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Seducing Spiders

An evening of talks, experiments and music exploring methods of seducing spiders.

An evening of talks, experiments and music exploring methods of seducing spiders, hosted by artist Eleanor Morgan in collaboration with Entomologist Peter Smithers and experimental musicians Oort (Richard Guest, Zali Krishna, Ellen McGee and Mark Pilkington). We will investigate spider courtship and mating, spiders' attraction to music, and the history of spider silk spinning machines. The evening will include a rare screening of the 1966 spider documentary 'Walk into the Parlour', directed by Gerald Thompson.

Everyone is welcome, but places are limited, so please email e@eleanormorgan.com if you would like to attend. There will be a charge of £3 at the door. Nearest tubes: Holborn and Russell Square. Buses: 59, 68, 91, 168,188.

'He began anew to give a concert to these animals, who seemed to come every day in greater numbers, as though they had invited others, so that in the course of time he found a hundred gather about him'.
Histoire de la Musique et de ses Effect, p321

'Seducing Spiders' is in conjunction with Eleanor Morgan's exhibition 'A Natural History of Desire' at Camberwell College of Art, 29th September - 30th October. See www.camberwell.arts.ac.uk/foyerspace

Image: Spider spinning machine 2002, Eleanor Morgan (etching, 2008)


Eleanor Morgan | talks
Dr Peter Smithers | talks
Mark Pilkington | talks | www
Richard Guest | talks
Zali Krishna | talks
Ellen McGee | talks


Date and Time:

28 October 2008 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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