1 - 31 Jul 2017
Urban Antibodies is a long-term research project that imagines the city as a living organism, looking at sites of toxicity and vulnerability, healing and care - with a focus on plant knowledge and medicine. The project will explore specific sites to investigate histories of industrial pharmaceutical companies in relation to local plant knowledge, and the role of women in the development of scientific knowledge. During her time at ZKU, Rebecca will be researching into the development of pharmaceutical drugs based on plants, and sites connected to the collection, categorisation and processing of plant material. She will develop participatory workshops to explore plant stories - from locally gathered herbs, to the exploration and import of ‘exotic’ plants through the era of European colonialism and the development of botany as a discipline.
The Urban Antibodies research phase is supported through a grant from Arts Council England.
Rebecca Beinart an artist, educator and curator based in Nottingham, UK. An ongoing engagement with community, ecology, knowledge-making and the politics of public space runs through her practice. She makes sculpture, installation and performance, stages events in public places, and convenes public platforms for dialogue. Her projects involve long term engagement with site and evolve through cross-disciplinary collaborative research. Recent projects include workshops for the 'Unearthing Season' at Queen's House, Greenwich (2017), 'Jerwood Open Forest' exhibition at Jerwood Space, London (2016), 'Imagined Geographies' (with Katy Beinart), a commission for the National Trust at Biddulph Grange Gardens (2015), the 'Bureau of Urban Wilds', a commission for UP Projects (2013-14) and 'Recreation Ground' (2013), an exhibition curated by Wasteland Twinning Nottingham. In 2016 she was shortlisted for Jerwood Open Forest (Jerwood Charitable Foundation & Forestry Commission England). Alongside her freelance work, artist, she works as the Engagement Curator at Primary, an artist-led space in Nottingham, running a public programme of commissions, workshops and events.