|12 Nov 2007||All day||Kettle's Yard|
Symposium at Kettle's Yard on Monday 12 November 2007, 10am-5pm
- Marcus Coates (Artist)
- Clive Adams (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter)
- Tony Juniper (Executive Director, Friends of the Earth)
- Leon Bennun (Director of Science, Policy and Information, Birdlife International)
- Stuart Butchart (Global Species Programme Co-ordinator, Birdlife International)
- John Fanshawe (Head of Strategic Development, Birdlife International)
- Helen McDonald (Junior Research Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge)
- Jamie Shovelin (Artist)
- Andrew Whitehouse (Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, University of Aberdeen)
Historically, human cultures have valued birds both for their flesh and feathers and for their symbolic power. Their newest role in human history is as indicators of environmental change.
Coinciding with the first major UK exhibition of the work of Henrik Håkansson at Kettle's Yard, this one-day symposium will take this Artist's work about endangered birds, and the issues raised by the show, as its point of departure. Discussion will delve into the cultural and ecological contexts of our conflicted relationship with nature and the significance of birds in the collective imaginary.
There will also be a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds at the Arts Picture House following the Symposium.