Rachel Pimm, Hevea Brasiliensis, from (The Great Exhibition of the Works of) Cash Crops, 2019; courtesy the artist
Leah Clements, Collapse, 2019 (film still), courtesy the artist
Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Multispecies Banquet, 2019; courtesy the artist
Bahar Noorizadeh, After Scarcity (film still), 2018; courtesy the artist
FRAUD, Árbol de Bu-Craa [Tree of Bou-Craa]; research image from Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (Madrid, Spain), courtesy Dr Lino Camprubí

Re-thinking Planetary Practices

Arts Catalyst’s programme is guided by artistic and curatorial research. We are committed to questioning the ways in which knowledge is produced and shared and seek to expand the functions, uses and possibilities of a cultural organisation in times of ongoing structural crisis.

Through transdisciplinary collective inquiries, we want to engage with existing complexities and entanglements that shape social and environmental (in)justices on both a local and planetary scale. Over the next five years, our programme will delve into: climate and environmental justice, infrastructures of health and care, the politics of extraction and migration, and the weaponisation of technology.
These long-term co-inquiries will be articulated through exhibitions, commissions and public programmes, bringing together communities of practices and artists to continually evolve and grow the ways in which we collectively produce knowledge. Artists we will be working with include The Alternative School of Economics, Leah Clements, FRAUD, Regina de Miguel, Bahar Noorizadeh, Other Ways to Care, Rachel Pimm, Luiza Prado de O. Martins and Gary Zhexi Zhang.
Alongside our research, we are developing a lexicon of key terms that acts as a way of introducing and providing clarity for models of artistic and curatorial practice, research, and ways of thinking. To compile a lexicon is never a neutral action: it implies a process of translation, accumulation and extraction of meaning informed by specific experience and intention. Initiated by Arts Catalyst, this lexicon of key terms is a growing resource developed in conversation with and shaped by our programme collaborators, bringing together perspectives from artists, curators, scientists and communities. Key terms related to our research can be found within our research pages, linked in the left-hand panel on this page.