Saturday 21 October 2023

Alertism - Julia Rose Lewis

Welcome to the Alertism exhibition, featuring artistic and literary works that were inspired by the Emergency Alert test message that was sent to people with a mobile device on Sunday 23rd April at 3pm.

And breathe! Today we take a pause to consider a message that unfolds more slowly than some we've read during the exhibition, and we're appreciating it, after 10 days of being on full alert here at CollectConnect HQ. Julia Rose Lewis asks us to be alert, to awaken our senses, to be aware of the environment around us. We have had the pleasure of exhibiting Julia's artwork before at the Art of Caring and her subject matter for Alertism is one of our favourites too, trees. Julia's First Responder is Natalie Low, who sent out her own alert earlier in the exhibition. Read them both below.

First Responder: Natalie Low

yes okay 

i will do what i think you are asking me to

go out from the house and into the dark

stand barefoot in the grass

feel your face, tear-tracked and memory-stained

regard the new stars

and wait until i hear


Julia Rose Lewis is a writer and academic. Her research draws on her background in the natural sciences, philosophy of science, and medicine in order to create experimental and hybrid works. She is interested in digital and face-to-face collaborative projects. She has written or performed with poets, scientists, and chefs in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has published two full length collections, Phenomenology of the Feral (KFS Press) and Strays (co-author James Miller, HVTN Press). As well as a number of excellent chapbooks and pamphlets.


Natalie Low is a creative knitter, stitcher and quilter. She lives in London, UK with her charming family. She has published two chapbooks Dementia (2015) and School Run (2017).

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