Corridor8 is working in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Museum for the AHRC-funded project ‘Thinking Through Extinction’. A writer-in-residence will work closely with commissioned artist Laurence Payot to develop a piece of writing that responds critically and/or creatively to the project’s concepts and themes.
‘Thinking Through Extinction’ explores how mass extinction is encountered in public spaces. From fossil displays to taxidermy, there is a long history of representation of individual species extinctions in museums. But to what extent are these representational and curatorial techniques changing in a time of increasing public awareness of mass extinction? Based at the University of Leeds, and in partnership with Corridor8 and Manchester Museum, the project investigates what people think, imagine and believe about extinction, focusing in particular on how museums and galleries shape such engagements.
Liverpool-based artist Laurence Payot has been commissioned to create new work that she is currently developing with a group of creative collaborators. A series of online workshops will be held in June and July, inviting members of the public from a range of demographics. Based on these and other conversations, final works will be shown online and at Manchester Museum, which in addition to its extensive collections, currently explores closely related themes via its exhibitions ‘Heritage Futures’ and ‘Beauty and the Beasts’. There will be a live public or digital launch planned for October 2020.
Due to Covid-19, it is likely that the writing residency will take place entirely online, with the possible exception of a public launch.