As Above, So Below with Ignota


Friday 21st April - Saturday 22nd April

Science Gallery, London

A celebration of the life and work of Lynn Margulis and the publication of Gaia and Philosophy by Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis.

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW draws inspiration from microbiologist Lynn Margulis’ creative scientific vision to illuminate the interconnectedness of life, from microbial to planetary bodies. Taking place in the context of the climate emergency and coinciding with the publication of Gaia and Philosophy by Margulis and Dorion Sagan (Ignota, 2023), the programme explores the importance of Gaia theory — not only for understanding the emergence of past life and interconnectedness of human and other-than-human existence today, but to ask what possibilities Gaia offers for shaping our future.

The full programme of interdisciplinary talks, film screenings, poetry, AR and workshops will be announced soon.

FILM SCREENING: Friday 21 April, 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Saturday 22 April, 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Gaia: The Story of Science  |  Speakers: Daisy Hildyard, and more TBC  |  Chair: Gaia Vince

This event is curated by Sarah Shin, co-founder of Ignota Books, in collaboration with Gaia Art Foundation and Science Gallery London. Media Partner: Tank

Register for this event via Eventbrite here.

Friday 21 April , 19:00 - 21:30


Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution

Symbiotic Earth explores the life and ideas of scientific rebel Lynn Margulis, who challenged entrenched theories of male-dominated science and caused a seismic shift in our understanding of life. Divided into ten discrete essays, the film explores how her vision of a symbiotic planet offers bold insights into health, society and nature, and inspires creative approaches to our pressing environmental and social crises.

Director: John Feldman, 2017, 2h 27m

Saturday 22 April, 11:00 - 19:00


Gaia: The Story of Science

Speakers: Daisy Hildyard, and more TBC

Chair: Gaia Vince

Gaia theory has inspired scientific and cultural narratives that highlight the interdependence of humans and the natural world. Drawing on biology, environmental science, climate and histories and languages of science, the panellists will explore Gaia theory as a form of scientific storytelling that weaves together different disciplines and connects them to a profound narrative about the Earth's history and future. What is the role of science in society? And how can storytelling help us understand complex ideas and systems?

Gaia Today

Speakers: Sougwen Chung, Lucia Pietroiusti, and more TBC

Chair: Gary Zhexi Zhang

What are the legacies and utilities of Gaia theory within today's art, culture, technology, and society? In this panel discussion, artists, technologists, curators and scientists reflect on the influence of Gaia theory on contemporary ideas about and practices of collaboration, mutualism and sustainability. What new models of living can be developed that prioritise ecological stewardship and economic redistribution? How do Gaian ideas, such as autopoiesis and symbiosis support human and other-than-human creativity and explorations of consciousness?


Polymorphic Microbe Bodies

Multisensory somatic workshop with Erin Robinsong and Hanna Sybille Müller

An ‘individual’ is a fiction: we are more like a planet, composed of ecosystems, inhabitants and relationships. Humans are hosting organisms: over fifty percent of the cells in our bodies are not human but microbial. Bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi together form ‘our’ body. What does it mean to be a multispecies community? Rooted in somatics, this multisensory workshop will invite participants into the microbial communities in their bodies guided by language, sound, smell and taste.

Please note this workshop will have limited capacity. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration on Eventbrite DOES NOT guarantee entry to the workshop.

It will be essential to bring your headphones and a handset to access the audio file via a QR code. We recommend you wear something warm and comfortable that you can relax in!