How can art help us navigate through times of crisis such as these and create space for us to reconnect with the planet and each other? This is the key question explored by the Somerset House Studios’ community in their ‘Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy’ series, which launched online earlier this month.
With new commissions, films, workshops and conversations, accomplished artistic and scientific minds ask audiences to consider how a healthier, more progressive future may be achieved collectively in the age of the pandemic.
Highlights include the new podcast from internationally acclaimed Timur Si-Qin, which explores how the health of the individual is fundamentally tied to that of the natural world and invites reflection on a ‘spirituality of symbiosis’ as explored in his ‘New Peace’ project. In a similar vein, interconnectedness between humans and the environment takes the form of a live lecture by curator Nella Aarne, who asks us to consider what it means to live as part of one collective body.
A double film bill from Ana Vaz is accompanied by a blog post featuring a Q&A with this award-winning director. Elsewhere, written word and video are combined in Laura Grace Ford and Sam William’s commission, which focuses on the relationship between the city and the body in a time of heightened isolation.
Vastly different approaches include Tabita Rezaire’s audio-visual guide to the ancient African healing practice of Kemetic yoga, while Rebecca Jagoe leads an embroidery workshop inspired by the Western medieval practice of textual amulets, and combines meditation on the power of words and the impact of language on both the self and the wider community.
From the physical and spiritual to societal and environmental, this must-see programme forms a brilliant exploration of individual and collective wellbeing.
‘Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy’ runs until 2 March 2021, and it’s free of charge.
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