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Performance and Talk: The Abyss of Space

Himali Singh Soin

27/04/16 7:00 pm

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Himali Singh Soin - poetry fragment

Artist and poet Himali Singh Soin‘s performance will lead the audience through the galleries of The Mosaic Rooms, in a specially developed work responding to the current exhibition by Hajra Waheed.

Himali Singh Soin and Jahnavi Phalkey’s performative conversation will lead the audience through the galleries of The Mosaic Rooms, in a specially developed work responding to the current exhibition by Hajra Waheed, going to and fro, mimicking the ship’s sway on water, lost and looking for longitude. In this open and experimental format for dialogue. ideas proposed by the poet and artist who studies space and psuedoscience, and the historian of science, will reverberate through Sea Change as their lines of thought intersect with each other and with the themes of the exhibition. Exploring new materialism as artwork, performance and theory meet live. The exchange navigates diverse epistemologies: Byron’s Cain: A Mystery, Calvino’s Cosmicomics, Martin Rudwick on Earth’s Deep History, and Solnit on the colour blue may just make an appearance.

Himali Singh Soin is an artist and writer whose work is inspired by literature and the planet.  Her work reflects on deep outer space as a place of inferences, entanglements, irrational law, alienation and infinite mystery.  She sees her work as an exploration of alien distances and earthly intimacy, her work also explores nativism, nationality and cultural flight.  Himali Singh Soin’s poetry has appeared in international journals and she is a regular contributor to Art Forum and Bomb magazine.

Jahnavi Phalkey is a historian of science and technology based at King’s College London and author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India (2013). She is interested in history of science as it intersects with political transformations during the twentieth century, especially as it affects laboratory and field practices. At the moment, she is working on a documentary film about the world’s oldest functioning atom-smasher Cyclotron.

Part of Mobile Horizons event series curated by the Tate Modern’s Nada Raza to accompany The Mosaic Rooms’ exhibition Sea Change.

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