Matthew Beach is Geographer-In-Residence at Phytology throughout 2018. He is researching the historical, material, and caring geographies rooted within its participatory art projects. Specifically, the medicinal garden and bat habitat projects — as embodied case studies of the growing interdisciplinary discourse around caring in a more-than-human world.
Matthew’s research will ask ‘What is the role of participatory art in the enactment of more-than-human caring relationships?’
During the 2018 programme Matthew is undertaking archival and historical research, employing an ethological practice observing bat and plant ecology, and participating within Phytology’s interconnected web of human-nonhuman relationships in order to answer these questions.
Matthew is a Geography MA candidate at Queen Mary, University of London and a research and teaching fellow within the printmaking department at City and Guilds of London Art School. Matthew received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of the Arts, University of Florida, and Master of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Commencing October 2018 he will be a PhD candidate in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London exploring the materialities embedded within practices of producing and consuming gelatine and collagen peptides.