Underground is still the place of choice to hide things. Dense matter may protect you from the dangers of space like gamma rays or Solar storms but it also covers a multitude of intentions, good or bad from eyes, from radar, from the sensors of unwanted enquiry. It is as if the open air, the massless space has degraded the human spirit, and only the heated, concentrated unlit force of life below is pure and transformative. Reversing the roles of Hades, of Hell and digestive Christian burials, underground is now hope: the true Pandora’s box. Underground is where it all begins.
The surface is just a précis — three dimensions into two — of hidden volumes, or an anchor to those leaps into the spaces, brief and unsupported, of astronauts and twinkling satellites. What are spaceships but sections of tunnel? What are rockets but the burrowing machinery excavating pathways in the fabric of time and space? When we go to planets we will burrow underground again to survive, root ourselves into that aboriginal volume where past and future time combine into the energy of motion.*
Harnessing the Pisces, water and earth energy within the group, we launch Feral Kin shortly after a new moon eclipse in Pisces conjunct Neptune with the aim of taking advantage of the artistic benefits this brings.
Feral Kin brings together artists to collectively uncover new forms of work, support and exchange. Posed as a collaborative expedition, Feral Kin will seek out possibilities in dark spaces not often uncovered, hidden potentials to be exploited and protected, and new alliances in our visible world and beyond. Resisting the lure of ambivalence Feral Kin sets out a new schema of values with survival and nurture at its heart. Taking a lead from symbiotic ecosystems, esoteric tools and the importance of group work, Feral Kin will occupy and grow within the Auto Italia space through a shifting set of proposals, some hidden and some in plain sight.
Feral Kin is the most recent outcome of the On Coping project, a programme of work, a network of artists and a range of public presentations that has travelled from South Africa to Copenhagen, Liverpool to Bologna, and Birmingham to – most recently – Finland. A project with many previous forms, On Coping now takes on a new guise as Feral Kin in London: becoming a new provocation, a chance to re-assess strategies available to us, and an opportunity to claim space for collectivity. Through embracing an open-ended episodic format, On Coping has proved a way to form new creative alliances between an ever-growing and often disparate group of artists.
Feral Kin features contributions from Marleen Boschen, Celiac Girl (a.k.a. Ahmi Kim), Ruth Angel Edwards, Marianne Forrest, Edward Gillman, Caspar Heinemann, Billy Howard Price, Andrew Kennedy, Louisa Martin, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Emily Pope, Charles Pryor, Beatrice Loft Schulz and Laura Morrison (with contribution from Onyeka Igwe), Erica Scourti, The Empath Group, Holly White.
*text adapted from Andrew Kennedy, ‘A Chronolith Collaboration’
Events as part of Feral Kin:
- A screening of Emily Pope’s Episode 2: Shoplifting – This episode is about multiplicities of inconsequential stealing; low level shoplifting, ‘borrowing’ anecdotes, bootlegging song lyrics, and filming people in secret. My friends are still playing my friends, but this time – they don’t know that they are doing it. Which says something about complicity of the actress in the four women formula on screen – so – I’m hanging onto that conceptual thread.
- The Kinship of Personality – Everyone knows the standard responses to the questions of time travel: the grandfather paradox, the problem of a circular influence having no beginning, and so on. If we delve into these problems and paradoxes more deeply, however, we can glimpse an underlying reality that unites and explains them? Cosmologist Andrew Kennedy and Billy Howard Price discusses a new set of ideas from their collaboration Chronolith™ Foundation, and Andrews new book ‘The Cosmology of People, and the Time Travel Solution’.
- The Empath Group – Coping Mechanisms – Initiated by Leah Clements in 2015 and based at Res., the Empath Group has been meeting regularly to discuss empathy. Each meeting is given a topic to talk about in relation to empathy – we talk about what it might mean to be an empath, the role of empathy in society and its presence or absence on both a personal level and wider scale. This event is an open discussion and workshop for sharing, accompanied by a specially developed tea for Empaths.
- I’m Not Thick – I’m Just Busy! An Evening of Ambivalent Debauchery hosted by GOT 2 B RADIO – Got 2 B is a radio serial, presented by Emily Pope and Ruth Angel Edwards, artists who explore the over-proliferation of populist conversation and music through collaborative sound-work. GOT 2 B Radio are hosting the closing party for Feral Kin and launching a new online platform where all of their radio shows will be available for download as podcasts.