‘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.

Simpoziumas Zooetics+MIT

BY Viktorija Siaulyte
25.04.2018

„Zooetika“ baigiamasis renginys – „Zooetics+“ simpoziumas – rengiamas balandžio 27 – 28 dienomis Masačusetso technologijų institute (MIT), JAV. 

„Viena pagrindinių šio simpoziumo temų yra simpoetika, kuri papildo iš biologijos pažįstamą simbiozės terminą kūrybine dimensija. Gyventi su kitomis gyvybės formomis reiškia veikti ir kurti kartu. Toks ekosisteminis mąstymas leidžia įsiklausyti į nutildytus planetos balsus ir siūlo ateities bendrabūvio modelius, kuriuose įsisąmoninti ryšiai padeda išgauti naujas estetines ir technologines formas,“ – teigia projekto iniciatoriai, Nacionalinės kultūros ir meno premijos laureatai, menininkai Nomeda ir Gediminas Urbonai.

Simpoziumas „Zooetics+“ bus surengtas pirmąją vietą pasaulio universitetų reitinguose užimančioje aukštojo mokslo institucijoje, kurioje šių menininkų duetas dėsto paskutinį dešimtmetį. Renginys pradedamas sesija „Ekosisteminio mąstymo reikšmė šiandien“. Ekosistemos – tai ne tik gyvybės mokslų, bet ir kibernetikos terminas, apibūdinantis grįžtamųjų ryšių (angl. feedback loops) komunikacijos tinklą, apjungiantį visas sistemos dalis į vientisą visumą. Simpoziumo pranešimai nagrinės besikeičiantį tradiciškai supriešinamų polių – informacinių technologijų ir biologijos –tarpusavio santykį ir jo keliamas dilemas šiuolaikiniuose antropologijos, mokslo istorijos, filosofijos ar meninių praktikų tyrimuose. 

Vilniaus universiteto docento, filosofo Kristupo Saboliaus moderuojama sesija kvies apmąstyti radikalios „nežmogiškos“ vaizduotė galimybę. Simpoziume taip pat bus aptariama ir ekosisteminio mąstymo įtaka menininkų naudojamiems metodams. Renginį užbaigs diskusija apie Šiaurės Amerikos čiabuvių (angl. indigineous) menininkų ir mokslo tyrėjų siūlomas išskirtines aplinkos ryšių, kultūros, mokslo ir technologijų bei ateities sampratas.

 

Simpoziumo dalyviai: Emmanuel Alloa, St.Galen universitetas, Belgija / Judith Barry, MIT ACT, JAV / Caitlin Berrigan, NYU Tisch, JAV / Chiara Bottici, The New School for Social Research, JAV / Mario Caro, MIT ACT, JAV / Heather Davis, McGill universitetas, Kanada / Corinne Diserens, kuratorė / Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), MIT ACT, JAV / Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore koledžas, JAV ir Helsinkio universitetas, Suomija / Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, menininkė / Nuno Gomes Loureiro, MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering, JAV / Larissa Harris, Queens muziejus, Niujorkas, JAV / Stefan Helmreich, MIT Anthropology / Caroline A. Jones, MIT Architecture / Richard Kearney, Bostono koledžas / Sheila Kennedy, MIT Architecture, JAV / Kite (Oglala Lakota), Concordia universitetas, Kanada / Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock), menininkė / Jackson Polys (Tlingit), Columbia universitetas, JAV / Sophia Roosth, Harvard universitetas, JAV / Kristupas Sabolius, Vilniaus universitetas / Florian Schneider, NTNU, Trondheimo menų akademija, Norvegija / Kim TallBear (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), Alberta universitetas, Kanada / Cary Wolfe, Rice universitetas, JAV

Organizatoriai:

Gediminas Urbonas (ACT), Nomeda Urbonienė (ACT ir NTNU), Viktorija Šiaulytė (Jutempus), Kristupas Sabolius (Vilniaus universitetas), Laura Knott (ACT), Lars Bang Larsen (Karališkoji menų akademija, Stockholmas, Švedija), Laura Serejo Genes (ACT).

Renginį „Zooetics+ Symposium“ remia Lietuvos kultūros taryba ir Masačusetso technologijos instituto Architektūros ir planavimo mokykla.

Zooetics+ Symposium at MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

BY Viktorija Siaulyte
08.04.2018

Zooetics concludes its 5 year long research programme with a symposium on April 27-28, 2018 at MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. 

Come and celebrate with us during the two day programme of talks, discussions and artist presentations on sympoeisis, ecosystemic thinking, Indigineous futures and artistic intelligence!

For more details on speakers and programme sessions please see here.

Free entry, registration required here.

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
20 Ames Street, E15-001, ACT Cube
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Zooetics+ Symposium at MIT invites renowned scholars, artists, philosophers, scientists, anthropologists and cultural theorists to address cohabitation of human and other forms of life as an urgent issue that unfolds through a variety of discourses: indigenous and vernacular knowledge, biosemiotics, posthumanism, and human-animal studies, among others. Zooetics proposes re-imagining the role of ecosystemic thinking and artistic imagination in this context.

Presenters

Emmanuel Alloa, University of St. Galen, Humanities and Social Sciences
Judith Barry, MIT ACT
Caitlin Berrigan, NYU Tisch, Photography and Imaging
Nikola Bojić, Institute of Art History Zagreb, MIT ACT Program research affiliate
Chiara Bottici, The New School for Social Research, Philosophy
Mario Caro, MIT ACT
Heather Davis, McGill University, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Corinne Diserens, Curator
Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), MIT ACT
Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore College and University of Helsinki
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, RCA, London
Nuno Gomes Loureiro, MIT, Nuclear Science and Engineering
Larissa Harris, Curator, Queens Museum, New York
Stefan Helmreich, MIT Anthropology
Caroline A Jones, MIT Architecture
Richard Kearney, Boston College, Philosophy
Sheila Kennedy, MIT Architecture
Kite (Oglala Lakota), Concordia University
Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock), Artist
Jackson Polys (Tlingit), Columbia University School of the Arts
Sophia Roosth, Harvard University, History of Science
Kristupas Sabolius, Vilnius University, Philosophy
Florian Schneider, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Kim TallBear, University of Alberta, Native Studies
Cary Wolfe, Rice University, Critical and Cultural Theory

Engagement with conviviality (living-with) and sympoiesis (making-with and coming-together) in a multispecies world[1] is threaded through ecosystemic thought, established both in life sciences influenced by system theories and cybernetics, as well as in art that engages with systems, as seen in the tradition of Hans Haacke, Helen and Newton Harrison, and others. What Donna Haraway advocates as “sensible materialism” puts relationalities at the forefront. The 2018 Zooetics+ Symposium explores how to address interspecies relations through art-led models, prototypes and pedagogy. What kinds of systems can be created? What kinds of models work collectively with nonhumans? What kinds of encounters might they generate? How do they reconfigure both multispecies relations and existing practices of knowledge production and pedagogy? How can the work of Zooetics help us to explore and define new habits of thought that allow us to think sympoietically?

Employed by psychoanalysis as well as biology, the term symbiosis describes a system in which members of (different) species live in physical contact. It connotes the pre-linguistic relationship between mother and infant, as well as how partner species “abide in the same place at the same time, literally touching each other or even inside each other” (Lynn Margulis). Cohabitation, characterised by mutual help or fragile truce, can result in symbiogenesis, the appearance of new bodies, organs, and species—in other words, evolutionary novelty. But as Margulis points out, evolution is all of history, a study that “is vast enough to include the cosmos and its stars as well as life, including human life, and our bodies and our technologies.” The idea of symbiosis is endowed with the possibility of a syn-epistemic and syn-ontological dimension, we can say: A bringing-together of knowledges and forms of being, in a merger or togetherness that is synthetical (and not ‘natural’ or original). Sympoietic intelligence can be used in the encounter with present urgencies that necessitate a reply predicated by the thinking and doing in concert in order to stimulate multiplicity and diversity. If the sympoietic is seen as immanent to culture and artistic agency under the aegis of the more-than-human, what possibilities for subjectification, and what new political ecologies could emerge from such a perspective?

[1] We owe our “tentacular” understandings of these terms to Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. She notes that her exploration of the terms is indebted to other thinkers, including Vincienne Despret, Isabelle Stengers, and Lynn Margulis.

PROGRAM

Friday, April 27

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM Opening Ceremony by Erin Genia

10:15 AM Introduction to Zooetics+ Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM What Does Ecosystemic Thinking Mean Today?
Cary Wolfe and Sophia Roosth
Respondent: Lars Bang Larsen

12:00 PM -1:30 PM Lunch break and Banner Tow Flight by Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Knowledge Production Through Making and Living with Other Species
Scott Gilbert and Stefan Helmreich
Moderator: Caitlin Berrigan
Respondent: Caroline A Jones

3:10 PM – 4:30 PM The Radical Imagination: Toward Overcoming the Human

Chiara Bottici, Richard Kearney and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Respondent: Kristupas Sabolius

 

Saturday, April 28

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Artistic Intelligence, Speculation, Prototypes, Fiction. Learning Through Artistic Methods.

Heather Davis and Sheila Kennedy
Respondents: Larissa Harris and Laura Serejo Genes

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Break

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Creating Indigenous Futures

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock), Jackson Polys (Tlingit), Kite (Oglala Lakota)
Respondent: Mario Caro

1:30 PM -2:30 PM Lunch break

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Futures of Symbiotic Assemblages: Multi-naturalism, Monoculture Resistance and “The Permanent Decolonization of Thought”

Emmanuel Alloa, Kim TallBear
Respondents: Gediminas Urbonas, Laura Knott, Nuno Loureiro, and Nolan Dennis

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Closing remarks and future plans. Sympoiesis: New Research, New Pedagogy, and New Publishing in Radical Inter-disciplinarity

Florian Schneider, Corinne Diserens, Lars Bang Larsen, Gediminas Urbonas, Nomeda Urbonas, Judith Barry, Gary Zhang

6:00 PM Chalk by Allora and Calzadilla, old tennis courts, Ames Street

6:30 PM Reception at the Muddy Charles Pub, Walter Memorial, Building 50, first floor

8:00 PM Projection event by NODE Berlin/Oslo

8:30 PM Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits, Biotricity, at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, Building 6-304

9:30 PM Rikke Luther performance at ACT Cube, Building E15-001

 

Sunday, April 29 

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Seeding Sympoiesis

A roundtable discussion to explore sympoiesis as a figure of thought, to facilitate new research in radical interdisciplinarity as an approach to seemingly intractable problems of environment and futurity. 

Invitees / content providers: 
Nikola Bojić, Corinne Diserens, Larissa Harris, Laura Knott, Maxi Obexer, Agnieszka Kurant, Lars Bang Larsen, Kristupas Sabolius, Florian Schneider, Laura Serejo Genes, Viktorija Šiaulytė, Gediminas Urbonas, Nomeda Urbonas, Carry Wolfe

Sessions

Friday April 27, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
What Does Ecosystemic Thinking Mean Today?
Cary Wolfe and Sophia Roosth
Respondent: Lars Bang Larsen

Cary Wolfe, `There Is No World’: Current Developments in Deconstruction and Theoretical Biology

This talk will use recent work in theoretical biology to give a robust naturalistic redescription of Jacques Derrida’s seemingly counter-intuitive assertion in the second set of seminars on The Beast and the Sovereign that “there is no world”—a statement we must hear against the backdrop not just of Heidegger’s work, but also of Jakob von Uexkull’s, which Heidegger read and knew.  With that connection in mind, we will trace a line of development from Conrad Waddington’s work on “developmental landscapes” in the late 50s to theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman’s recent theorization of the “non-entailed” and “non-ergodic” evolution of the biosphere. This will enable us, in turn, to rethink the relevance of deconstruction for ecological thought in the larger context of a current movement away from the neo-Darwinian reductionist paradigm of evolution—a movement propelled in no small part by recent work in immunology and epigenetics.

Sophia Roosth, A Mineral Autobiography

Naturalists and scholars from Paracelsus to Hooke to contemporary geologists have been at a loss as to whether spherical sand-like entities named “ooids” (or their fossilized forms, oolites) are inorganic minerals or living organisms, even symbiotic organic microcosms. Found in locales from the Bahamian seas to Arctic stones to British tea kettles, ooids have long animated debates about what qualities define life – form or substance, self-organization or metabolic self-sufficiency. In this talk, ooids will for the first time speak for themselves, offering a longue durée account of both life on this planet and scientific inquiries into the ontologies of these dubiously living stones. This mineral autobiography experiments with the limits of writing at the interface of cultural and natural history. I here offer one avenue of thinking in which rocks, like other things, materialize and are made sense of at the interface of scientific inquiries and sociocultural histories. These stones are not universalized formalisms to which we can generously ascribe vitality, but peculiar particularities that embed and catalyze theories, queries, ontologies, taxonomies, social practices, and myriad life-ways.

Lars Bang Larsen

Symbiopoiesis, or the sympoietic, is a term that potentially enables us to think larger cultural assemblages and technological forms of being outside of biology. To biologist Scott Gilbert, symbiosis appears to be the rule rather than the exception: nature may be selecting ‘relationships’ rather than individuals or genomes. Perhaps it is our networked existence as a newly plugged-in species that has alerted us to the fact that life must be considered in terms of co-existence and interference, or in terms of a becoming on the ‘organic lines’ that lie between systems (to borrow from Lygia Clark). Unlike earlier versions of systemic thinking this is no promise of harmony, wholeness, or understandable totality, but a story of parasitism, irritability, and being through supplements. A properly cosmological outlook.

 

Friday, April 27, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Knowledge Production Through Making and Living with Other Species
Scott Gilbert and Stefan Helmreich
Moderator: Caitlin Berrigan
Respondent: Caroline A Jones

Scott Gilbert, Becoming with Others: Better Living through Sympoiesis

Our bodies are not merely the cellular products of the zygote. Rather, animal bodies are composed of zygote-derived cells entangled with symbiotic microbes from many species. These microbes play important roles in our anatomical, physiological, immunological, and (perhaps even) mental constitution. Animals and plants are thus “holobionts,” collectivities of different species. Moreover, these microbes play numerous roles in forming our bodies. So embryology must expand to become a study of sympoiesis, the collective coming-into-being of our body through the entanglements of many species. We find, for example, that bacteria are needed for the formation of the gut-associated capillaries (which deliver food to the body) and the gut-associated immune cells of mammals. In insects, microbes are often needed for the maintenance of gonadal tissues and for metamorphosis. In fish, symbiotic microbes are critical for the normal formation of the insulin-secreting pancreatic cells as well as for the proper division of gut stem cells.  Several studies have concluded that several mammalian social behaviors depend on symbiotic bacteria. Mammals have also evolved ways of transmitting these microbes to their offspring at a relatively high frequency. We literally become with others.

Stefan Helmreich, MultiMultispecies/Thinking against Species

This talk will provide an anthropologically tuned history of multispecies ethnography as a mode of encountering various animals, plants, fungi, and microbial life not only as tokens and technologies of human concerns, but also as others (significant and detached) and as agents (organic, semiotic) on something like their own terms. It will offer ways of thinking with/against/across the very concept of “species” that underwrites so much multispecies ethnography, and will therefore look and listen toward unexpected recombinations of science, art, nature/culture.

Caroline Jones

Reflecting Donna Haraway’s wordplay with ontics and antics, Caroline Jones’ panel response calls for a new aesthetic of “Symbiontics” — a critical subset of bio-art tuned to the new biology we are starting to feel and aspirationally be.  Galvanized by the science of bionts, holobionts, the hologenome, horizontal inheritance, and metagenomics, artists are moving in where individualist philosophy fears to tread. Symbiontics proposes we join the gathering cultural evolution towards sensing our utter dependency on, and in, the planetary life systems.

 

Friday, April 27, 3:10 PM – 4:30 PM
The Radical Imagination: Toward Overcoming the Human
Chiara Bottici, Richard Kearney and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Respondent: Kristupas Sabolius

Chiara Bottici, The Imaginal and the Transindividual

In this talk, I will discuss how the concept of imaginal and its correlated the ontology of the transindividual, can help us to set up the framework for zooethics[VS1] . Whereas the concept of imagination tends to be understood as an individual (human) faculty, and the social imaginary, as a (human) social context, the imaginal, as a space populated by images, that is by representations that are also presences in themselves, does not make any ontological assumptions as to the nature of the subject of imagining. As such, it is it is a better tool for thinking about zooethics[VS2] , that is, about a form of ethics that escapes the humanistic prejudice and focuses instead on the trans-individual relationships between all living beings.

Richard Kearney, Beasts, Golems and Monsters: as the limits of the Human.

Most human cultures from their beginnings have sought to differentiate the human from the non-human, either celebrating the Other as divine or scapegoating it as beast or monster. There are also stories of created non-human beings called Golems, treated ambivalently as either saviors or destroyers of human kind – a paradox running from Talmudic and Kabbalistic legends to the modern stories of Frankensteins and simulated cyber beings (particularly in postmodern cinema and gaming). The presentation will look at some examples of this paradoxical phenomenon of the human becoming inhuman and explore its critical implications for both poetics and ethics.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Critical Imaginaries and Generative Terrains

Design is a process to change an existing situation into a preferred one, suggested political scientist Herbert Simon. To design is to project oneself into the fictional space of the future, imagining how things could be otherwise. Simon gives us one way to see humans: dissatisfied, striving, and always imagining. Now, as new technologies like synthetic biology enable certain humans to design biology to their increasingly exact specifications, we must ask whose preference is being gratified, and at what cost to other humans, other species, or to the planet? The Oxitec Friendly™ Aedes mosquito, a male engineered to produce no offspring, may be better for humans, but is it better for the mosquito that never lives? How might we imagine what other worlds might be possible? First describing my research into social imaginaries of better futures, powerful dreams that materialise in synthetic biology as objects like designed mosquitoes, I then propose the design of “critical imaginaries”, heterotopian spaces where we can explore and generate simultaneous worlds to reflect on our own. By designing the conditions of these worlds, rather than their precise paths, could emergent art/design works help us imagine different ways of being?

Kristupas Sabolius

Thinking of imagination in terms of essentially human, we used to lose its primordial power, i.e. the power to empower the transformation and to migrate outside the zone of comfortable anthropomorphic habits. However, is it possible transcend human imagination? What would a nonhuman imagination look like? The imaginary has always appeared as the surplus of the human. Today we could see it as a radical chance to revision our realities. Radical imagination leads to the recognition of worldly creativity – as sympoiesis that necessarily occurs through autopoiesis. In this sense, the imaginary can be conceived as a constant expansion of mind outside itself – the process of creating novel regimes of interaction with other species, discovering and embracing alternative understandings of material intelligence, reformulating and learning new ethics that emerge in the light of non-human factors, recognizing and intensifying the ways of creativity outside the subordinating schemata of our needs and purposes.

 

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Artistic Intelligence, Speculation, Prototypes, Fiction. Learning Through Artistic Methods
Heather Davis and Sheila Kennedy
Respondents: Larissa Harris and Laura Serejo Genes

Sheila Kennedy, 4 RIVERS

Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at MIT, will give a talk that reflects on the agency of design in the contemporary anthropocene, when people, technology and the built environment intersect in unexpected ways with the dynamic flows of moving water and changing climates. Drawing from her interdisciplinary work and research, Kennedy will discuss recent projects on sentient nature across four global contexts: North America, Europe, Brazil, and the Atlantic.

Heather Davis, On Becoming Plural

Amitav Ghosh wrote in his recent book The Great Derangement that “What we need … is to find a way out of the individualizing imaginary in which we are trapped” in order to adequately respond to the challenges of climate change. The work of sympoeisis is therefore vital in confronting new understandings of what it means to be human that embrace the plural, the hybrid, the incomplete and the collective. Drawing upon thinking from microbiome science, black studies and feminist theory, this talk will explore the more-than-human as a conceptual framework that pushes beyond the dangers of individualism while attending to questions of environmental justice in the service of more liveable worlds.

 

Saturday, April 28, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Creating Indigenous Futures
Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock), Jackson Polys (Tlingit), Kite (Oglala Lakota)
Respondent: Mario Caro

Kite

In this presentation, Kite will discuss her art and research practice using the framework of ‘responsible truth’ versus “epistemologies of domination and control” as proposed by Lee Hester. What is contemporary Lakota mythology? How are these investigations made possible through wearable computing? Contemporary mythology is created through rumor, conspiracy, belief, storytelling and non-human knowledge as well as through ideas of ancestral land-base, ‘cosmologyscape’, and events in time forming space. She will present her current computational body-interface as an example of wearable technology as Lakota knowledge-making and computer-human interactions as a way to explore Lakota ontologies of non-human interiority.

 

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Futures of Symbiotic Assemblages: Multi-naturalism, Monoculture Resistance and “The Permanent Decolonization of Thought”
Emmanuel Alloa, Kim TallBear
Respondents: Gediminas Urbonas, Laura Knott, Nuno Loureiro, and Nolan Dennis

Emmanuel Alloa, From Another Vantage Point. Towards an Imaginative Perspectivism

In the age of post-truth, claiming the need to defend alternative approaches brings one into the dangerous vicinities of alternative facts, alternative truth and alternative right. In the face of this hijacking of alternativity, it has never been more urgent to defend the need for other, alternative vantage points. By introducing and comparing different theoretical moves that can be made with regard to the issue of perspectivalness (phenomenology, developmental psychology, literature and anthropology, with a special focus on the Descola-De Castro debate), the presentation will subsequently analyze three modalities where alternative takes on reality coexist: the coexistence of time, the coexistence of species and the coexistence of beings. The point will be to highlight in what sense the capacity for taking another stance deeply rest on the imaginative force.

Kim Tallbear, Settler Relations as Property

My longer-standing work on the ethics and politics of Indigenous DNA research, commercial genetic ancestry testing, and the use of DNA testing in tribal citizenship practices in the US has segued into work on Indigenous materialisms and decolonial sexualities. My approach to examining relations between human bodies and with other-than-human entities has also been informed by critical race scholar Cheryl Harris’s ground-breaking work on whiteness as property. In that paradigm-shifting 1993 Harvard Law Review article, she explains the links between private property and white supremacy in the US settler state. My empirical work analyzed in part through Harris’s lens, shows how the settler state turns all relations into property—be they human or other-than-human, e.g. land, water, and “resources” including biological (re)sources. Settler relations as property are also made manifest in the cultural-regulatory bundle of marriage/monogamy/nuclear family/private property that was imposed by settler states such as the US and Canada onto Indigenous peoples and other aspiring citizens. The settler state that privileges hierarchies among beings cannot be our guiding hope. An ethic of Indigenous relationality or being in good relation with one another and with our other-than-human relatives is an alternative guiding narrative in this time of planetary transition.

Bios

Emmanuel Alloa is Research Leader in Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen and teaches Aesthetics at the University of Paris 8. He is the author of various book and numerous articles at the intersection of continental philosophy, aesthetics, and social theory. He has held Invited Visiting Professorships at various international universities (Columbia University, Belo Horizonte, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, UC Berkeley and University of Vienna) and was recipient of the Latsis Prize 2016 for his early scientific achievements. Among his recent publications: Resistance of the Sensible World. An Introduction to Merleau-Ponty (New York 2017) ; Penser l’image III: Comment lire les images (Dijon 2017) ; Das durchscheinende Bild (Zurich 2018); Partages de la perspective (Paris, forthcoming 2018).

Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa studied at the Basque Country University of Fine Arts, then moved to Paris, where he attended Paris’s École des beaux-arts (ENSBA) and read philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII and the Collège international de philosophie. He lives and works in Paris and San Sebastian. Juan’s work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including Populism (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Oslo, Vilnius, 2005), chacun à son goût, Bilbao Guggenheim museum, and the 2007 Lyon, 2014 São Paulo and 2015 Jakarta Biennials. Solo exhibitions include the MuHKA in Antwerp, and the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Since 2006, Juan has regularly collaborated with the Éditions Matière, designing five books together: Camarades, à présent je suis de droite (2005); Faible passion du réel / Le Théorisme, méthode de salut public (2006); Concert pour poing levé (2007), Citations pour le président Sarkozy (2009); and Rééducation (2012).

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have collaborated on an extensive body of work since 1995. Through a research-based approach, their works trace intersections of history, material culture, and politics through performance, sculpture, sound, video, and photography. Their work has been exhibited and collected widely in public institutions and private collections. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at the Fundacion Antonio Tapies, Barcelona, (2018); MAXXI, Rome (2018); DIA Art Foundation (2015); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014); Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2013); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2012); the US Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); the Museum of Modern Art (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2008); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2008); Serpentine Gallery, London (2007); and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2007). Numerous group exhibitions include Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the 5th, 7th, and 10th Gwangju Biennials, South Korea (2004, 2008, 2014); and the 24th and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (1998, 2010). The artists live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Jennifer is an MIT alumna in visual art.

Judith Barry’s immersive environments are based on experiments incorporating architecture, sculpture, performance, theatre, film/video/new media, graphics, and interactivity. Since her first performances in the late 1970’s, she has produced unique, habitable, visual environments that are activated by the viewer. She has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Carnegie International, Documenta, Nagoya Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Venice Biennale(s) of Art/Architecture, and the Whitney Biennale, among others. Her awards include the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts (2000), “Best Pavilion” at the Cairo Biennale (2001), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). Public Fantasy, a collection of Barry’s essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991). Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), The Study for the Mirror and Garden (2003) and Judith Barry: body without limits (2009). Judith is Professor and Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Caitlin Berrigan works as an artist across performance, video, sculpture, text, and choreographies to engage with the intimate and embodied dimensions of power, politics, and capitalism. Her artist’s book Imaginary Explosions (Broken Dimanche Press, 2018) is the subject of solo exhibitions this year in Berlin and Schloss Solitude, and her book Unfinished State is forthcoming from Archive Books with support from the Graham Foundation. Her work has been shown at the Whitney, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Harvard Carpenter Center, Hammer Museum, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, Goldsmith’s London, and Homeworks Beirut, among others. She holds a Master’s from MIT Art, Culture and Technology, and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She teaches emerging media at NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging and is an affiliate of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Technology, Culture and Society.

Chiara Bottici is a philosopher and writer. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College (New York). She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images beyond Imagination and The Imaginary (Columbia University Press, 2014), A Philosophy of Political Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Men and States (Palgrave, 2009). With Benoit Challand, she also co-authored Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010). She also co-edited the collections of essays The Politics of Imagination (Routledge, 2011, with Benoit Challand), The Anarchist Turn (Pluto 2013, with Simon Critchley and Jacob Blumenfeld) and Feminism, Capitalism and Critique (Palgrave 2017, with Banu Bargu). Her short stories have appeared in Il Caffe illustrato, while her novel Per tre miti, forse quattro was published by Manni Editore in 2016.

Mario A. Caro is a critic, historian, and curator of contemporary Indigenous art. His research topics include the representation of Indigenous cultures within the museum; the visual production of an“aesthetics of nostalgia” within photographic practices; and a critique of art historical methodologies as colonial discourses. He has curated national and international exhibitions and was the curator of exhibitions at Alaska House, New York in Soho. Mario is a Lecturer in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and has taught at institutions including The Evergreen State College, Otis School of Art and Design, and Indiana University, where he held the post of Public Scholar for Civic Engagement, and New York University as a fellow in the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Thought. He is the founding editor of Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.

Heather Davis is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University. There, she researches plastic and its links to petrocapitalism for a monograph entitled Plastic: The Afterlife of Oil. Previously, she held fellowships at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. She has written widely for art and academic publications on questions of contemporary art, politics and ecology. She is the editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA and McGill Queen’s UP, 2017.

Nolan Oswald Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. His practice explores what he calls “a black consciousness of space”: the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization. He is in interested in decolonial solidarity as an eco-systematic network which implicates different bodies in specific co-constitutive relationships towards the production of worlds. Nolan is currently thinking about geo-politics as an aspect of geological rather than geographic relations, and what it means to live in a dream. He holds a degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is a Master of Science candidate in the Art, Culture and Technology program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Corinne Diserens was the curator of Taipei Biennial 2016 (Taiwan), between 2011 and 2016 the director of erg – higher art&research academy, Brussels (Belgium), and the jury chairwoman of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany). From 1989 to 1993, Corinne was curator at IVAM, Valencia (Spain), and between 1996 and 2008 she directed the Musées de Marseille, the Musée des beaux-arts de Nantes (France), Museion, Bolzano (Italy), and organized international co-productions for MACBA, Barcelona (Spain). She has curated retrospectives of seminal artists, biennials, monographic and thematic exhibitions as well as directed numerous publications, researches, symposiums, and workshops. After studying art history at the university Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris, she was in 1984-85 Fellow at the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.

Laura Serejo Genes is an artist, architect and second year Master of Science candidate in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. Working through performance, sculpture, and photography her recent projects tackle the question of how to make art “on campus” and how the university environment can be a place to activate forms of citizenship that are not accessible or attainable on a larger scale. As she prepares to step out of this institutional safe-zone, she is refocusing her research efforts around the site of the US Embassy building in Havana, Cuba. Laura holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union.

Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is a first year graduate student in the MIT Art, Culture and Technology program. Her work has focused on creating a powerful presence of Indigenous epistemologies in the arts and sciences with a goal of fostering an evolution of thought and practice in societal instruments that are aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity. She has a Master of Public Administration in Tribal Governance and her professional background is in Indigenous peoples’ cultural resources and education. She has worked as a community organizer and cultural worker in her communities. She is a practicing artist fluent in 2 and 3D forms and is currently exploring digital fabrication, sound, performance, immersive theater and public art interfaces.

Scott Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology (emeritus) at Swarthmore College and a Finland Distinguished Professor (emeritus) at the University of Helsinki. He received his MA in the history of science at the Johns Hopkins University and his PhD in biology from the same institution. His research concerns the development of evolutionarily novel structures  (involving such questions as how the turtle gets its shell) and how organisms of different species cooperate to construct a body. He has also written articles on the historiography of embryology and genetics; the use of embryos in the artwork of Klimt, Kahlo, and Rivera; and the identity of the bone that formed Eve. Scott lives with Anne Raunio in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of textbooks in developmental biology as well as the trade-book Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer, and writer. Her experimental practice explores values that shape design, science, and emerging technology through the design of objects, fictions, writing, and curating. Daisy has spent ten years researching synthetic biology and the design of living matter, and is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (MIT Press, 2014). In 2017, she completed Better, her PhD in Design Interactions at London’s Royal College of Art, interrogating powerful promises of “better” futures. Daisy received the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent in 2012, and the World Technology Award for design in 2011. Her work has been shown at MoMA New York, London’s Design Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Israel Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the National Museum of China, and is in museum and private collections. 

Larissa Harris is a curator at the Queens Museum, where she has organized exhibitions including Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center with Damon Rich (2009), which came out of a Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) residency at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies; The Curse of Bigness, which included Dexter Sinister, J Morgan Puett, Survival Research Laboratories and others (2010); the first US museum show of Korean artist Sung Hwan Kim (2011), a major new work with Pedro Reyes, The People’s United Nations (pUN) (2013–14), and a thirty-year retrospective of work by performance group Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) (2014). With critic Patti Phillips, Larissa organized the first survey of the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles (2016). Between 2004 and 2008, she was associate director of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies; in 2002-3 associate editor at Artforum Magazine, and from 1997-2002, programs associate at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

Stefan Helmreich is Professor of Anthropology at MIT. He is the author of Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas (University of California Press, 2009) and, most recently, of Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond (Princeton University Press, 2016). His essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Representations, American Anthropologist, Environmental Humanities, and The Wire.

Caroline A. Jones is Professor in the History, Theory, and Criticism section, Department of Architecture, MIT.  She studies modern and contemporary art, focusing on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception, and on its interface with science. She has also worked as a curator, recently in three exhibitions at MIT’s List Visual Art Center: Hans Haacke 1967 (2011); Video Trajectories(2007-08); and Sensorium (2006-07). Her exhibitions and/or films have been shown at NY MoMA, SF MoMA, the Hirshhorn DC, and the Hara Museum Tokyo, among other venues. Publications include Machine in the Studio (1996/98), Picturing Science, Producing Art (co-editor, 1998), Sensorium (editor2006), Eyesight Alone (2005/08), Experience (co-editor, 2016), and The Global Work of Art (2016). Caroline is currently researching patterns of occlusion and political contestation in what she calls “the anthropogenic image” of environmental disaster, in collaboration with historian of science Peter Galison.

Richard Kearney holds the Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has authored many books on imagination including: Poétique du Possible (1984), The Wake of Imagination (1987), Poetics of Imagining: Modern and Postmodern (1992), and Poetics of Modernity: The Hermeneutic Imagination (1994). He has also written several books on the ‘monstrous’ as limit and limitation of the human, most notably Strangers Gods and Monsters (2002) and On Stories (2003). Richard is a published novelist and poet and co-author of several multi-media performances with Boston artist, Sheila Gallagher, most recently, Twinsome Minds (2016) and Wounds into Scars  (2018). 

Sheila Kennedy is an American architect, innovator and educator. She is a Professor of Architecture at MIT and a founding Principal of KVA Matx, an interdisciplinary practice widely recognized for innovation in architecture, material research, and the design of soft infrastructure for emerging public needs. Kennedy received the 2014 Innovator Award from Architectural Record and is the 2015 recipient of the Rupp Prize and the 2016 Lemulson Foundation grant for Green Innovation. Sheila directs KVA’s material research division Matx, which works with business leaders, cultural institutions and public agencies to design resilient ‘soft’ infrastructure for networked cities and urbanizing global regions. Her design work has been widely published, and has been exhibited at the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, at MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennial, the Vitra Design Museum, and the TED conference in California.

Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School. She is currently a PhD student at Concordia University and a research assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her research investigates contemporary Lakota mythologies and epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video and sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records.

Laura Knott is an alumna of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, where she studied environmental art and performance, and Consulting Curator at the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. Her work has been presented at the documenta exhibition, in the California desert, and, recently, in a lobby on the MIT campus that houses a portrait of David Koch. Laura was the first dance graduate of Duke University, where she also studied political science and international relations. In 1998, she created Worldwide Simultaneous Dance, an exploration of place in an online environment, in which dancers danced at the same time in 11 countries around the world, live-streamed. She started doing museum work in 2005, to satisfy her curiosity about how curatorial decisions are made. Laura teaches as often as possible, most recently at ACT and in The February School, a free school organized by ACT’s graduate students.

Lars Bang Larsen is an adjunct curator of international art at Moderna Museet, and guest professor at the Royal Art Academy, both in Stockholm. As curator, he was a (co-)curator of exhibitions such as the 2016 São Paulo Bienal, Incerteza Viva, Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings (Courtauld Gallery, 2016), Reflections from Damaged Life (Raven Row, 2013), and Populism (Stedelijk Museum, Frankfurter Kunstverein and other institutions, 2005). He is author of Sture Johannesson (Sternberg Press, 2002), The Model. A Model For a Qualitative Society 1968 (MACBA, 2010), Networks (Whitechapel / MIT Press, 2014) and Arte y Norma (Cruce Casa, 2016). In his PhD A History of Irritated Material, Lars investigated relationships among art, psychedelia, connectivity, and cybernetics in the 1960s and 1970s, and their resonances in contemporary art.

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock) is an artist and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. Her current work embodies the multiple definitions of “breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale and material sustainability. In collaboration with national and international museums, U.S. embassies, cultural institutions, and Indigenous communities in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, her practice investigates narratives of cultural viability as a reflection of environmental record. She holds an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well a BA from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, with additional studies at The Sheridan Center For Teaching and Learning at Brown University, and at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she concentrated in Museum Studies and 3D Design.

Nuno Loureiro obtained a PhD in physics from Imperial College London in 2005, specializing in plasma physics. He subsequently moved to Princeton University as a post-doctoral assistant, and from there to the U.K.’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy as a Fusion Fellow. He returned to his native Portugal in 2009 to work as a researcher at the Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion of IST Lisbon. Nuno joined MIT in 2016 as Assistant Professor of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He was promoted Associate Professor with tenure in 2017, and obtained a secondary appointment with MIT’s Physics Department in the same year. Nuno’s research focuses on theory and simulations of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. He is the 2015 recipient of the Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research of the American Physical Society, and an NSF CAREER awardee.

Rikke Luther’s current work explores the new interrelations created by environmental crisis as they relate to landscape, language, politics, financialization, law, biology and economy, expressed in drawn images, photography, film, and pedagogical strategies. She has held teaching positions in Denmark and given numerous guest lectures around the world. Her work has been presented in Biennales and Triennales including Venice, Singapore, Echigo-Tsumari and Auckland, museums: Moderna Museum, Kunsthaus Bregenz, The New Museum, Museo Tamayo, Smart Museum, and exhibitions includingnBeyond Green: Towards a Sustainable Art, 48C Public.Art.Ecology, Über Lebenskunst and Weather Report: Art & Climate Change. Rikke’s first solo work was exhibited at the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo in 2016. Prior to that, she worked exclusively in art collectives, as a co-founder of Learning Site (active 2004 to 2015) and of N55 (active with original members from 1996 through to 2003).

Jackson Polys (Tlingit) lives and works between what are currently called Alaska and New York. His work examines the limits and viability of desires for Indigenous growth.  He began carving with his father, Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson, from the Lukaax.ádi Clan of the Lk̲óot K̲wáan, and had solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum before receiving a BA in Art History and Visual Arts, and an MFA in Visual Arts, both from Columbia University. He taught at Columbia (2016-17), and was advisor to Indigenous New York with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.  Jackson received a 2017 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Mentor Artist Fellowship.  His individual and collaborative works reside in collections of the Burke Museum, Cities of Ketchikan and Saxman, Field Museum, and the Übersee Museum-Bremen, and have appeared at Artists Space, Hercules Art/Studio Program, James Gallery, Ketchikan Museums, Microscope Gallery, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Sophia Roosth is the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Roosth was the 2016 Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the Joy Foundation Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2013-2014). She earned her PhD in 2010 in the HASTS Program at MIT. Roosth has published widely in journals including Critical Inquiry, Representations, Differences, American Anthropologist, Science, and Grey Room, as well as in popular venues such as Slate, The Los Angeles Review of Books, e-flux, and Aeon. In her first book, Synthetic: How Life Got Made, Roosth asks what happens to “life” as a conceptual category when experimentation and fabrication converge. Her next book, The Quick and the Dead, will offer a historically and ethnographically informed travelogue into the worlds of contemporary geobiologists, scientists seeking ancient microbial life-forms fossilized in stone.

Kristupas Sabolius is an associate professor of philosophy at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and a Fulbright Scholar alumnus at SUNY (Stony Brook). He is the author of Proteus and the Radical Imaginary (2015, Bunkier Sztuki, in Polish and English) The Imaginary (2013, Vilnius University Press, in Lithuanian), and Furious Sleep. Imagination and Phenomenology (2012, Vilnius University Press, in Lithuanian) as well as numerous essays, signalizing the contradictory function of imagination, appearing in all the major theories of Western thought. He is also an active public intellectual and a writer of novels, theatre plays and scripts, including The Gambler, Lithuania’s nomination for the foreign-language category at the 2015 Oscars.

Florian Schneider is the Head of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where he runs the pilot project Art and Ocean, bringing together artists and scientists to explore new forms of collaborations. With Irit Rogoff, he recently initiated the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), an independent gathering of artistic and practice-based researchers. From 2014 to 2017, Florian developed and led the artistic research project Divisions funded by the Norwegian Program for Artistic Research. His PhD on Imaginary Property was submitted at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As a documentary filmmaker, he has written, lectured, produced, exhibited, curated and collaborated across a wide range of media, fields, disciplines and contexts, such as: kein mensch ist illegal (1997-now), Make World Festival (2001 and 2004), Dictionary of War (2005-2010), Summit of non-aligned initiatives in education culture (2007), Imaginary Property (2005-2014), The Henningsvær Charter (2017).

Viktorija Šiaulytė is an independent curator and producer working within the fields of contemporary art, architecture and film. Since 2013, she has been a researcher and co-curator for the project A___Zooetics, organized by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program in Vilnius, Lithuania. 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. They are currently working on a research and documentary film project “Good Life” and have been awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research at UdK and transmediale, Berlin, Germany.

Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits are artists, educators, and cultural innovators, founders of RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga, curators of RIXC Art and Science festival, and chief editors of the Acoustic Space journal and book series. They are currently visiting lecturers in the MIT Art, Culture and Technology Program. Rasa and Raitas’ pioneering internet project, Xchange Net.Radio Network, was awarded the PRIX Ars Electronica (1998). More recently, Talk to Me, a human-plant communication project, and Biotricity, a real-time data visualization and multi-channel sound installation exploring a poetics of green energy, have been exhibited in HeK Basel (2012), Ars Electronica Center Linz (2013-2014), National Science and Technology Museum Stockholm (2015), Van Abbe Museum for Modern and Contemporary Arts (2016), and ZKM (2017-2018). Rasa and Raitis are working on Swamp Radio, an immersive visualization and sonification environment, which will be presented in the Swamp Pavilion, curated by Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas, at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial.

Kim Tallbear is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. Building on lessons learned about how settler states engage in biological colonialism, Kim also studies the colonization of Indigenous sexuality, including compulsory monogamy and the imposition of state-sanctioned marriage. She combines anthropological approaches with community-based research, arts-based research, and performance. She co-produces the Edmonton decolonial sexy storytelling show, Tipi Confessions, modeled on the popular Austin, Texas show, Bedpost Confessions. Tipi Confessions has also appeared in Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Vancouver. Shows are planned for Toronto, Winnipeg, Seattle, and New Zealand. Kim is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

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. The Urbonas’s work has been exhibited at the São Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju biennales, and Folkestone Triennial; at the Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions; and in solo shows at the Venice Biennale and the MACBA in Barcelona among others. Urbonas co-edited Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT Press, 2017) an examination of the complex interrelations between the creation and uses of public space and the roles that art plays therein. Urbonas are curating the upcoming “Swamp pavilion” – future learning environment at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. Gediminas Urbonas is Associate Professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (MIT). Nomeda Urbonas is PhD researcher at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) and MIT research affiliate. 

Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University, where he is also founding director of 3CT: The Center for Critical and Cultural Theory. His books include Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (2003), What Is Posthumanism? (2010), and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2013). He has also participated in multi-author projects involving J.M. Coetzee, Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell, Paola Cavalieri, and others. Since 2007 he has been founding editor of the series ­Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published over forty volumes to date. 

Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist and writer interested in socio-technical objects. His current work explores decentralization organizations such as swarms, mycelia, and markets within the context of aesthetics, cryptography, and work. He works with film, installation and software, and is a first year graduate student in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. Recent projects and exhibitions include Cross-feed at Glasgow International (2018), vdrome.org (online), Vorephilia: The Opera at the Cambridge Junction, ALL CHANNELS OPEN at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire (2017) and Hereafter at The White Building, London (2017). Gary has held residencies at PRAKSIS, SPACE Art & Technology, London; Oslo; Collusion AI Lab, Centre for the Future of Intelligence; BALTIC, Gateshead; CCA, Glasgow and Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn. He is a curatorial advisor for Science Gallery London’s Dark Matter season (2019), and a regular contributor for Frieze and Elephant magazines.

Organized by:

Jutempus and the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology: Gediminas Urbonas (MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology), Nomeda Urbonas (ACT, and NTNU, Norway), Viktorija Siaulyte (Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program), Kristupas Sabolius (Vilnius University), Laura Knott (MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology), Lars Bang Larsen (Royal Institute of Art), Laura Serejo Genes (MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology)

The Zooetics+ Symposium at MIT is co-produced by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program and sponsored, in addition, by the Office of the Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning, MIT.

A___Zooetics is part of the Outreach and Education Programme of Frontiers in Retreat project (EACEA 2013-1297) and is funded with support from the European Commission as well as Lithuanian Council for Culture. This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained herein.

 

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.

Zooetics+ Symposium

April 27 - 28, 2018

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology 20 Ames Street, E15-212 Wiesner Building Cambridge, MA 02142

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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