Project Details


This TECHNE-funded Conflux 'How Like a Leaf’: Art, Nature and World will bring together TECHNE students from across the humanities to assess, adapt and develop interdisciplinary approaches to the relationships between art, nature and world, with the assistance of world-renowned practitioners and theorists. The phrase ‘how like a leaf’ is taken from the work of Donna Haraway, a thinker who is interested not only in the shared ‘molecular architecture’ of plants and animals, but also in the history of cross-species relations and the variety of tools and discourses with which we have addressed and represented these relations, as well as in the possibility of an aesthetics which bridges between human and nonhuman.

The Conflux aims:
- to examine the relationship between aesthetic theories of nature and twenty-first century artistic practice.
- to consider the ways in which historical accounts of the relationships between art, nature and world might be re-purposed to address the contemporary world.
- to provide a space, in the form of workshops, roundtables and an exhibition, in which these conversations between artistic products and aesthetic theories will reach a wider audience.

The Conflux will run from June 2018 - June 2020 and will consist of four themes: Encountering; Writing; Performing and Thinking. It is organised by: Danielle Sands (Royal Holloway), Nick Foxton (Kingston), Adeline Johns-Putra (Surrey), Lucy Mercer (Royal Holloway), Flora Parrott (Royal Holloway), Sara Upstone (Kingston), Daniel Whistler (Royal Holloway) and Libby Worth (Royal Holloway).
Effective start/end date20/06/1920/06/20