Slime: That Hinterland Substance, This Material of the Moment

Kristensen, J C. 2019. 'Slime: That Hinterland Substance, This Material of the Moment'. In: The Urgency of the Arts Lecture Series. Royal College of Art, United Kingdom 30 October 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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As an invited speaker in the Royal College of Art's lecture series The Urgency of the Arts, convened by the School of Art and Humanities, I delivered a performance lecture in which I explored my engagement with and research process through slime and slimey matters, weaving personal narrative and experience with philosophical readings and historical analysis.

In this exploration, I work through a set of ideas about slime being both of and not-of the moment and propose some answers to the question of what the object lesson of slime might be in and to our contemporary age. Through these workings, I position slime's prevalence in contemporary mass-pop culture as an urgent call towards other ways of political being and doing, both individually and collectively.

The attached video is the first fifteen minutes of the talk where I set the stage for my explorations and begin to unpick slime as it appears in my research.

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Slime, Performance Lecture, Materialisms, Feminist Materialism, Ectoplasm, Toxic Waste, Sartre, Object Oriented Ontology

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30 October 2019Completed
30 October 2019Accepted

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Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

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30 October 2019

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18 Nov 2019 15:42

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02 Mar 2023 11:08


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