Artists Talk: Sunday 21 Oct at 4pm to 5.30pm
£5/3, booking essential
Ndiritu took the radical decision in 2012 to only to spend time in the city when necessary, and to otherwise live in rural, alternative and often spiritual communities and has taken her to both Thai and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, permaculture communities in New Zealand, forest tree dwellers in Argentina, neo-tribal festivals such the 'Burning Man' in Nevada, a Hare Krishna ashram and the 'Findhorn' New Age community in Scotland. Her research into community life has so far resulted in the founding of The Ark: Center For Interdisciplinary Experimentation.— an artistic model for creating an off-grid community within an urban setting; one for the post-internet age and which she will discuss in her talk at Arts Catalyst.
Reading Group: Monday, 22 October, at 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Free, booking essential
Join Grace Ndiritu for a seminar-style discussion on intersections of hippie counterculture and radical leftist activism. The conversation will begin with a discussion of Simon Sadler's text "Mandalas or Raised Fists? Hippie Holism, Panther Totality, and Another Modernism" (PDF link below) which unpacks California’s Bay Area 60s activist scene and the overlaps and distinctions between the Black Panthers and the activism that ermerged around the Whole Earth Catalog, a hippie almanac published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972. The discussion will be punctuated by short silent meditation breaks led by the artist.
Please read the text linked below before the reading group.
These events are a preview for The Ark Historical Archive exhibition at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool opening in spring 2019.
They form part of the programme for the Bloomsbury Festival 2018.