8 online sessions*
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00 GMT+1
Starting April 20th to June 8th

180€ registration fee
    
Registration and more info at:
studies@instituteforpostnaturalstudies.org


*Online format throughout the whole seminar



With the participation of:


SINOPSIS

            The idea of a romanticized nature as a background scenario or neutral framework where human activity takes place is no longer valid, and must be replaced by a broader and more complex reflection. The natural environment can no longer be read only as a resource that is managed, nor one that imposes the circumstances to which we must adapt, but as one of the main cultural constructions of modernity.  This seminar will revolve around the concept of Postnature, understanding it as a political subject and place in conflict, and will function as a debate platform from which to investigate, deepen, communicate and discuss new approaches to artistic practice through the political ecology, post-natural aesthetics, and the creation of new ethics that contribute to the definitive dissolution of the nature-culture binomial.

            The loss of centrality of the human, the consequences of anthropic action, environmental aesthetics, the alterity or the reproductions and displacements of natural phenomena, have reconfigured throughout the last century the way in which thought compromises or problematizes the natural, generating a discussion that blurs the limits between aesthetics, ethics and politics.This relationship, often conflicting and antagonistic, has been strongly discussed from many perspectives, and today has become a fundamental controversy for understanding the transformations of contemporary culture. Postnature will navigate concepts and terms such as the Anthropocene and its multiple meanings, ecological parliaments and perspectivism, colonialism and necropolitics associated with resources, Object-Oriented Ontology or ecofeminisms in order to, theoretically and through critical sessions but also through practical experiences, articulate a change of perspective regarding the problem of Nature in the contemporary moment.



PROGRAM AND SESSIONS

︎Suggested reading
            The texts will be discussed and analyzed during the classes, and although the readings will always be optional, it is recommended to read and analyze at least one of the proposed texts per session to facilitate group discussion and conversation.

︎Online material
            All bibliographic material, as well as complementary audiovisual content, interviews and texts related to the course will be available in a shared folder on the network. Each week the recommended texts for the following session will be uploaded, as well as other bibliography that goes deeper into each topic. Although most of the original documents are only in English, we have tried to ensure that the texts we share in class are always translated. In addition, there will be a space to share material of interest among all participants.

︎Guests
            As an important part of the seminar, we will try to expand the network of affinities and contacts with artists, architects and thinkers with whom we will share their creative processes, their view on the problem of Nature, as well as discussion sessions on the proposed lines of research. 

CALENDAR
Syllabus, activities and suggested bibliography.

  • Session I 
Postnatural Anarcheologies


  • Session II
Aesth(ethics) of Postapocalipsis / FOCUS I - Contemporary artistic practices.

︎Suggested reading
- Lord Byron. Darkness. 1816
- Latour, Bruno. Waiting for Gaia. 2011
- Morton, Timothy. Ecology without Nature. 2016

︎Suggested bibliography
- Ballard, J. The Drowned World. 1962
- Sloterdijk, Peter. Terror from the Air, trans. Amy Patton and Steve Corcoran. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2009
- Morton, Timothy. Hyperobjects. 2013
- Di Palma, Vittoria. Wasteland, a history. 2014
- Dörries, Matthias. “The Politics of Atmospheric Sciences: ‘Nuclear Winter’ and Global Climate Change,” Osiris, vol. 26, no. 1. 2011
- Horn, Eva. The last man. 2014
- Parikka, Jussi. A Geology of Media. University of Minnesota Press 2015


  • Session III 
Un(vealing) the Anthropocene I: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene, Antrobscene

︎Suggested reading
- Haraway, Donna J., Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene. 2016
- Parikka, Jussi. (Interview) Media Archaeology Out of Nature. 2015
- Jason Moore. Antropocene vs Capitalocene. 2018

︎Suggested bibliography
- Haraway, Donna J. “Staying with the Trouble: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,” in Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism, ed. Jason W. Moore. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2016
- Davis, Heather and Turpin, Etienne. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. 2016
- Latour, Bruno. “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern,” Critical Inquiry, vol. 30, no. 2. 2004
- Paul, James and B. Steger, Manfred. “Levels of  Subjective Globalization: Ideologies, Imaginaries, Ontologies,” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. 2013
- Demos, T.J. Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture
and Environment Today. 2017


  • Session IV 
Un(vealing) the Anthropocene II: FOCUS II - Contemporary artistic practices.


  • Session V 
Postnatural Ecologies I

︎Suggested reading
- Braidotti, Rosi. Posthuman Affirmative Politics. Introducción. 2018
- Beyond Human. Various. Bartlebooth. 2018
- Steyerl, Hito. The Wretched of the Screen, 2012
- Haraway, Donna J. Like a leaf. (fragmentos) 2018

︎Suggested bibliography
- Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Duke University Press. 2009
- Braidotti, Rosi. Transposiciones. 2009
- Stringer, Anna-Sophie & Turpin, Etienne. Land & Animal & Nonanimal. 2014
- Morton, Timothy. Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia University Press). 2016.
- Demos, T.J. Art after Nature: The Post-natural Condition. 2017


  • Session VI ** 
The garden of Delights: Geopolitics and botanics, displacements of seeds and bodies.

Virtual visit to the Botanical Garden of Madrid


  • Session VII **
Postnatural Ecologies II - FOCUS III - Prácticas artísticas contemporáneas


  • Session VIII 
Invited speaker


Mark

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