Fiona MacDonald is an artist and researcher who works with human and nonhuman beings as Feral Practice to create art projects and interdisciplinary events that develop ethical and imaginative connection across species boundaries. Often people set up a divide between human and nonhuman being, and between different categories of knowledge and understanding. Feral Practice aims to converse across these barriers. Their research draws on artistic, scientific and subjective knowledge practices to explore diverse aesthetics and create suggestive spaces of not knowing nature.
Recent projects iclude: Artist in Residence at National Trust Dunham Massey 2020-21. The Unseeables, a film commissioned by Scarborough Museums Trust. Ask Somerset’s Plants, radio broadcasts on BBC Somerset and podcasts for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019, with Marcus Coates. Phytocentric, a performance at LUX London, 2019. Mycorrhizal Meditation, a participatory sound work, presented as a digital installation at Taipei Biennale, Governors Island, NYC, Bánkitó Fesztivál, Hungary, Radical Mycology Conference USA, Furtherfield Gallery London, and as live performance at The Bluecoat and UNESCO Paris, 2017-19. Plant Hunting, exhibition and events responding to the botanical pursuits of Cook’s Endeavour voyage, commissioned by Invisible Dust for Whitby in 2018. Ask the Wild with Marcus Coates, at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate St Ives, Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale and the Ash Project, and the South London Botanical Institute 2017-18. Foxing, 2017: exhibition and public commission, PEER London. Wood to World, 2015-16: exhibition and events, London and Kent.
Image: Fiona MacDonald: Feral Practice. Photo credit Invisible Dust.