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The Globalisation of Plants

Workshop and Panel Discussion led by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes

4.30 – 8pm
Saturday 6 October 2018

Slavs and Tatars, Dunjas, Donyas, Dinias, 2012, fibreglass, steel, 52 × 30 × 25 cm. Installation view at CAC, Vilnius, 2017. Photo Andrej Vasilenko

An afternoon of botanic interactionson the ecological realities of travelling plants and the emotional reactions that vegetal migration provokes in zealous circles. Why do distinctions made between native and invasive plant species often mirror, evoke or amplify hostile attitudes to human migrants? How have artists and writers sought to unearth the entangled natural and cultural histories that overlay societal attitudes towards the mobility of the plant world? Should ecologically-beneficial visitors be treated as welcome guests rather than alien intruders? And in the light of anthropogenic climate change, is it incumbent on us to make space for vegetal refugees from native environments that are turning hostile?


16.30 Workshop with Maja and Reuben Fowkes Participation is free, but numbers are limited, please book here.

18.30 Panel Discussion with Michael Smythe (artist and creative director of Nomad Projects), Eiko Honda (curator and researcher Oxford University), Maja and Reuben Fowkes (curators and art historians, Translocal Institute), with a delegated intervention by Cooking Sections (artists Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe). Free attendance, no booking necessary.


Michael Smythe is an artist and creative director of Nomad Projects (, a vehicle for action-based research within the public realm. Recent projects include Urban Mind ( exploring the relationship between mental health & the urban landscape and Phytology ( an urban medicine garden and cultural institute for inter-disciplinary research across the arts, sciences and humanities.

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organise the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics.

Eiko Honda is a PhD researcher in transnational intellectual history, writer and curator. Her academic work investigates non-Cartesian intellectual and cultural histories of nature in Europe and Japan and their relevance to the creative practice of knowledge today.She previously worked as a curator and writer of contemporary art and ideas that conjoins arts and sciences in the context of global history.



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