Sat 05 Dec
Margate Science Festival / Deep Time
In partnership with Super/Collider
About this event
In Partnership with Super/Collider. The first Margate Science Festival event will focus on the concept of Deep Time. We will hear from Robert Macfarlane, Timothy Morton and Flora Bowden.
Join us on 05 December from 4.30 — 7pm for a taster of super/collider’s Margate Science Festival, in partnership with Faith In Strangers.
During the event, we would like visitors to consider the ecological deep time history of Margate and the surrounding areas. The chalk cliffs of Margate were built up by ocean sediment over many thousands of years. As we walk along the cliffside, we view a physical manifestation of layers of compressed time.
Within this event we will consider how thinking on a “deep time” scale can alter our perception of our environment. Can long term thinking help us to make better decisions that allow us to value and care for our environment?
4.30pm — Introduction by super/collider and talk by Flora Bowden
5pm — Talk by Timothy Morton & Q+A
6pm — Robert Macfarlane and Flora Bowden In Conversation, Q+A
Robert MacFarlane will be in conversation with Flora Bowden. Macfarlane will also read from his new book Underland: A Deep Time Journey, published in May 2019. Hailed as “the great nature writer of this generation” (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Underland, Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times.
Timothy Morton will discuss deep time in context of a number of his texts, including “Dark Ecology: For A Logic of Future Coexistence” and “Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People”.
Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He has collaborated with Björk, Jennifer Walshe, Jeff Bridges, Olafur Eliasson, and Pharrell Williams. He co-wrote and appears in Living in the Future’s Past, a 2018 film about global warming with Jeff Bridges. He is the author of Being Ecological (Penguin, 2018), Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (Verso, 2017), Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 200 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. His work has been translated into 10 languages. In 2014, Morton gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory.
Flora Bowden is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art who works across printmaking, painting and sculpture. Her work draws on a broad range of research including scientific history, archaeology, digital archives and museology. It is concerned with the multiple temporalities of the image, with the interplay of various pasts and presents in the space of the image, and with the questions of vulnerability, openness and suggestibility that they raise.
Her work has been exhibited at galleries including at GroundWork Gallery and APT Gallery among others, and she has taught at institutions including The Royal College of Art, Rice University and Gothenburg University.
About Faith In Strangers
Faith in Strangers’ provide a platform for a diverse range of contributors who will create a cultural programme that includes music, film, immersive performance, installations, experimental/digital, academic talks, food & drink, workshops and more. Faith In Strangers is a multi-use space in Margate, housing arts and cultural events, as well as a shared workspace for creative individuals.
Founded in 2006, super/collider is an independent agency based in Margate (UK) and Toronto (CA), working in and with people from the creative industries, we explore science from a pop cultural standpoint – bringing its wonders to new audiences through events, expeditions, books and content.
This event is curated by Louise Beer and Melanie King.
If you are unable to pay, please send us an email and we can allocate a free ticket to you.
Ticket sales for this event go towards the running costs of super/collider.
***This event will be accessed online. We will send you the viewing link on the day of the event. ***
- 3:30 PM
- Broadcast Starts
- 6:00 PM
- Broadcast Ends
How to attend
The broadcast link will be sent via email