Cultivation Field – 2012

8th 22nd June 2012 The Exhibition was staged at two venues in Reading; 42 Market Place and The Keep, 571 Oxford Road.

Artists at The Keep:
Robyn Appleton, Rebecca Beinart, Camilla Berner, brook & black, Rachael Champion (car park installation), Andrew Dodds, Maria Deegan (21st June), Adi Gelbart, Tom Ingate, Ulrika Jansson, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Gayle Chong Kwan, Sarah Lewison, Stéphanie Nava, Philip Newcombe, Caitlin Parker, Julian Perry, Sneha Solanki, Stih & Schnock, Jo Thomas (gallery & car park), Carly Troncale, Charlie Tweed, Elizabeth Wewiora

Artist at 42 Market Place:
Robyn Appleton, Tom Baskeyfield, Shameela Beeloo, Rob Carter, Fritz Haeg, Maria Hofstadler, Rosalie Kim, Alexandra McGlynn, Raquel Estrada-Nora, Minna Pöllänen, Janette Porter, Jane Cradock-Watson, Elizabeth Wewiora.

Cultivation Field Third Thursday:
Event on 21st June 18:00-21:30 at The Keep, presentations by Sarah Lewison, Alexandra MyGlynn, Charlie Tweed, Sophie Payne-Gifford and Maria Deegan

Presentations by:
Sarah Lewison: “Soil Defense!” work with AND AND AND (featured at Documenta 13 Kassel, Germany), on Monsanto hearings and other cultural practices in defense of soil and diversity. Some experiments and speculative exercises that challenge the hubris of new agricultural technologies that presume humans are able to understand and therefore control life’s complexity.

Alexandra MyGlynn: ‘The lie of the land: we can’t sit around making cups of tea’, which considers the history of agrarianism, self determination and gardening projects.  (Time duration: 10 minutes)

Charlie Tweed: The Isles of Grain, Kent. (Time duration: 7 minutes)

Maria Deegan: Bombus Accessio (performance)

Sophie Payne-Gifford:The Global Challenges to Agriculture: Is it all doom and gloom? Climate change, water security, population stress: Global agriculture has a number of challenges it must meet over the next decades. Sophie will discuss these challenges by reviewing the academic and grey literatures. Sophie is a PhD student focusing on innovation and the regulation of pesticides and is based in the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture.

This Cultivation Field exhibition was supported by Arts Council England, Earley Charity, the Art Department at University of Reading, Jelly, Open Hand Open Space, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Sutton Seeds and Laura’s Organics, with special thanks to Suzanne Stallard and Ingrid Jensen.

Cultivation Field Catalogue
If you would like a printed copy of the Cultivation Field 2012 Exhibition catalogue, then please request using the form on our contact page. The catalogue is printed on recycled paper using vegetable based inks and costs £10 plus postage.