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Ways of Knowing: Imagining Other Futures

Ways of Knowing is a programme of art and ideas bringing us into dialogue with alternative ways of thinking about our relationship to the world. Through an emerging and inter-connected programme of live events and digital projects which centre otherwise peripheral knowledges, Ways of Knowing questions what we can know and how we can come to know it. 

The programme offers a spectrum of approaches to key themes that are essential to contemporary society, culture and politics. Through the programme, Whitechapel Gallery invites you to explore new ways of listening to and learning from ideas and environments in non-linear ways. 

Over time, the programme will identify emergent ideas and research, by asking questions and inviting new perspectives, projects and partners. Together we can question the knowledges we are privileging, consider what we are overlooking, and propose ways to multiply our centres. 

Through an artist-focused programme of talks, films, seminars, workshops, performances and online projects, Whitechapel Gallery’s new thematic public programme, Ways of Knowing: Imagining Other Futures, commences in summer 2021 with Water/Fluidity and continues in autumn 2021 with Earth/Matter. 

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Water/Fluidity
April – July 2021

This series of events invites artists and thinkers to investigate contemporary fluidities and new imaginations of water, at a moment when our human relationship to it is arguably at its most strained.

Online Projects

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Important Books: Stanley Schtinter

May 2021 – May 2022

Updated weekly on Mondays over a year, Important Books presents the first comprehensive sonic history of the manifesto in art and politics, crucially read aloud by children – those who will shape the artistic, social and political realms in years to come.

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ancestors of the blue moon: Himali Singh Soin

Ongoing

A series of texts by our Writer in Residence (2020-2021) on research into her namesake, the Himalayas, its animistic rituals and remedies, its mystical geometries, old new materialism and spirit realism.

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The Word for Water is Whale: Zadie Xa

Ongoing

The Word for Water is Whale explores the interconnectedness of memory, travel and knowledge transmission via deep listening required to further understand our world and those with whom we share it.