back to where we have not quite been: Conference

28 November 2015, 2.00 PM - 28 November 2015, 6.00 PM

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

A one-day conference exploring notions of resilience developed by artists, isik knutsdotter of Fourthland.

Arnolfini present a one-day conference developed by artists isik knutsdotter of Fourthland as part of back to where we have not quite been, a four day event at Arnolfini. Through a series of talks and presentations from collaborators involved in the project, this event will explore ideas around the notion of resilience

The gathering will present an alternative format of knowledge exchange across fields of research, with contributors including psychoanalysts, researchers, storytellers, scientists and a group of elders. 

back to where we have not quite been is a four day event staged at Arnolfini which brings together sculpture, performance, song, and workshops. Find out more about back to where we have not quite been here.

Bookings via Arnolfini box office on Office +44 (0)117 917 2300

Conference schedule


isik.knutsdotter and Cabot Institute, performance and conversation


Sarah Deco, group analyst, psychotherapist and storyteller

Story 'the invisible beings of land and sea'


Resilient refreshments 


The Passing screening

Screening of public performance and group discussion with performance participants 


Sarah Deco, group analyst, psychotherapist and storyteller

Story 'the invisible beings of land and sea'




Ben Cranfield, Director of PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies Birkbeck University

Shared activity and conversation

5:30pm - 5:45pm

Sarah Deco, group analyst, psychotherapist and storyteller

Story  'the invisible beings of land and sea'

5:45 - 6pm

Closing thoughts

Contact information


Fourthland is a London-based art practice that explores themes across anthropology, myth and social architecture through a series of participatory and performative projects. Their work, with a focus on ‘acts of care’ and ‘handheld knowledge’, uses traditional craft and performance to interrupt public and private space to form new ways of communing across cultures and disciplines.


Mother sponge by Fourthland

Mother sponge Fourthland

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