Cultivation Field

Cultivation Field Exhibition is at 42 Market Place, Reading and The Keep, 571 Oxford Road from the 8th – 22nd June 2012.


Cultivation Field – Postgraduate Symposium 28th September 2011 University of Reading

The premise for this Symposium is that cultivation is leading to new art practices deserving of critical inquiry and articulation. Whether in the garden or allotment, the soup kitchen or the road, on wasteland or the tower block, or wherever there are cracks in the system, cultivation provokes questions about human being’s relation to and encounter with the earth and its growth systems and operations. The purpose of this Symposium is to encourage discursive exchange and productive encounter between art practitioners and researchers whose work explores plant-based material, land use, growth, ecosystems, economy, taxonomy, environment, power and chaos in the field of cultivation.


  • 10.30am – 11.00am: Arrival and Registration
  • 11.00am – 11.10am: Welcome, Housekeeping and Outline of Event
  • 11.10am – 11.40am: Gayle Chong Kwan – Invisible Twinning
  • 11.40am – 12.10pm: Rosalie Kim – Ruining a Ruin
  • 12.10pm – 12.40pm: brook & black – The Fermenting Room: return of the rhizome
  • 12.40pm – 13.00pm: Fritz Haeg – Edible Estates – Lenape, New York (film, 23mins)
  • 13.00pm – 14.00pm: Lunch The Graduate School, Old Whiteknights House
  • 14.00pm – 14.10pm: Pil and Galia Kollectiv – Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet (film, 7mins)
  • 14.10pm – 14.40pm: Kenna Hernly – FIELDCLUB – The Interactive Meaty Master
  • 14.40pm – 15.10pm: Amy Cutler – Peter Larkin Leave’s of a Field and British Woodland
  • 15.10pm – 15.40pm: Janette Porter – Field Based Works
  • 15.40pm – 16.00pm: Tea and Coffee – The Green Room
  • 16.00pm – 16.30pm: Shelley Campbell – Compost Mentis: Gardening and a Freudian Aesthetic
  • 16.30pm – 17.00pm: Rachael Champion – The Mechanical Nature
  • 17.00pm – 17.25pm: Adi Gelbart – Vermin (film, 23mins)
  • 17.25pm – 18.00pm: Discussion and Conclusion

All papers/presentations are 20 minutes in duration followed by 10 minutes question times unless stated. Chair is Kate Corder.

As part of The Cultivation Field Symposium, more film works will be shown in the Minghella Building Atrium on monitors: Stih & SchnockORBIT (in the Green Room), Fritz Hage, Edible Estates, London and LA, and Pil & Galia Kollectiv Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet.

Location: The Minghella Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6UR

The deadline for registration is: 23 September 2011.

This Symposium is organised by Kate Corder with help from the Department of Art and Department of Film, Theatre and Television.

© Copyright Kate Corder