testing ground for art & ecology
20 June, 11.00 – 17.00 hrs

Open studio: Heather Barnett & Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Part of School for MultiSpecies Knowledges

Join us for the third gathering of our public series of the School for Multispecies Knowledges. Through participatory, embodied, sensorial activities in the park we will challenge the possibility of tuning into its multispecies communities. Together with artists Heather Barnett and Budhaditya Chattopadhyay we will explore artistic and activist tactics.

The public series invites everyone interested to join experimentations of the program and conversations with its cohort of the School’s participants. The program takes place in the Orangerie in the Amstelpark which is used by Zone2Source as an open Park Studio and now the headquarters of the School, but will be focused on outdoor explorations. Tickets for full day participation including lunch is €15. Registration will be available through Eventbrite as soon as possible.


11.00-11.15 Welcome

Heather will share some recent multispecies encounters from the studio, the lab and the field and invite us to shift perspectives in how we perceive and interact with our surroundings and the many forms of life sharing our habitat.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.30 Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Budhaditya organises a co-listening workshop series in which participants explore situated affective engagement via plurivocal listening and grounded sound practices contributing to a current social need for solidarity, inter-connectivity, more-than-human and multispecies knowledge and community building. The workshop is built on listening individually as sonic meditation for capacity building, and listening together as practicing social cohesion, empathy, care as well as knowledge exchange.

16.30-17.00 Closure and drinks


Heather Barnett

Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator working with living systems and imaging technologies. Her work explores how we observe, influence and understand multi-species ecosystems, with recent work centred around nonhuman intelligence, collective behaviour and experimental systems for co-enquiry. Heather is Pathway Leader on the MA Art and Science and Convenor of the Art & Living Systems Lab at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), a Visiting Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and founding member of The Slime Mould Collective.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is een in India geboren mediakunstenaar, onderzoeker en schrijver. Hij promoveerde in Sound Studies en Artistic Research aan de Academy of Creative and Performing Arts van de Universiteit Leiden, Nederland, en hij behaalde een MA in New Media aan de Universiteit van Aarhus, Denemarken. Chattopadhyay werkt met verschillende media, zoals geluid, tekst en bewegend beeld, en gebruikt verschillende technologieën zoals sensoren, AI en Machine Learning. Hij produceert grootschalige installaties en live performances waarin urgente kwesties aan de orde worden gesteld, zoals de klimaatcrisis, menselijk ingrijpen in het milieu en de ecologie, migratie, ras en dekolonisatie.