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Michelle Atherton: A Celebratory Gathering – Live from the Rowan Tree and the International Space Station On October 15 Michelle Atherton held a
Michelle Atherton: A Celebratory Gathering – Live from the Rowan Tree and the International Space Station
On October 15 Michelle Atherton held a Celebratory Gathering on Zoom. This is a report-back and an exploration in response.
How do we publicly acknowledge the lives of those no longer living, beyond the funeral and the obituary? In secular cultures how do we bestow significance on a life and mark the lives of the dead? If what is important about life is how it is lived, how do we collectively judge what is consequential, what counts, what really matters? Equally, how do we move away from anthropocentric views on the worth or value of the life of other species and other organisms?
In an attempt to address these questions I wish to invite you to a gathering that will bring together anyone who would like to celebrate, in their own way, friends, loved ones or anyone, any organism or anything no longer in existence and in so doing pay tribute to the full spectrum of life and matter. From the recently or long-since deceased to those that are now extinct, extinguished and forgotten, whether human or not. During the gathering participants can share their tribute through whatever form they wish, whether that be testimony, stories, song, tears, toasts, chanting, recipes, contestation, poetry, imagery or silence…
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Speakers for this event
I am an artist, researcher and academic. My work considers particular moments or sets of conditions in our collective histories. I commonly use a remix aesthetic, incorporating sound, image, text, lighting effects and collaborative strategies to create fragmented narratives as hooks to explore our slippery perceptions of the world. The aim is look again at matters that seem settled, beyond question, but where inherent instability opens into other questions of material states, refusals, politics and new imaginaries. My work has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and shown throughout Europe in galleries, museums, festivals, conferences and via publication. Recent exhibitions include Spor Klübü, Berlin; Autonomy Middlesbrough Art Weekender, UK; Viborg Kunsthal Denmark; Kunstraum Gallery, Linz, Austria; Tatton Park Biennale UK; Kino Babylon, Berlin; Zeppelin Museum, Germany. I live in London and am a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.