Permacultures #13-16: The Really Wild Show Residencies

Nathan Witt /// Julia Tcharfas /// Robin Bale /// Shelley Parker

Robin BaleShelley ParkerJulia Tcharfas and Nathan Witt were selected from the open call for the last round of PERMACULTURES residencies.

Borrowing the title from the 1990’s children’s television show, The Really Wild Show sets out a loose framework of ‘wildness’ and its existence in spite of or resulting from technological industry with the residency artists exploring 'wildness' in contemporary technological culture.

This is not only the wildness of the urban fox thriving off our wasted fried chicken or the explosion of marine life around the waste outfall pipes from Dungeness B. It is celebrities in the jungle and faked wild polar bear births. It is urban Blue Tits performing an ‘avian rap’ or “Ballard’s perverse (but tender) ecology of petrol, blood, semen, crumpled metal” (Sinclair, I, 2010, in introduction to The Unofficial Countryside by Mabey,R, 1972). And whilst we dream of a separate romantic wilderness, it is more and more apparent that nature and technology are not diametrically opposed but evolving together as part of a greater ecology. 

The Really Wild Show
Sat 14 July 2012, 12 noon til late
All events are free to attend

Come along as The Really Wild Show launches the programme at The White Building, London’s new cultural venue focusing on innovation and creative practice at the intersection of art, technology and sustainability.

The residency artists have programmed a day of free-to-attend talks, events and performances from artists and practicioners, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

The resident artists were selected by Elinor Morgan (Wysing Arts) and Toby Huddlestone (Crate) alongside Jim Prevett and Paul Pieroni from SPACE. 

PERMACULTURES residencies are kindly supported by Arts Council England.