‘Zooetics’ is a word in progress to explore new ways of engaging human knowledge and research with other forms of life and to imagine designs, prototypes and interfaces for future interspecies ecologies. Zooetics encompasses all life from mammals to mollusks to microbes, and addresses the paradigm shift in science, culture and society proposed in the argument of the Anthropocene. It engages with shifts in contemporary understandings of nature.

Zooetics as a platform addresses the site specificity of the Technology University in Kaunas where the campus is historically negotiating its borders with the National Zoo.

Zooetics launched with a series of public keynote lectures in December 2014. There is an evolving online Glossary and Reading Group, open to participation. A series of practice-led research workshops will take place over the next few years. An exhibition and symposium will be held at MIT, Cambridge, US in 2017. A book will be published in 2018. Zooetics eventually will serve as a pilot project leading to the launch of a new research institution in Kaunas in 2018.

Ateities energijos sąskrydis

BY Viktorija Siaulyte
10.09.2017

Praėjusį savaitgalį, rugsėjo 2 d., Jungtinėje Karalystėje, Folkstono mieste atidaryta ketvirtoji Folkstono trienalė. Tai – šiuolaikinio meno viešose erdvėse paroda, besitęsianti iki šių metų lapkričio 5 d. Tarp devyniolika naujų meno kūrinių pasiūliusių menininkų – ir Nacionalinės meno ir kultūros premijos laureatai menininkai Nomeda ir Gediminas Urbonai.

Lewis Biggs kvietimu menininkai senojoje turgaus aikštėje priešais Folkstono miesto rotušę pristatė kūrinį „Folk Stone Power Plant“. Ši instaliacija – tai akmens pavidalo jėgainės modelis, prijungtas prie žibinto, stovinčio keistoje sankirtoje tarp muziejui, rotušei ir miesto savivaldybei priklausančių teritorijų. Šis nė vienai institucijai nepriklausantis ir daugelį metų niekieno neremontuojamas žibintas jau daugelį metų šviečia dieną, o ne naktį. Tokioje keistoje neveiksnumo teritorijoje užstrigęs miesto šviestuvas įkvėpė lietuvių menininkus atrasti sąsajas tarp energijos gamybos ir viešosios erdvės kontrolės.

Kartu su Kauno technologijos universiteto mokslininkų komanda – Kristina Kantminiene, Egidijumi Griškoniu, ir Ilona Jonušoniene bei netoliese Folkstono esančiame Kento universitete dirbančiais medžiagų ir mikologijos mokslų specialistais, vadovaujamais Viktorija Makarovaitės bei Sofia Perez-Villar, Nomeda ir Gediminas Urbonai kūrė atsinaujinančių energijos šaltinių prototipus, galėsiančius aprūpinti Folkstono aikštės šviestuvą reikiama energija. Šios tarpdisciplininės komandos pasirinktas iššūkis – atrasti ir išgauti energiją „bendradarbiaujant“ su kitais gyvaisiais organizmais, t.y. purvo bakterijomis ir grybais. Vienas šių eksperimentų rezultatų – grybų medžiagos baterija – eksponuojama „Folk Stone Power Plant“ instaliacijos viduje.

Parodos atidarymą sekė rugsėjo 3 d. tyrimų platformos „Zooetika“ organizuotas „Ateities energijos sąskrydis“, sukvietęs naujos srities – energijos humanitarikos – tyrėjus, dizainerius ir menininkus.

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Sąskrydžio programa pradėta Kanados Waterloo universiteto mokslininko Imre Szeman pranešimu apie „petrokultūros“ (ang. petroculture, „naftos kultūra“) sąvoką. Petrokultūra – tai modernybės kultūra, kuria gyvena mūsų dabartinė visuomenė ir kuri būtų neįmanoma be iškastinio kuro – naftos – gavybos. Energijos humanitarikos tyrimai remiasi teiginiu, jog priklausomai nuo energijos naudojimo pokyčių iš esmės keičiasi ir visuomenės. Pereiti prie atsinaujinančiais ištekliais paremtos energijos gamybos yra visų pirma ne technologinis iššūkis, bet iššūkis įsivaizduoti radikaliai kitokią visuomenę. Tam, kad suvaldytų klimato kaitos pasekmes, šiandienos visuomenės privalo tarsi „perprogramuoti“ savo troškimus, norus už petrokultūros ribų bei radikaliai juos atsieti nuo iškastinio kuro gamybos.

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Kaip mes asmeniškai reaguosime į tokį iššūkį? Jelenos Martinovic pranešimas apie XX a. 7–8 dešimtmečio psichiatrijos tyrinėtus pomirtinius įspūdžius (ang. near-death experience) apibrėžė ypatingą energijos ir žmogaus kūno ryšį. Pomirtinių įspūdžių tyrimai įtvirtino ekosisteminį požiūrį į žmogaus prigimtį. Anot vieno „Ateities energijos sąskrydžio“ klausytojų, galima brėžti paralelę tarp pomirtinių įspūdžių patirties ir traumos, kurią šiandien išgyvena dauguma aplinkosaugos aktyvistų, susiduriančių su faktu, jog tarptautinis politinis susitarimas įveikti globalinį atšilimą – sunkiai pasiekiamas.

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„Ateities energijos sąskrydyje” pristatytos ir optimistiškai nuteikiančios dizaino, meninės aktyvizmo praktikos, siekiančios praplėsti mūsų vaizduotę ir rasti tų naujų troškimų anapus dabartinės petrokultūros išraiškas. „Folk Stone Power Plant“ gamybos procese dalyvavusios mokslininkės Viktorija Makarovaitė bei Sofia Perez Villar papasakojo apie jų išvystytos grybų baterijos technologiją, kuri savo našumu triskart pralenkia įprastas ličio baterijas. Stephanie Karpetas įsteigusi pirmąją bendruomenei priklausančią saulės energijos jėgainę Kent mieste, Jungtinėje Karalystėje, pasidalino savo patirtimi socialinio verslo ir aplinkosaugos srityje. Dizaineriai ir menininkai iš Prancūzijos Cédric Carles ir Thomas Ortiz ne tik prižiūri ypatingą „Paleo-Energijos“ archyvą, registruojantį įvairius istorijos nepelnytai pamirštus tvarios energijos gamybos išradimus, bet ir organizuoja daugybę pedagoginių dizaino eksperimentų, žaismingai įtraukiančių piliečius naujai patirti atsinaujinančios energijos gamybos procesus. Menininkė ir kuratorė, Rygos naujųjų medijų kultūros centro RIXC direktorė Rasa Šmite aptarė naujas bendruomenes bei kolektyvius techno-ekologinius tyrimus, taip pat padedančius kurti ateities gyvenimo būdo, paremto atsinaujinančiais energijos ištekliais, modelius. Būtent meninės praktikos gali išmokyti išskirtinių metodų tokioms bendruomenėms puoselėti bei suburti skirtingų sričių specialistus ir piliečius.

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Renginį „Ateities energijos sąskrydis“ rėmė Lietuvos kultūros taryba, LR Kultūros ministerija ir Masačusetso technologijos instituto Architektūros ir planavimo mokykla bei. „Zooetik_A“ yra „Frontiers in Retreat“ projekto edukacinės programos dalis. „Frontiers in Retreat“ projektą remia Europos Komisijos programa „Kultūra“ (EACEA 2013 – 1297). Europos Komisija už šio pranešimo turinį neatsako.

Future Energy Summit at Folkestone Triennial, September 3, 2017

BY The Editor
14.08.2017

Future Energy Summit poster by Node Berlin

Future Energy Summit brings together professionals and enthusiasts from the fields of art, design, life sciences and the humanities to Folkestone UK for a meeting on the opening weekend of the Folkestone Triennial 2017, to re-imagine and re-script future models of energy, and its role and impact on citizenship and culture.

Future Energy Summit engages the emerging field of energy humanities, and the discourses of the future of energy and post-fossil fuel transition, to explore multidisciplinary approaches to energy, including non-human energy production by organisms such as bacteria or fungi, and the forms of energy in an expanded field, from psychotropic plant or mushroom induced altered states of mind to hybrid infrastructures.

More information about the Summit here.

Zooetics: A series of public lectures

Zooetics began as an attempt to reinvent and rethink by weaving together human knowledge, the knowledge of other life forms, and poetics, without fully envisaging or knowing where that might go. In 2014, the first Zooetics lectures reevaluated and recombined the concepts: Anthropocene, Nature and Interspecies. In the second Zooetics lecture series in 2015 researchers Keller Easterling, Dimitris Papadopoulos and Matthew Fuller collided and elided radical ideas on spatial thinking, makers culture and human/other life interfaces.

Zooetics is a research expedition towards the knowledge of non-human life, using art and poetics – ‘infectious stories’ (Easterling), ‘a sensing into’ (Fuller), imaginaries of ‘communities of species’ (Papadopoulos), close encounters and proximities – to try to cross into this apparently impenetrable terrain.

Podcasts of the lectures and discussions from the lecture series in 2014-2015 are available below on this site.

Future Energy Summit

Sunday 3 September 2017

11.00 a.m. - 6.00 p. m. Silver Screen Cinema, Cinema 2, Folkestone Town Hall, Guildhall Street, Folkestone, United Kingdom
Jelena Martinovic, Tere Vadén, Imre Szeman, Cédric Carles and Thomas Ortiz, Rasa Smite, Stephanie Karpetas, Viktorija Makarovaite and Sofia Perez-Villar, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas

Free entry, registration required: https://www.quarterhouse.co.uk/whats-on/future-energy-summit

Future Energy Summit brings together professionals and enthusiasts from the fields of art, design, life sciences and the humanities to Folkestone UK for a meeting on the opening weekend of the Folkestone Triennial 2017, to re-imagine and re-script future models of energy, and its role and impact on citizenship and culture.

Future Energy Summit engages the emerging field of energy humanities, and the discourses of the future of energy and post-fossil fuel transition, to explore multidisciplinary approaches to energy, including non-human energy production by organisms such as bacteria or fungi, and the forms of energy in an expanded field, from psychotropic plant or mushroom induced altered states of mind to hybrid infrastructures.

The ever growing appetite for energy that leads to extreme fossil fuel extraction is being disrupted by a number of revolutionary processes including the rapid transition to renewable energy, and the digitizing and networking of energy production and distribution infrastructures. Massive consumption of energy, demand for new kinds of energy storage, and the development of smart grids are changing the way these networks operate. In this context of increasing demand and the ever-moving target of fossil fuel exhaustion, the future of energy is determined by our capacity to reprogramme our energy dependencies.

In order to undo the way in which modernity has dictated energy provision, Future Energy Summit will emphasize two key perspectives: first, relearning the numerous ways that living organisms produce and store energy — for example, microbes producing energy when breaking down glucose with the help of enzymes, which occurs in both human and nonhuman bodies — and second, reconceptualizing energy independence and energy grids by looking at ‘maker culture’ inspired production models. Testing these models is crucial for the future of the planet in our era of dramatic climate change because not only do they transcend the role of the passive consumer — they also create alliances and associations across disciplines, fields and ontologies. Future Energy Summit, joined by academics, artists, designers, makers and inventors, momentarily brackets the smart energy monoculture currently emanating from Silicon Valley and looks for productive fictions, prototypes and models that can imagine a new diversity of energy interdependencies.

According to Imre Szeman, one of the contributors of Future Energy Summit, the narrative of fossil fuel based modernity is already a fiction that made the expansive use of energy invisible for the sake of  exhausted models of ‘progress’ and ‘freedom’. Therefore, the key question raised on the occasion of this Summit is: how can we “rewrite” these fictions, unearthing our relation to energy production processes that are already part of natural systems and reprogramming our relation to our own and other human and non-human bodies?

The invited participants of the Summit include prominent researchers and scholars from the fields of energy and science humanities, such as Jelena Martinovic, a historian of science, who will discuss energy, threat, and adaptation strategies, by considering near-death experiences and their relevance in scientific and clinical research in the 19th and 20th century; Tere Vadén, a philosopher whose work inquires into the relation between the humanities, energy, and the project of modernity; and Imre Szeman, the author of Energy Humanities: An Anthology and a key figure in these debates. Artists and designers Cédric Carles and Thomas Ortiz of Paleo-Energetique, will discuss their energy archaeology project, amassing an archive of a multiplicity of energy production patents and inventions which have been previously neglected, censored, or forgotten. Artist and researcher Rasa Smite (a collaborator with Raitis Smits and RIXC in Riga, Latvia) will introduce the Renewable Network approach of artists in building a “techno-ecological” perspective, and will demonstrate the findings of RIXC’s Biotricity research. Also, discussing the sonic expressions of “Pond Battery”, an instrument that is fuelled by bacteria living in mud, Rasa will give a hands-on workshop on how to make your own mud battery. Stephanie Karpetas, a social entrepreneur and activist will share her expertise and experience of engaging communities to be part of a local energy revolution, helping people take ownership and control of their own local energy generation, distribution, and use. New materiality in battery production will be discussed by Viktorija Makarovaite and Sofia Perez-Villar, research scientists at Kent University and scientific advisors for the mushroom batteries deployed at the Folke Stone Power Plant, a work commissioned from Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas for Folkestone Triennial 2017.

PROGRAMME

11:00 – 11:10 AM
Welcome by Lewis Biggs (Folkestone Triennial 2017)

11:10 – 11:20 AM
Introduction by Gediminas Urbonas (MIT, USA)

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM
What is a Petroculture? Conjectures on Energy and Global Culture.
Imre Szeman (University of Waterloo, Canada)

12:00 – 12:30 PM
From Excitation to Exhaustion and Beyond. Reconsidering Near-Death Experiences.
Jelena Martinovic (University College London, UK)

12:30 – 1:00 PM
Discussion moderated by Gediminas Urbonas (MIT, USA)

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Lunch break

2:00 – 2:40 PM
Antropocene, Capitolocene, Nathocene—How to Think About That Which Is Ending and That Which Is Beginning.
Tere Vadén (University of Tampere, Finland and BIOS Research Unit)

2:40 – 3:00 PM
People Powered.
Stephanie Karpetas (Sustainability Connections, Folkestone, UK)

3:00 – 3:20 PM
Discussion moderated by Asa Calow (MadLab, UK)

3.20 – 3.30 PM
Coffee break

3:30 – 4:00 PM
Paleo-Energy: A Counter-History of Energy.
Cédric Carles (Atelier21, France) and Thomas Ortiz (Paleo-Energy Project, France)

4:00 – 4:30 PM
The Green Future Of Batteries: Smart Storage.
Sofia Perez-Villar (University of Kent, UK) and Viktorija Makarovaitė (University of Kent, UK)

4:30 – 4:45 PM
Renewable Futures. Artists and Scientists Joining Forces in Building Techno-Ecological Perspective.
Rasa Smite (RIXC – Center for New Media Culture, Latvia)

4:45 – 5:00 PM
Discussion moderated by Asa Calow (MadLab, UK)

5:00 – 5:10 PM
Coffee break and visit to the Folk Stone Power Plant

5:10 – 6:00 PM
Biotricity workshop by Rasa Smite (Liepaja University and RIXC – Center for New Media Culture, Latvia)

Cédric Carles and Thomas Ortiz — Paleo-Energy: a Counter-History of Energy

Paleo-Energy project is a new research-based knowledge sharing model that integrates the scientific community and crowd-sourcing: a hands-on and open resource for social and technical inventions related to energy, transportation, heating, and electricity production.

The history of energy is neither linear nor Darwinian. It is replete with fantastic forgotten innovations that never became widespread in their eras — it is these innovations that Paleo-Energy will explore. In the Netherlands, an experiment in electric car sharing was introduced in 1974. At the same time, a “Vélibs” public bicycle-sharing scheme was in operation in La Rochelle. In 1979, educator Jean-Luc Perrier built a car that ran on hydrogen, generated by solar power and emitted only steam. The first solar thermal concentrators, which were designed by teacher Augustin Mouchot, were unveiled at the World Fair in Paris in 1878. This revisionist history seeks to understand and examine the contexts that enabled — or hindered — the popularisation and success of certain energy innovations. What situations fostered the emergence of these innovations? Might recessions encourage new opportunities for creativity today?

 

Stephanie Karpetas — People Powered 

As we discover more and more renewable energy sources and move away from fossil fuels, the opportunity also arises for ordinary people to gain ownership and control of energy. Stephanie will talk about how this people powered energy revolution is taking root in Kent and how the Future Energy Summit may accelerate and energise a move towards greater change.

 

Sofia Perez-Villar and Viktorija Makarovaitė — The Green Future of Batteries: Smart Storage

Carbon emissions have risen so dramatically only because of the commensurate growth of global energy consumption. In order to meet this demand, there is a critical need for both clean and efficacious energy storage devices. Sofia and Viktorija will describe the operating principles and lasting issues of Li-ion battery technology and the hurdles required to be solved before green electrochemical storage becomes a widespread reality in the market. The design of sustainable battery systems, through the choice of both raw materials in abundance and electrode recycling, are essential for the next generation of batteries. One promising technology is a battery made of mushroom tissue which may outperform graphene-based batteries. The highly microporous mushroom structures and the minimal electrode processing transform the conventional Li-ion battery into a low-cost and environmentally friendly system with comparable capacities. One such mushroom battery was implemented in the Folke-Stone Power Plant. In our journey to a more sustainable future, organic biomass electrodes will provide an easily renewable source for new forms of energy storage.

 

Jelena Martinovic — From Excitation to Exhaustion, and Beyond. Reconsidering Near-Death Experiences

Jelena will address the question of energy from a history of science and medicine perspective that goes back to the 19th century, considering near-death experiences. She will discuss how positive psychology concepts relate to physiology – defense mechanisms, animals and organisms reacting to stress, their strategies of adaptation, learning, and ways of regulating energy. This gives an opportunity to unfold Sigmund Freud’s approach on how organisms regulate external input and energy. On the other hand, it stretches out the strange story of how dying processes were turned (by medical practitioners in the 1970s) into both a slow-motion version of a fight-or-flight response and a transcendental experience.

 

Rasa Smite  — Renewable Futures. Artists and Scientists Joining Forces in Building Techno-Ecological Perspective

Rasa will talk about her practice and engagement with Renewable Network, founded by artists associated with RIXC. Renewable Network experiments with infinite and vast energy sources: making solar cells from chokeberry juice, transforming electromagnetic pollution in urban environments into low-power batteries, or building next generation bio-energy devices that generate power with the help of bacteria.

One of the recent techno-ecological art projects developed in the framework of Renewable Network is Biotricity. Its particular focus is on wetland areas: swamps and marshlands that contain unexploited resources, and are havens for biological diversity. MFC (microbial fuel cell) “power plants”, installed in different sites, trace the ordinarily invisible activities in nature, such as bacteria life processes in the bottom of ponds, swamps, lakes or fjords. Live web-cam images and continuous measurements of bacteria electricity fluctuations from these sites are presented live on the internet, while collected data from these long-time observations are transformed into live sound structures and video, 3D data sculptures and VR environments, creating new aesthetics as well as sensual and emotional experiences — a poetics of green energy.

 

Imre Szeman — What is a Petroculture? Conjectures on Energy and Global Culture

How might one begin to use energy as a critical component of cultural and literary analysis? Does making a link between a specific energy system and a previously defined literary or cultural period, movement or form open up a new way of analyzing literary texts and cultural forms? One of the most important reasons for reading energy into literature and culture is to provide us with critical and political resources we might otherwise lack. While the energy humanities have insisted that we imagine modernity as an era deeply shaped in relation to fossil fuels, the outcome of this energy periodization is different than we might think. Imre Szeman argues that it is only the first step in grappling with how energy has shaped all the capacities, beliefs and practices of capitalist modernity. Our imagining of future energy systems demands that we first fully understand the petrocultures we have created and in which we now live.

 

Tere Vadén — Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Nafthocene — How to Think about That which is Ending and That which is Beginning

More than half of all oil consumed in human history has been used in the period of time from 1980 to now, an energy expenditure of a bigger magnitude than all previous centuries combined.

Energy inputs are different than social, cognitive, economic or spiritual ones. First, without surplus energy, neither the world economy nor population would have grown as they have. Second, fossil fuels are not created by humans. Third, fossil fuels are non-renewable. Thus, non-human materials are responsible for global growth, and this growth is likely to be a one-off occurrence.

“Anthropocene” research focuses on how human activity is detected in geological strata. “Capitalocene” suggests that decisions over material activity are within a class-based social structure. “Nafthocene” highlights that both anthropocene and capitalocene are based on the work done by burning fossil fuels. In this sense, both are part of the characteristic modern blindness towards the conditions of modernity’s existence. Modernity sees in itself a victory over nature which was only made possible by a natural phenomenon: the existence of hydrocarbons in the Earth’s crust. This irony defines nafthism.

Cédric Carles is a designer and founder of ItexAder, Atelier2ce, and recently Atelier21, a think-tank developing a number of projects in the field of energy research based on collaborative and citizen initiatives. In 1999, Cedric started the SolarSoundSystem experiment, a 100% energy autonomous DJ booth that proposed a unique way of addressing the contemporary issues of energy resources. It is now a European network  with antennas in Paris, Marseille, Berlin and Tel Aviv, among other locations. In 2015, Cedric launched the Paleo-Energy project, a research-based knowledge sharing model which integrates the scientific community and crowd-sourcing: a hands-on and open resource for previously neglected social and technical energy-related inventions.

Stephanie Karpetas is the founder and director of Sustainability Connections CIC and director of Orchard Community Energy — Kent’s first large-scale community-owned solar farm. She specialises in project design and delivery, community engagement, training and facilitation. Stephanie brings over twenty years experience in the field of sustainability management. Among other things, she held a position as Environment Manager at British Airways, and has been working with SMEs, charities, social enterprises, business support organisations and local governments.

Viktorija Makarovaitė is an engineer and microbiologist specialising in mycology; a PhD researcher at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), School of Biosciences, and School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent, Canterbury; and is a member of the Kent Fungal Group. Viktorija’s research project concerns development ofRFID biosensors for the detection of fungal infections. This research aims to improve early detection of fungal colonisation and biofilm formation on implanted medical devices.  

Jelena Martinovic is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, UK and an Associate Researcher at the Institute of the History of Medicine and Public Health in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prior to that, she was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and senior researcher at HEAD-Geneva. She taught at HEAD-Geneva, University of Lausanne, and University of Art and Industrial Design Linz. Her first monograph, Near-death Experience: How Psychiatry Turned a Folk Phenomenon into Therapeutic Insight, has just been published in French by MetisPresses. Her current research deals with the history of psychedelics, visuality and theory of creativity.

Thomas Ortiz is an artist, designer, engineer, and member of the research council of the Paleo-Energy project. Passionate about the issues concerning energy and upcycling, in 2014 he created Matabase, a start-up providing solutions for students and creative professionals to simplify the access to innovative materials. He is also a member of the Atelier21 think tank, working as a project manager on both Atelier21 and SolarSoundSystem projects. As a member of the Paleo-Energy research team, he developed the RegenBox project — the first open-source alkaline regenerator.

Sofia Perez-Villar is a researcher and material chemist with over seven years experience in renewable energy. She has been working on the development of new batteries, utilising cost efficient choices and materials to reduce the emissions of hazardous gases into the environment. Sofia is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, working on the improvement of new electrode materials for Grid Energy Storage Systems, such as rechargeable sodium (Na)-ion batteries. The aim of this research is the development of an easy and low-cost synthesis of graphene-related materials as anodes in order to increase performance and efficiency of advanced batteries.

Rasa Smite is an artist, curator and researcher, working in the intersection of art, science and innovative technologies. She is co-founder of RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture, in Riga, Latvia; editor-in-chief of Acoustic Space, a peer-reviewed journal and book series; and organizer of annual RIXC Art Science festivals in Riga. Rasa holds a doctoral degree and is a professor at Liepaja University, Latvia. She also co-founded Renewable Network, a Baltic-Nordic initiative that unites artists and scientists who are engaged with sustainability. In her joint artistic practice with Raitis Smits she works with a “techno-ecological” approach. Their recent artworks include: Talk to Me, human-plant communication project, and Biotricity,a series of art experiments with an innovative bacteria battery technology (MFC—microbial fuel cell).

Imre Szeman is Professor of English Language and Literature in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication, University of Waterloo, Canada. He conducts research and teaches in the areas of energy and environmental studies, critical and cultural theory, and social and political philosophy. His work focuses on the social and cultural changes necessary to enable energy transition: the transition from the current dominant form of energy — oil — to other energy systems. Recent books include Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (Fordham UP, 2017; co-editor), Energy Humanities: A Reader (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017; co-editor) and Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017; co-editor). He is currently completing work on On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, Energy: Selected Essays, 2001-2017, a collection of his recent writing on energy.

Viktorija Šiaulytė is an independent curator and producer working within the fields of contemporary art, architecture and film. Since 2013 she is a researcher and coordinator for the project Zooetics, organized by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program in Vilnius, Lithuania. She is an ongoing collaborator with the Architecture Fund in Vilnius, Lithuania, co-editing its publication series “Architecture [Publication] Fund”. Together with filmmakers Marta Dauliute and Elisabeth Marjanovic’ Cronvall she co-founded Last Project, a platform for new ways of working with audience engagement through long-term collaborative productions.

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas are artists, educators and co-founders of the Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. In collaboration with experts from different cultural and professional fields, these projects develop practice-based research models, merging a variety of materials and techniques from new media, urbanism, social science, and ecology. Gediminas is Associate Professor and Director at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in the School of Architecture and Planning. Nomeda is an MIT research affiliate and PhD researcher at the NTNU — the Norwegian University for Science and Technology.

Tere Vadén is a philosopher working with the multidisciplinary research unit Bios.fi that focuses on anticipation of socio-ecological transformations. His publications include Rock the Boat. Localized Ethics, the Situated Self, and Particularism in Contemporary Art (2003), Heidegger, Zizek and Revolution (2014) and Artistic Research Methods (2014). Lately, he has been obsessed with the question of fossil fuels, co-authoring Energy and Experience (2015: http://www.mcmprime.com/books/energy-and-experience-an-essay-in-nafthology). The book unearths the blind spot that energy has occupied in the social thought of modernity, a modernity that has been self-deluded by its intellectual capacities to render human beings independent from nature.

Future Fictions Summit

Saturday 22 October 2016

3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík, Iceland
Jennifer Gabrys

Zooetics II

Thursday 1 October 2015

6 - 9 pm KTU “Santaka” Valley, K. Baršausko 59, Kaunas, Lithuania
Keller Easterling, Matthew Fuller, Dimitris Papadopoulos

Nature / Interspecies / Anthropocene

Friday 19 December 2014

1.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. KTU “Santaka” Valley, K. Baršausko 59, Kaunas, Lithuania
Timothy Morton, Jae Rhim Lee and John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Nature

Friday 12 December 2014

6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. KTU “Santaka” Valley, K. Baršausko 59, Kaunas, Lithuania
Skylar Tibbits and Caleb Harper

Anthropocene / Interspecies

Friday 5 December 2014

6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. KTU “Santaka” Valley, K. Baršausko 59, Kaunas, Lithuania
Christian Schwägerl and Natalie Jeremijenko

Workshop Programme 2015 – 2016

A series of workshops will be organised with small interdisciplinary research groups undertaking practice-based research. The research workshops will involve artists, architects, designers, engineers and technologists. The information regarding the workshops is still subject to change and will be updated soon. There will be a limited number of places open to postgraduate student and other researchers. Details on the application process will be announced soon.

Zooetics: an active glossary compiled and edited by Jutempus

This glossary is evolving alongside the Zooetics project. If you would like to contribute please register as a user by sending us an email with a paragraph about yourself to info@zooetics.net. You will receive a login and password from us.

The glossary aims to serve as a discursive and reflective tool supporting a transparent research process. It does not aim to be authoritative or to duplicate existing accessible sources but rather to act as a repository capturing the research process, continually updating and extending by enabling contributions from many perspectives and many voices. The development of the glossary will be punctuated by regular reflections on the accumulating material by invited writers and artists.

This is an active glossary with suggested short reading texts and invited comments. Contributors can contribute comments to existing terms, suggest new terms for the list, comment on suggested reading group texts, suggest new sources for the bibliography. Comments can be textual, visual, moving image, sonic. All contributions should be authored, rather than anonymous.

Definitions have drawn on dictionaries, encyclopedias and authoritative sources relating to the topic (such as the IPCC or the Anthropocene Working Group) and on published literature in a range of disciplines (detailed in the Bibliography).

Views expressed are the contributor’s own. New comments will be submitted to the glossary editors for approval and anything anonymous, offensive, abusive, promotional, or irrelevant will not be posted.

Contributors:

Viktorija Siaulyte, Jutempus

Gediminas Urbonas, Jutempus

Nomeda Urbonas, Jutempus

Tracey Warr, Jutempus

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About

Zooetics is a 5 year long art-led interdisciplinary research project organized by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program within the framework of the Frontiers in Retreat network.

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Authors

The Zooetics organizing committee:


Gediminas Urbonas, artist and professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology, Cambridge, USA
http://act.mit.edu/about-act/history/

Nomeda Urbonas, artist and PhD fellow at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway
http://www.nugu.lt/us

Dr Tracey Warr, writer and senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK

http://traceywarrwriting.com

Viktorija Siaulyte, curator and researcher at Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program, Lithuania

http://www.vilma.cc/jutempus/

Credits

Design: NODE Berlin Oslo
Programming: André Pahl

Zooetics is part of the outreach and education programme of Frontiers in Retreat (EACEA 2013-1297) project.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This project is made possible by funding provided by:
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania; Lithuanian Council for Culture; Lithuania‘s Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)

Zooetics lecture series and seminars are co-produced with Kaunas University of Technology (KTU).

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