Nomadic and Dialogic: Art and Ecofeminism
Murray Edwards College, Roundtable , 20 October 2017, 4-7 pm
New Hall Curator Eliza Gluckman, artist Elena Cologni, Professor Susan Buckingham and Dr Jenny Bavidge discuss motherhood, place, dialogic art and ecofeminism. This will address the ‘caring’ role devalued in neo-liberal societies, and the spatial dimension of dialogue as inter-corporeal space of micropolitics. The event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2017
During a residency at the Margaret Lowenfeld Library, Centre for Family Research University of Cambridge, to devise a strategy for engagement, artist Elena Cologni developed a nomadic and dialogic sculpture inspired by the Margaret Lowenfeld’s Mosaic Test box and related book (1954). The prop was used in a series of encounters in the city over the period of a year under the umbrella project Seeds of Attachment.
The exhibition … And Encounter (18 October 2017 – 7 January 2018) marks the conclusion of the project in the UK, and includes the sculpture, together with traces of the process in the form of drawings, collages, and constructions.
While Cologni set out to investigate the emotional, psycho-geographical condition of motherhood, the work also highlighted the crucial role of non-linguistic forms of dialogue at the core of processes of identity construction, and in relation to place.
Many thanks to Prof Susan Golombok Director Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, and Dr Robbie Duschinsky Head of the Applied Social Science Group, University of Cambridge, who supported and advised on the scientific aspect of the project. Thanks to the participants for having entrusted the artist with their invaluable input.
‘Seeds of Attachment’ is funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.
It was supported by Art Language Location, Anglia Ruskin University; Lowenfeld Library, Centre for Family Research University of Cambridge; New Hall Collection at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge; Eleanor Glanville Research Centre, University of Lincoln.