BThe film 'On Aristotle as a biologist' was commissioned for the collection of the D'Arcy Thompson Museum of Zoology. D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson was a Victoria polymath, a Scottish biologist, mathematician and classics scholar. The first to get the UK government to start using fishing quotas following his research on fish stocks along the Scottish coast. He translated Aristotle in this film, quotes from which are read by the Museum curator. He wrote 'On Growth and Form', exploring the mathematics of biology. This book influenced generations of biologists, anthropologists, architects and artists. The film explores the museum collection and was shown in exhibitions in Dundee and Edinborough. It was funded by the Art Fund’s RENEW scheme in 2013.
Images courtesy of Chris jackson
Norwich Edible East art science trail July 21- March 22
- Sculptor Chris Jackson has prepared the first site for a sculpture at Hungate Art, he has fixed a sculpture support into the niche above the doorway so art can be fixed without damaging the beautiful listed building. All the wood he has used so far for his sculpture models and for these fixings has been retrieved out of skips.
- John Innes Centre is inspiring local artists with the science of food security - date change for next meeting. The historic breeding of brassicas has led to so the production many different veg, the cauliflower is an unripe bud, if I remember rightly.
- We have two retail units under discussion which we plan to use for art installations about forest gardens and microbiome gardens. These installations will use supporting structures that we are planning to use for another event, see below.
- You can now follow news at #Edible East, @jenniepedley on Instagram/Facebook or here on my blog. There are resources available for artists involved on You Tube and Facebook and soon on google drive.
Forest garden image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, image on the right by Jennie Pedley
'Edible England' Heritage Days
- We are exploring the possibility of an Edible East Edible England four day festival/exhibition in Norwich to place the future of food in the context of the past. This will be an installation and public engagement activities to gather local stories and create dialogue. It could include a 3D, theatrical, wonderland display mixing art & horticulture.
I may be using some shadow theatre for the public to tell their own food growing/making stories.
- We will draw on local stories of food, thanks to Sophie Cabot from Hungate Art for speaking to the artists today about food and archeology.
- Gressenhall Museum shared fabulous resources on the history of food growing to inspire artists via a recorded conversation and some pdfs of searches of their databases. They started with a fabulous collection of seed packets/pockets and seed catalogues from local businesses.
- Strangers Hall will follow with a recorded chat about their food stories.
Community Forest Food Gardens
- We are now planning the first of the community forest food gardens in Norwich. See picture explaining the layers of the forest garden.