How many are we in this city? How many entangled worlds of human and nonhuman lives, of pasts, presents and futures? Created by Paul Hurley as part of an artist’s residency at the University of Bristol’s Temple Quarter, We Are Not A Single Species sets out to explore such questions, to tease out some of the tangled threads connecting different worlds to a new university campus in the city.
In collaboration with film maker Paul Samuel White, Hurley used a dog-mounted camera to document institutional and marginal geographies of the city, and a soundtrack of conversational dérives conducted with humans and nonhumans. The result is a new multiscreen installation that operates on a disruptive serendipity reflecting the layers of conversation and experience accumulated in articulating the worlds of the Temple Quarter. Resisting nostalgic or corporatised narratives about development, it instead opens up a space in which to consider the interconnected and interspecies territories in which we exist.
We Are Not a Single Species is open 11am-6pm 20-21stSeptember 2019
SPACE gallery, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0BH
Humans and non-humans very welcome