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Jay Griffiths at PIK

11/15/2013 - The British writer Jay Griffiths is the current “Artist in Residence” at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and will read from her new book “Kith” tonight. Since summer 2011, PIK uses the building of a former photo refractor at Potsdam´s Telegrafenberg as a studio for artists and a meeting place for scientists and artists. Jay Griffiths has been at PIK since October.
Jay Griffiths at PIK

Jay Griffiths is PIK´s current Artist in Residence.

Griffiths studied English Literature at Oxford University and is an award-winning British writer and author of non-fiction works. In several of her works she has engaged in the topic of climate change, gave lectures on the subject and participated in several “Tipping Point”-conferences. While travelling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in indigenous cultures. From communities in West Papua and the Arctic to the ostracised young people of contemporary Britain, she asks why we have enclosed our children in a consumerist cornucopia but denied them the freedoms of space, time and deep play. She uses anthropology, history, philosophy, language and literature to illustrate children’s affinity for the natural world, for animals and woodlands, and examines the quest element of childhood.

Support for artists at PIK is provided in collaboration between the Berlin Artists Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and PIK.

Reading this Friday, November 15, 2013 / 6pm

Telegrafenberg A32 in Potsdam

Free entrance / due to limited seating, please register at 0331 288 2498

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