Geopower (& spatial self-organisation against injustice in Sheffield), a performative walk

Join us in South Yorkshire for a performative walk around the post-extraction landscape of Orgreave and Treeton.

"[G]eopower has no outside, no ‘place’ or ‘time’ before or beyond it: it is the force, the forces, of the earth itself: forces which we as technical humans have tried to organise, render consistent and predictable, but which we can never fully accomplish insofar as the earth remains the literal ground and condition for every human, and non-human, action." (“An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz: Geopower, Inhumanism and the Biopolitical)” - Theory, Culture and Society, 2017
 
On the fringes of Sheffield there is an active and ongoing energy for diverse forms of spatial self-organisation as resistance to forms of injustice, particularly in relation to shale gas fracking and the struggles of local coal-mining communities. 35 years after the 'Battle of Orgreave', campaigners are still organising for justice, while the vast topology of the former colliery is now starting to be reinscribed through new housing and leisure developments. 
 
As part of Arts Catalyst’s new strand of programme Recentring Attention, artist duo ; a place, of their own. will lead a performative walk around the post-extraction landscape of Orgreave and Treeton. Join us for an afternoon exploration of the ecologically diverse and newly politicised territories of the former Orgreave Colliery and hear from activists who have been self-organising anti-fracking protest camps, as well as from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
 
During the afternoon, there will be a live art performance by Damien Fisher, a local artist who is part of the LGBTQ community in support of the miners campaign. A collective conversation with local fracking and coal-mining activists will draw together different groups and networks, situating the conversation beyond the city centre towards the boundary between Sheffield and Rotherham. 
 
This event is free but booking is essential via eventbrite. The meeting point for the walk is on Orgreave Lane, on the bridge opposite the Old Orgreave Colliery, exact location here. Please note that this is a walking event. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any accessibility requirements or would like to learn more by emailing admin@artscatalyst.org.
 
RECENTRING ATTENTION
 
Recentring Attention is Arts Catalyst’s new strand of programme that informs the first phase of its relocation to Sheffield.  
 
Building on the knowledge and relationships that we have begun to form within the city, this exploratory journey begins in September 2019 with a series of public workshops, deep mapping sessions, talks and informal gatherings across Sheffield with artists, scientists, architects, urbanists, sociologists and anthropologists. The programme also offers an opportunity to explore what the process of creating an institution can be and to reimagine what the role of the institution can be. A collaborative process of listening and learning from and with the city, Recentring Attention offers a creative, public space for transdisciplinary exchange and conversation within Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire communities.
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
 
; a place, of their own. is an experimental contemporary art and spatial practice, conceived by artist duo Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy, that investigates contemporary conditions and create new spaces, imaginaries and subjectivities. Based in Sheffield, UK and Ballyshannon, Ireland, together they make performances, spatial interventions and audio-visual art and research. Their projects explore the transformative potential of art and spatial practice to suggest other worlds yet to become.