Biorama


Biorama2 official announcement
June 4, 2009, 1:00 pm
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Time and Place:

Presentations:
June 25th Peak Cavern, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WS
11am to 9pm

Workshops:
June 24th and 26th, University of Huddersfield
(more information to follow)

Mission Statement:
Biorama2 will explore the biology of the underground through the notion of ‘umwelt’ developed by Jakob von Uexküll (1864 – 1944) and its influence on the development of biosemiotics by Thomas Sebeok (1920 – 2001).

Using the underground of caves and mines and the organic life they contain as a form of parallel terrestrial biology, we develop a ‘parallel science’ through the study of extreme and/or ‘removed lifeforms’ and through the science of astrobiology. Biorama II will explore a rich contextual and conceptual background against which to investigate some of the outer (or inner) limits of terrestrial biology and strategies for life. Framing itself as a platform for exploring these and related imaginaries – via literary luminaries, various heretics and other visionaries of the underworld and the potential of life (immanent, alien, emergent and other) Biorama2 will stage a series of discussions, workshops and expeditions which will serve to examine how organisms living independently of sunlight develop a sensory and informatic relationship with their strange environments.

Speakers:
Oron Catts – artist and director of Symbiotica
Agnes Meyer-Brandis – artist
Ulla Taipale – curator of Capsula
Graham Proudlove – cave biologist from BCRA
Paul Humphreys – microbiologist
Anthony Hall – artist
Andy Gracie – artist

Sound performance from Joe Gilmore

Workshops:
Related worskhops will take place at the University of Huddersfield on 24th and 26th June. These workshops will involve the collection of biological samples from mine and cave environments and their further investigation via microscopy and bioelectronic interfaces in the laboratory.
The workshop is limited to 12 places and reservation is essential.

Additional info:
To book your place or request additional information, please e-mail Tie Doepel at t.doepel@hud.ac.uk. Travel to Peak Cavern in Derbyshire from the Huddersfield University Campus will be provided although early booking is essential as places are limited.

The cave, Peak Cavern or the Devil’s Arse depending on preference, is a 15 minute walk from Castleton centre. Walking boots are not essential but reasonably sturdy footwear will be. Leave the high heels at home ladies and gentlemen.

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