A series of salon style events will start in September to further explore issues raised in the exhibition. The salons will reveal profound connections across time and matter, and question the materiality of artefacts within the geopolitical web of contemporary life, and its possible futures.
Salon #1: Navigation. Drawing on research from the Carandini and Saleem Laboratories here at UCL, this salon will explore how we move, how we plan movement, and how we locate ourselves in the world. The metaphor of navigation is then used to explore our collections at UCL, using objects to generate new narratives that challenge our understanding and ask questions about the sustainability and future world. 7 September, 6-8pm, UCL Haldane Room, Gower Street
Salon #2: Animal/Agriculture. This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore the relationship between non-humans, including animals and insects and their impact on the Earth’s eco-system – just what are their rights in relation to their contributions to our survival. This salon features guest speakers Dr Gavin Broad from the Natural History Museum and the UCL Grant’s own curator Paolo Viscardi plus others in a light-take on this topic taking place in 27 October 2016 Grant Museum, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London, WC1E 6DE.
Salon #3 This third salon will explore how heritage and related domains (including nuclear waste management) make futures. How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures project, a large, collaborative international research project led by Professor Rodney Harrison at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. 2 March, 2017 -6.30-8pm venue to be confirmed at UCL- email firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest in attending.