Horticultural Horology with idlewomen and Ruth Ewan

20th October 2015

Friday 23 October 6.30 - 7.30pm


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Artist Ruth Ewan discusses her recent works which explore alternative historic perceptions and understandings of time, ‘We Could Have Been Anything We Wanted to Be’ for the Folkestone Triennial 2011 and ‘Back to the Fields’ at Camden Arts Centre 2015 which brought to life the decimal clock and the French Republican Calendar.

She joins idle women to share her most recent research into the possibilities of a horologium florae or flower clock as hypothesised by the Swedish Botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1751 which would enable observers to tell the time through tuning into circadian rhythms of specific wild plants.

Ruth Ewan (Aberdeen) lives and works in London. Ewan’s work explores histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today, through engaging with children, historians, traditional crafts people, horticulturalists, archaeologists, musicians and bakers. Recent exhibitions of her work have included Camden Arts Centre, London; Tate Britain and the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, the Glasgow International and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe. www.ruthewan.com

idle women (on the water) is a touring arts centre navigating the Leeds and Liverpool canal in partnership with Super Slow Way. Constantly cruising, the project works with women between Blackburn and Barrowford. Hosting a series of artists-in-residence, workshops & events it provides both a visiting arts venue and an arts resource centre for women.

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