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Synthetic Ecology: Midnight Notes

2 September 2017

Synthetic Ecology

This summer we’re delighted to welcome back Synthetic Ecology (SE) as our artist in residence. SE will explore and interrogate the conceptual framework of the nighttime in our urgent eco-political crisis; seeking new pathways for adjusting our eyes and making sense of the dark.

Using research based from the radical US journal Midnight Notes and histories of cinema, SE will examine the night in reflection to crisis capitalism and use ONCA as an improvised space for artist development & collaborative learning. SE artists taking part in the residency include Sam Williams, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Lydia Heath, George Harding, Korallia Stergides, Kris Lock and Jo Sweeney.

Midnight Notes // Saturday 2 September, 11:30am – 11pm FREE

Join the artists for a day & night of free workshops, talks, film screenings, performance and sound art curated by SE founder Lou Lou Sainsbury; exploring the night through sonic wandering, unexpected encounters, non-human meetings and ventures into the unknown. With a selection of established and emerging artists.

DAY PROGRAMME // Workshops
11:30am to 12pm
Introduction to Midnight Notes
12pm to 1:30pm
Nocturne – Ensiferan Variations
A vocal workshop led by Justin Grize
2pm to 3pm
House of the Setting Sun
A lecture & presentation led by Jack Walsh
3:15pm to 4.30pm
Excavating the Dark Web
A workshop, guided live tour & discussion on the dark web by Kris Lock & Jo Sweeney
NIGHT PROGRAMME // Video, Performance & Sound Art
Doors at 7:45pm
8pm to 11pm
Screenings and performances
Including work from Ruby Bateman // Bethany Crawford // Karel Doing // George Harding // Kris Lock // Lou Lou Sainsbury // Holly Shoesmith // Korallia Stergides // Jeph Vanger // Dana Venezia // Sam Williams


Synthetic Ecology (SE) is a free artist-run research platform devoted to screening artists’ moving image and developing collaborative & experimental learning spaces, founded in 2017 by Lou Lou Sainsbury.

Image: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mike Nichols (1958)


2 September 2017
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