Close encounters with the Threptikon

1 Oct 2015 – 4 Oct 2015

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Five Years

England, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: Bethnal Green
  • Train: Cambridge Heath

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A symposia around the soul of Plants and us


Introducing the Symposium 

Esther Planas at 6.30pm


Thursday 1 October  


7pm Federico Campagna performative philosophy talk 


Beyond Technic and Nihilism


How reality dissolved into nihilism, and nihilism developed into Technic. How frenzy became catatonia. How antiquity can save the future.


Federico Campagna Is an Italian anarchist and author who writes on a range of subjects including anti-work, individualist anarchism and radical atheism. In 2009, Campagna began collaboration with Franco Berardi, whose reader he is editing.Campagna's first book, The Last Night: Anti-Work, Atheism, Adventure, was published in 2013 by Zero Books. Campagna also regularly publishes online on Through Europe, a multilingual website including works from a range of contemporary writers.


Website, http://federicocampagna.eu

Through Europe, http://th-rough.eu/writers/federico-campagna

Campagna, Federico (2013) The Last Night: Anti-Work, Atheism, Adventure, London: Zero Books

Through Europe http://th-rough.eu/


8pm opening /drinks and dance with plants 



Friday 2 October


To confirm a series of interventions and playing of records films etc etc plus photocopy actions.


Behind the X / Tuesday 029 

Behind the X is a publication research studio, living classroom, and collaborative platform where curiosity and relationships serve as inspiration in the pursuits of cultural production through publishing artists’ Publications and printed ephemera.


Publication Studio London (poster) Raven Row, 6 February

:ndex Art Book Fair, Zona Maco, Mexico City, 4–8 February

Praise of Laziness, Trade Gallery, Nottingham, 1 November–13 December

:ndex Art Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico, 27 November–1 December

3LW, Rochelle School, 22 November

Los Angeles 2019, Edge of Human, 13–20 November

Performance as Publishing presents: NY Art Book Fair, MoMA Ps1, New York

Bookplates for The Wysing Grange Farmhouse Library, 13 September–ongoing

Asymmetric Dance Class at Vitrine, 5–27 September

Behind the X at: Space Time: The Future Wysing Arts Centre, 30 August





Saturday 3 October


1pm  Live You tube screening of Michael Marder talking about his philosophy of plants.

Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, working in the fields of phenomenology, environmental philosophy, and political thought. http://www.michaelmarder.org/




2pm Accelerated Workshop live via Skipe with artist José Jimenez Ortiz : Vegetales and Morphogenetics 

Observing the structure of a vegetal analysing different aspects of morphology, body and its traces : its algorithm, fractal and evolution. 

José Jiménez Ortiz (Torreón, 1980)

Studied sociology at UAdeC. His work has been shown in museums in Mexico, Brazil, USA, Finland, Germany, Spain and Holland. He represented Mexico at the VII Mercosul Biennale in Brazil. He has received grants from the FONCA Program for young creators in 2008, 2010 and 2013; from the Bancomer-MACG Contemporary art program in 2010; from the FONCA-CONACYT program for residencies abroad in 2011; from the residencies program of the Kunstiftung Baden Württemberg in 2012; the program for the support of production and research in art in media from the CNA-Centro Multimedia in 2012; and the residencies program from Ars Flora+Natura in Colombia in 2015. He has held a production residency at the Museo Experimental El Eco (México, 2010); at the Kunstiftung Baden Württember (Germany, 2012); and the Volusian Institute of Pataphysics and Psychogeographycs Arts (Brazil, 2012). He is columnist at the newspaper Milenio, winner on two ocassions of the Cultural Journalism Prize. He is the autor of “Algorithms, fear and social change”, book edited in 2014 by CONACULTA and the UNAM.


4pm  Performance Lecture by Esther Planas and screenings of a series of field recordings/ sound and moving image, about sensing plants and  recording their messages and movements. Esther Planas, Barcelona, 1960. Lives in London. Studied Contemporary Dance at The London Contemporary Dance School(The Place) London, El Institut del Teatre Barcelona and at Area Spai de Dansa, Barcelona between 1978/1996.Published V.O. magazine,1984 /5 Barcelona/Spain.Founder Member of artist cooperative Five Years, London 1998/2015 Member Scientific Committee at Eme3 Architecture Festival Barcelona 2011/2015 Currently doing a Masters in Research (MRes on Theory of Art and Philosophy) at Central Saint Martins .Awarded The Trask Foundation Bursary 2014/2015 Member of the 2014/15 LUX Critical Forum hosted at LUX, Artist Moving Image, London. Nominated for the 20th Paul Hamlyn Foundation Art Awards 2014 Selected for: 8 Performance Festival of Cali, Helena Producciones, Cali, Colombia 2012Selected for: BCNProducció/10 Barcelona 2010 http://www.estherplanas.com                                 http://threptikon.tumblr.com/


Sunday 4 October

3pm Open conversation with MRes  Art,Theory and Philosophy year2 on issues around Soul and Spirit and the Threptikon. http://talkingasaction.tumblr.com/

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Exhibiting artists

Esther Planas


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