The Body-Forest Programme (Spike Island Gallery, 2022)


The Body-Forest was a programme of engagement devised and curated by Jack in 2022 at Spike Island Gallery in Bristol. 


The programme explored how thinking of the body as an interconnected ecosystem rather than as a machine – a metaphor developed under capitalism – might shift the way we think about our human connection to the world.

Drawing on the work of biologists Pierre Sonigo and Shrese, among others, the Body-Forest included participatory workshops, discussions, reading groups, a summer school with young people from Hartcliffe in South Bristol that took place in Leigh Woods {see the podcast and zine below}; the publication of Jack's hybrid chapbook of interspecies intimacies URTH and more.

The programme interrogated how the concept of the Body-Forest might de-centre the human, and change the way we think about time, language, desire and community in an age of overlapping social and ecological crises.

Click here for the digital zineClick here for the podcast

You can access the full archive of the programme via the Spike Island website by clicking here.

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