Blossoming Bodies (II): 3-part radio show by OSE Associate Aliaskar Abarkas


JUNE 2023

Myrrha, being transformed into the myrrh tree, gives birth to Adonis. Engraving by M. Faulte

A three-part radio show created by OSE Associate Aliaskar Abarkas that invites a series of guest speakers to explore different fictional and factual instances of metamorphosis – where human bodies turn to plants – and asks what are the catalysts that accelerate this transformation? 

Blossoming Bodies features guest speakers Michael Marder, Emanuele Coccia & Elvia Wilk.


OSE Public Programme 2022-23

This event is held as part of Open School East’s 2022-23 Associate-led Public Programme. This year’s Associate-led Public Programme responds to themes of social & ecological hybridity, as set out in the Associate’s first term curriculum entitled When The World Looks Back At You: about storytelling, ecology and the weird led by artist Saelia Aparicio. Through explorations of the voice, the body and sensitive connections with natural and man-made networks that unite the world around us, the Associate-led Public Programme looks to and explores creativity and collectivity in green spaces.

This year we’re excited to announce our partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme. 

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Turner Contemporarys work extends beyond showcasing world-class exhibitions, to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Since it opened, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 3.8 million visits, put over £70million back into the Kent economy and connected with thousands of people from the local community through our world class programme. 

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