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Non-Human Sense: a workshop with Louise Mackenzie and Tiago Moreira

Sunday 21 August 2022 NewBridge Books

Artist Louise Mackenzie and sociologist, Tiago Moreira lead a sensory walk through Ouseburn using senses beyond sight.

Sunday 21 August

1 pm – 3 pm  

Meet at NewBridge Books, Ground Floor, The Shieldfield Centre

Join Louise and Tiago for a sensory-walk through Ouseburn where we will use senses other than sight to ask how perceiving the microbial content of a space changes the way we experience it. Using deep listening, field recording and imaginative sensing strategies drawn from the work of Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, we will attempt to find new ways to experience the microbial fields that surround us but that we barely comprehend.

About Habit, Ability!

Habit, Ability! is an exhibition with events exploring ways to learn from and ‘be in’ nature. Come to The Newbridge Project, Shieldfield, Newcastle to see survival strategies found in landscapes that are considered uninhabitable by humans.

Seeing survival in these places through long and continuous engagement is a strategy against the common attitude to conquer and extract from nature.

Habit, Ability! begins by looking at Intertidal mud flats, peat bogs, the arctic circle, and the ocean. For humans, encountering these landscapes is challenging. Some of these places are protected by legislation – prohibiting or limiting human access for their preservation, or they are protected areas of scientific study.

The exhibition then turns to look at NewBridge and its new home in Shieldfield, Newcastle, having moved in 2021. Works in the exhibition assess NewBridge and its the environmental impact of the organisation on its surrounding spaces and at large.

For the full programme and more information on the exhibition, visit the exhibition page.


The NewBridge Project is accessible. You can find out more here, or feel free to contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

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