Feral Creative Practices

A CreaTures-curated track @Uroboros Festival 2021

The CreaTures are excited to partner with the Uroboros Festival 2021 and organise a festival track on Feral Creative Practices ūüźĚūü¶†ūüĆ≤.

Feral: experimental, more-than-human, foraged & rummaged, regenerative, edible & compostable, un-following recipes, down-to-earth, slimy, rural & miscellaneous, forgotten, made invisible, stray but not lost, wilfully wild.

The Feral Creative Practices track proposes embodied, sensory-rich design and art experiments at the scale of our bodies as a starting point for co-creative inquiry into large-scale social and ecological issues. Leveraging everyday materials like soil, compost, edibles and microbial cultures, these craft-full more-than-human experiments can be both mundane and surprising; grounding and exhilarating. All of them involve our bodies as familiar ‚Äėplaces‚Äô from where processes of thinking, imagining, reflection and action commonly unfold.¬†

Grounded in embodied and situated ideation, these experiments can serve as a relatable entry point for co-creative explorations of larger societal issues that are hard to grasp. The Feral track is committed to a speculative, open-ended mode of exchange, and does not aspire to provoke immediate solutions to any of these issues. Rather, it seeks to help unfold new social imaginaries and ‚Äėarouse an appetite for what might be possible‚Äô (Haraway, 2011), as the first humble step in supporting transformative change towards futures in which all creatures can flourish.

The Feral track will present three experimental projects: the Cyano Automaton by Agnieszka Pokrywka; the Nocturne by Isabel Beavers and the CreaTures Glossary by Amira Hanafi. Collateral events, including the workshop on Feral Ways of Knowing and Transformation, the More-Than-Human Dérive experiment by Ana Tiquia, Jaz Choi & Kate Geck, and the Feral discussion panel are currently in the making. More information on these events will follow soon.

The Uroboros festival¬†is a hybrid experimental inquiry into the transformative potential of design research and practice. The festival‚Äôs main theme¬†Designing in Troubling Times¬†is inspired by the ambiguous symbol of Uroboros ‚Äď a serpent devouring itself and changing its form in an eternal cycle of re-creation, using its own body as fuel. The circular and cyclical Uroboros captures the ambiguity of present technologies and designs for the troubling and troubled times that we are living in. The serpent represents the mythological origins of all our technological promises about eternal returns and the search for utopia. Asking what design can do to support positive change, the festival explores the cyclical processes of design imagination, innovation, failure and return.