As a theoretical addition to our ongoing series Nonhuman Agents (June - December 2017) Art Laboratory Berlin - along with our partners, The Institute for Arts and Media, University of Potsdam - will bring together international artists, scholars, and scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic, philosophical, ethical and scientific approaches to nonhuman agency. Previous positions from our Nonhuman Subjectivities series (2016-17) will also be included.
The conference will start with a reflection on post-anthropocentrism
by redefining intelligence (human, animal and plant intelligence),
agency and sentience. An in-depth consideration will include the
role of fungi: mycelium, the Internet of trees and yeasts. Microbial
agency will be explored via the phenomenon of quorum sensing and
biofilms, proposing a micro-subjectivity. There will be contributions
on the microbiome and holobiome, taking into consideration the human
as nonhuman. We want to open up a discussion to endosymbiosis and
sympoiesis, reflecting symbiotic relationships, horizontal gene
transfer and the role of Lynn Margulis in 21st century Biology and
Science and Technology Studies. Finally, the conference will discuss
nonhuman perspectives under threat and proposes an ethology for
the techno-scientific era.
Sunday, 26 November, 2017
Nonhuman Perspectives Under Threat
#6th species extinction #human destruction of environment #anthropocene
Moderator: Pablo Rojas
Mary Maggic (Artist, Vienna)
From Molecular Colonization to Molecular Collaborations
David Sepkoski (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science,
Are We Experiencing a 'Sixth Extinction' and Does it Matter?
Beyond the Animal as Machine. Ethology in the Age of Technoscience
#animal-machine interfaces #ethology #Uexküll
Christian de Lutz
Birgit Schneider (Media Ecology, Institute for Arts and Media, University
Through the Eye of an Animal. Uexküll’s Perceptual
Worlds in 360°?
Robertina Šebjanic (Artist, Ljubljana)
Sounds of Troubled Worlds = Songs for Serenity
Vivian Xu (Artist, Designer, Shanghai)
The Silkworm Project
15:00 Final Discussion - END