Fiona MacDonald works with human and nonhuman beings as Feral Practice to create art projects and interdisciplinary events that develop ethical and imaginative connection across species boundaries. Their research draws on artistic, scientific and subjective knowledge practices to explore diverse aesthetics and create suggestive spaces of not knowing nature.
Recent projects include: The Unseeables, a film commissioned by Scarborough Museums Trust 2020. Myco-Lective an artist collective education programme with Chisenhale Studios 2020. Garden to Garden, a film and participation project with Invisible Dust and South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough 2020. Eye Catchers at National Trust Dunham Massey 2020-21. Ask Somerset’s Plants, radio broadcasts on BBC Somerset and podcasts for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019, with Marcus Coates. Phytocentric, a performance at LUX London, 2019. Mycorrhizal Meditation, a participatory sound work, presented as a digital installation at Taipei Biennale, Governors Island, NYC, Bánkitó Fesztivál, Hungary, Radical Mycology Conference USA, Furtherfield Gallery London, and as live performance at The Bluecoat and UNESCO Paris, 2017-19. Plant Hunting, exhibition and events responding to the botanical pursuits of Cook’s Endeavour voyage, commissioned by Invisible Dust for Whitby in 2018. Ask the Wild with Marcus Coates, at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate St Ives, Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale and the Ash Project, and the South London Botanical Institute 2017-18.
Sonya Schönberger is a Berlin-based artist who combines her studies in social anthropology and experimental media design in her artistic practice. The tracing of historical themes in connection with individual memories marked by breaks is of particular interest to her. Many of her projects have developed out of different archives, which she either found or created. Over the past ten years, she has for instance built up an archive of interviews with witnesses to World War II from various countries. Archive of Memories, a long-term project, examines the effects of Germany’s World War II traumas for future generations. Schönberger works across different media such as photography, theatre, film, installation and audio formats. Her current interest opened up towards – often violent – relationships between humans and the nature they are depending on. Her research project “Kenyan Roses for the Kingdom” which she developed during her Goethe@LUX residency in London is currently on view at the Kunsthaus Dresden. Sonya is a recipient of a Villa Aurora residency 2022.