Radical Arcadia: Cross-Art Forms Exhibition Paddy Bloomer & Jasmin Marker 3 October - 13 October 2019 Launch: Thursday 3 October 2019, 7-10pm Special Events: Saturday 5 October 2019 TBC Radical Arcadia is an interdisciplinary and off-site project of Catalyst Arts, that investigates and questions the idea of Arcadia as the poetic shaped space of harmonious living between human and nature. It aims to spark dialogue that falls into topics in art, science, anthropology and architecture, rethinking about our ecological relationships with our spatial environment. The project consists of a new cross-art form commission by artists Paddy Bloomer and Jasmin Marker, works on paper through an open call responding to the exhibition theme, and audio session featuring David Shrigley’s Goat Music (please refer to another simultaneous Facebook events). 'Architecture occurs at the meeting of interior and exterior forces of use and space,' as Robert Venturi wrote. This cross-art forms exhibition explores the material and structural awareness of the tension between the need for human habitation against catastrophic natural forces, and the protection of nature's ecological mechanism. Radical Arcadia reflects on the contradiction between our pastoral visions and morals, and the rationality in actualising these ideals. Radical Arcadia opens on the same weekend as the 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Kindly supported by British Council NI and Culture Ireland. -- Paddy Bloomer is a Belfast-based artist and inventor who works with building typologies, structures and components which are drawn from everyday values as a process to understand and subvert permacultural principles. This includes exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal, Health and Safety legislation and public infrastructures. In response to Lisbon Architecture Triennale: Taking the Country's Side, Paddy revisits ideas from his previous innovative structural projects 'Barn' and 'Deployable Crannog'. Jasmin Marker is a Belfast-based, German-born interdisciplinary artist working at cross-sections of bio-art, installation and [mostly non-human] performance. She often collaborates with members of the microbial kingdoms, exploring holistic approaches to sustainability. In this exhibition at Zaratan Arte Contemporânea, Jasmin uses Algae as a case study to investigate the concept 'Homo Economicus'. Her work encourages viewing human and non-human existence and relations with equal footing, speculating a world that neutralises our resistance to 'natural threats' and cohabitation with 'invasive species' .