Celsius: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Kairos 2 App Relaunch | Postponed

Josefina Nellimarka, Kairos 2.

In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19 we regret that we have taken the decision to postpone this event. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, please see our website & social media for updates, these will also be shared via our mailing list.

The first event in the Celsius programme is a Panel Discussion and Q&A centred on humanity’s agency in preserving and safeguarding the planet, Antarctica’s role in the earth’s climate system and the importance of scientific legacy to unlock understanding and propose solutions to contemporary global challenges. The panel will be composed by arts professionals as well as scientific experts, with a full list of speakers to be confirmed shortly. Curator Linda Rocco will chair. 

Following the panel discussion, artist Josefina Nelimarkka will share her work Kairos2. Launched at SPACE Art + Technology (London) in March 2019, Kairos 2 AR is an augmented reality app which renders atmospheric motion tangible with interactive technology and real-time data provided by Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) in Finland. The mobile artwork is free to download from any Appstore and allows the human eye to see atmospherical aerosol particles in the surrounding atmosphere. Kairos2 proposes views to the imperceptible worlds that are impossible to grasp directly, merging art, science and atmospheric flux into interactive experiences.

This event is delivered by independent curator and researcher Linda Rocco as part of a wider programme marking 200 years since Antarctica was first sighted. Celsius forms part of Mansions of the Future’s Lincoln Live season and Antarctica In Sight – a UK wide cultural programme of activity supported by the UK Antarctica Heritage Trust. This series of talks, workshops and performance will explore the groundbreaking intersections of arts and STEM subjects with a focus on climate change and the uniquely precarious position of Antarctica in today’s sociopolitical climate. The week long programme will feature contributions from artists Rhine BernadinoLula MebrahtuAidan Moesby and Josefina Nelimarkka.

Linda Rocco is a London-based contemporary art curator, writer and researcher graduated from an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2017. She has curated public events and exhibitions internationally with established small-scale institutions as Delfina Foundation, to warehouse spaces such as Yinka Shonibare’s Studio including the curation of the public sphere for Nine Elms on the South Bank. Linda is the co-founder and director of ‘I’m Here, Where Are You?’ a festival and programme of workshops co-produced with Cambridge Junction. She also co-directs the not-for-profit organisation _inventory platform, which operates globally to engage communities in the urban and rural context through socially engaged art projects. 

Linda regularly works as curator for artists and private galleries, as well as consulting for charities, foundations and public institutions on accessible, inclusive and socially engaged arts; collaboration with STEM subjects as well as participatory and interactive contemporary practices.

This project is part of Mansions of the Future’s Lincoln Live programme March – November 2020 (Season extended in response to COVID-19). Departing from Lincoln’s rich entertainment and theatre history, Lincoln Live features new commissions which exist at the intersections of disciplinary boundaries. The season is a celebration of performative ventures that stand resolutely marginal to both the history of English theatre and the often exclusive, disciplinary rhetoric of contemporary performance art.

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