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Rocky Climates

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Rocky Climates is a research network of artists brought together around shared interest in the precarities found in human encounters with geology.

The network was initiated in summer of 2021 in a series of Zoom meetings; ‘Conversations with rocks’, hosted by participating artists and researchers from rocky environments. The meetings tested a form of remote fieldwork, where we used Zoom as a portal to connect sensorially and materially to the different locations, creating space for experimenting together, thinking and making with the environments and with each other.

Organisers: Rebecca Birch, Sarah Casey, Jen Southern.

Currently participating are: Ellie Barratt, Gudrun Filipska, Anthony Hall, Fritha Jenkins, Simone Kenyon, Paula Kolar, Signe Liden, Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright), Sarah Simblet, Dominic Smith, Rob Smith, Emma Stibbon, Nina Wakeford and Joanna Taylor,

We are currently working towards funding further network activity, and welcome new participants. The network and new funding applications are structured to enable salaried researchers to work alongside precariously employed or self-employed artists on equal and fair terms.

Initial activity has been supported by LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) at Lancaster University

Effective start/end date1/06/21 → …


  • Rock Up!

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition/Concert

Research outputs

  • Erratic

    Research output: Exhibits, objects and web-based outputsPerformance

  • Rocky Futures

    Research output: Exhibits, objects and web-based outputsExhibition