Saturday 30 May 2009, 6.00pm until 10.00pm


We’re going up the river.
That’s the idea.
We’re going to drag that
ship over the mountain.”

An evening of conversations outlining the notion of the impossible, Surmount brings together explorers, social scientists, artists and cultural theorists; combining contemporary thoughts with the ideas of early expeditions.

Surmount is based on a performative re-enactment of the moment of surmounting an obstacle. In the context of undiscovered territories: to go further, the performative act becomes a symbol for surmounting the insurmountable and a gesture of the impossibility to disrupt the impossible.
This event takes inspiration from the film Fitzcarraldo (W.Herzog 1982) and from R.F.Scott’s Terra Nova (1910-1913) and E.Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic (1914-1917) Expedition.

round table participants include:
Cristobal Bianchi, (Poet/ Artist)
Gregor Claude, (Cultural Theorist)
Douglas Fishbone, (Artist)
Chris Humphrey, (Travel Writer/ Worldbank Consultant)
Madoka Kumashiro, (Social Psychologist)
Cliff Pereira, Geographer, (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
Nick Pope, (UFO Investigator)
Emma Ridgway, (Curator, Royal Society of Arts)
Karen Russo, (Artist)
Axel Stockburger, (Artist/Theorist)