[NetBehaviour] Climate Emergency Art Exhibition and Divinatory Making

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 13 05:41:52 CEST 2019

Hi Jake,

I recently found a nice old copy of the I Ching while on vacation near Donner Pass.  Just read a bit of it, and Jung's 1950 foreword.  Very interesting.

It seems like the I Ching might compare to stone circles, labyrinths, or medicine wheels, which we enter into to obtain "replies" from a consistent and simple yet non-causal structure which functions something like a speaking subject in real time.  Hence, elicitation or as you described "divination."

Jung asked the I Ching what it thought of the I Ching, and got the answer of Caldron.  Then he wrote an interpretation of Caldron.  Then he asked the I Ching what it thought of what he wrote, and got two answers: Abyss and Well.

Thanks again for interesting material, and best of luck with the events!


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Hi Jake,

I like the divinatory idea and agree it relates to computation and Artificial Intelligence by way of algorithms.  Also relevant to Aesthetic Intelligence and Natural Intelligence, if those are things, which I think they are.  Divination also includes very interesting associations to Buddhism, which Liebniz studied and processed in part via the I Ching.  Tarot applies, and helps form a circle with Eliot's "The Waste Land."


(internet search reference "liebniz i ching wikipedia.")

James Austin's first book, 1979's Chase, Chance, and Creativity is very interesting on randomness and spontaneous insight arriving in non-determinative contexts which contain non-determinative but sufficiently consistent and germane elements.  (Austin's well-known 1998 work Zen and the Brain was pivotal in the neuroscientific study of meditation and mindfulness, which now even Parliament has taken up as a priority.)  David Bohm's On Dialogue also discusses how non-determinative information flows in network settings can yield spontaneous insights and information-creation.  Both sound a lot like art, consciousness, and intelligence to me, and pre-eminent resources for planetary sustainability and restoration.

The events sound fascinating, thanks for sharing!


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Subject: [NetBehaviour] Climate Emergency Art Exhibition and Divinatory Making

Access Space has two events coming up next week, Pseudo Random, a workshop on Tuesday (£5 a place)
led by artist Hestia Peppe who will take you on a journey through divinatory reading and making, and on Friday,
the opening of On The Surface Of Things, an art exhibition with 24 contributing artists with the themes of the
environment and climate emergency, together with a large scale film projection on the front of Access Space's
building showing the film work of 17 international artists.


Divinatory reading and making: a neurodivergent workshop
with our Artist in Residence, Hestia Peppe

Exploring divinatory, oracular and speculative approaches to reading and
making in relation to neurodiversity.
Tuesday 17th September, 12 noon-5pm at Access Space.

Divination is the name given to the ways in which people have, throughout history, sought answers to questions
for which they otherwise unable to determine an answer.
Common forms of divination are pendulum dowsing, tarot card reading, palm reading, and the I Ching.
Artists, writers, readers, and makers are invited to come together to explore the potential of working with the mistakes,
troubles, and mysteries of process rather than against them. We will examine ideas such as debugging, hacking and
self diagnosis in relation to divination.

Hestia Peppé is a neuro-atypical artist, researcher and writer, working on a PhD concerned with divination as an
expanded practice of speculative reading, at Sheffield Hallam University. In July this year she was Access Space
Artist in Residence.

This afternoon workshop will introduce the ancient and resurgent practice of divination in relation to the computational
application of pseudo-randomness in contemporary technology. Together we will try out some divinatory gestures
and methods and investigate what can open up in process whenwe do not attach significance to outcomes or mastery.
We will consider the challenges presented by divination to goal directed assumptions about making in relation to the
emerging paradigm of neurodiversity, which through the self-diagnosis and self-advocacy of neuro-atypical people
seeks to understand and support 'all kinds of minds'.
Neurodiversity is understood to be intersectional with existing movements in disability,decolonisation, anti-racism,
anti-fascism, feminism, climate justice, and LGBTQIA and worker solidarity.

Workshop places are £5
Book a place here:
Info: jake at access-space.org<mailto:jake at access-space.org>

On The Surface Of Things

This exhibition is the first of a series of events at Access Space over the coming year which invite artists to respond to
the extraordinary contemporary circumstances.

On The Surface Of Things is an exhibition of artworks that relate to our environment, either through our dependency
on it, our relationship to it, our interactions with it, or our experiences of it. It is an action affiliated with
Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, in response to the declaration from Sheffield City Council of a climate emergency.

Exhibition Opening Event - Friday 20th September 2019, 7-10pm
With large scale film projection on the front exterior of our building.
Short films by:
AsproZingel, Kayla Parker & Stuart Moore, Joshua Evan & Antonis Sideras,
Alessandro Carboni, Lorraine Clewlow, Matteo Zamagn,
alittlepieceofland.org.uk<http://alittlepieceofland.org.uk>, Dan Shipsides, Andrew Payne,
Eva Rudlinger, D-Fuse, Nichola Rodgers, Richard Bond,
Isabella Martin, Amy Wilson.

Exhibition Open 21st Sept to 4th Oct (Tue-Sat) 11am-6pm
Exhibiting artists:
Krishna Alageswaran, Lizzie Alageswaran,
Annie Anthony-Mays, Anthony Bennett,
John Brokenshire, Daniel Bustamente,
Stephen Carley, Claire Jane Carter,
Jennifer Clowes, Krystal Collison,
Cath Dunn, Alex Ekins, Paul Evans,
Gill Gathercole, Ellie Harrison, Rachael Kidd,
Tessa Amy Lyons, Anne Parfitt, Julia Parks,
Sadie Renwick, Katherine Rhodes, Dan Shipsides,
Ric Warren.

Closing Party
Friday 4th October starting at
Access Space at 6pm
(followed by fundraiser for Extinction
Rebellion at venue tbc)

Exhibition curated by Sadie Renwick, Rachael Kidd & Access Space.
More info email jake at access-space.org<mailto:jake at access-space.org>


The arts programme at Access Space is funded with public money by the National Lottery through
Arts Council England



All the best

Jake Harries, Director of Arts and Innovation
www.access-space.org<http://www.access-space.org>  +44(0)114 249 5522
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3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG, UK
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