata, a heap of language, cut from texts, poems, prose, my own writing and fragments borrowed from the world, numbered, authorless, printed on particularly coloured paper and For The Anthropocene. For Borrowed Time texts will be selected to reflect and deepen the conversations towards an understanding of grief and living on borrowed time as perhaps we all are, texts will be printed in white ink on black paper specially for the occasion. Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene was developed with a commission by Plymouth Culture, it generally takes place in auspicious rooms, or sacred groves, mine ruins, or old quarries. It has a carrying capacity of 30 people and requires chairs to be placed in a circle in a given space. The door is generally locked.

Speakers for this event

  • Bram Thomas Arnold

    Bram Thomas Arnold

    Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist who started with walking and kept going, into performance; installation; drawing; academia; broadcasting and writing. His trans-disciplinary practice has seen him build a piece of road in a forest, learn to translate Lithuanian, carry 60 English novels to New York, and set out to walk from his home in London to the place of his birth in Switzerland. His ecological practice has been exhibited broadly in the UK as well as abroad in exhibitions from New York to St. Petersburg. His practice based PhD entitled Walking Home was published by the University of the Arts London in 2016. Elements of this work have been published in Digital Creativity Journal (Vol 26: 1), Ways To Wander (Triarchy Press) and his text/drawing series How To Walk (2009-2015) won the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2015. In 2017 he produced a six part radio show for Resonance FM in London called Trail Mix[ED] and a social sculpture project entitled The Park Bench Reader was commissioned by Plymouth Art Weekender. This Plymouth commission led to the development of Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene, a project which has now been presented at Plymouth Athenaeum, Back Lane West (Redruth), the Environment and Sustainability Institute at Exeter University, the Eden Project and was due to be performed at OD Arts Festival in Somerset (postponed due to Covid 19). Bram is currently Creative Fellow at the Environment & Sustainability Institute and Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth University as well as continuing to be an artist, a pedestrian and a writer.