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How To Sleep Faster Journal Launch: Empathetic Earth
WED 15 FEB 2023
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The cover image of a publication depicting an orange mooon over a landscape

Carl Gent, Futurologie, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and Arcadia Missa Publications. 

Join us for a panel discussion to launch the 13th edition of How To Sleep Faster Journal. Speakers include writer and researcher Giulia Smith, curator and artist Angela YT Chan, artist Phoebe Collings-James, and artist and director of Well Projects Kris Lock.

Published by Arcadia Missa, each issue of How To Sleep Faster centres loosely on a theme – previous examples include “No Future” and “Collapse”. This issue’s theme is “Empathetic Earth”. As concerns about the climate crisis grow in urgency like fungus growing on your bedroom wall, the journal invites contributors to speculate on empathy as a route out of this emergency.


Dr Giulia Smith is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Ruskin School of Art and Worcester College, University of Oxford (2019–2022). Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art (2018–2019) and the Getty Research Institute (2016–2017), having received her PhD from the History of Art Department at UCL in 2016.

Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist specialising in climate change. Her work examines power in relation to the inequity of climate change, through self-archiving, rethinking geographies and speculative fiction. Her recent research-art commissions span climate framings, water scarcity and conflict, and has held residencies with Arts Catalyst, FACT/Jerwood Arts’ Digital Fellowship and Sonic Acts. Angela has produced curatorial projects and workshops as Worm: art + ecology (2014–2021), and continues to collaborate with artists, activists and youth groups under her own name. She co-directs the London Science Fiction Research Community and is a visiting lecturer at art schools. Angela is also a research consultant, having worked in international climate and cultural policy and on climate and sustainability projects for major cultural institutions.

Phoebe Collings-James is a sculptor grown in London, her work has tentacles that reach symbiotically across mediums including ceramics, video and sound in order to explore the poetics and emotional detritus of violence, language and desire. Recent works have existed at Camden Art Centre, Studio Museum Harlem, Palais de Tokyo, Arcadia Missa and Wysing Arts Centre, as well as artist led projects and low key interventions.

Kris Lock looks to the extraterrestrial imaginaries of watery places and microcosmic geographies, from container ships and hydroponics farms to islands and ponds, as places of peculiar harmonies and dissonances. The fabric of these places bend under the relativities of the agents that populate them, like marbles on a spandex sheet. Kris works through painting, animation and writing. Kris is also a founding director of Well Projects where he curates programmes of ecologically focused exhibitions, events and publications.


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