Nonhuman Agents takes into account recent philosophical approaches which question anthropocentrism. These discourses emphasize the non-human perspectives through object-oriented ontology (Harman and Meillasoux); discuss nonhuman / human encounters (Haraway); postulate a 'posthumanism' (Braidotti); and examine various posthuman performative strategies such as intra-acting (Barad). A new 'de-centring' lets us draw our attention to a reality that can no longer be described in purely anthropocentric parameters.
Workshops & Lectures
Through workshops and lectures, four international artists, living
in Berlin, invite the public to think about the non-human by means
of selected artistic, performative and scientific methods. Mushrooms,
mosses, lichens and bacterial processes, as well as Berlin wetlands,
play a central role.
Alanna Lynch | Gut feelings
18 June, 2017
Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system
15 July, 2017
Theresa Schubert | The forestal psyche
26 & 27 August, 2017
Sarah Hermanutz | ill-at-ease seep
28 October 2017
Barnett + plan b (Sophia New & Daniel Belasco Rogers) | Swarm
| Cell | City
& 24 September, 2017
This 2-day workhop is a participatory experiment on art, performance
and biology that precedes the exhibition Nonhuman Networks.
The project invites the participants to view the city of Berlin
by the nonhuman perspectives of the intelligent single-cell organism
Physarum polycephalum and GPS tracking.
with Mirjan Švagelj & Anil Podgornik
29 September, 2017 | Exhibition runs: 30 September - 26 November,
Mirjan Švagelj und Anil Podgornik, Myconnect, Installation,
exhibition presents an aesthetics of new forms of communication
between human and non-human actors. How does the world's largest
single celled creature function as a computer? Can we tap into the
so-called 'Internet of trees'? Performative works act as enablers
for the audience to engage in non-linguistic forms of awareness
and contact with several deceptively simple life forms.
Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory
24-26 November, 2017
Finally, an interdisciplinary conference will bring together international
artists, scholars, and natural scientists from different disciplines
to discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches
to nonhuman agents. The previous positions from the Nonhuman
Subjectivities series will also be taken into account.
the generous support of:
and the Slovenian Cultural Center in Berlin