Studies
Registrations Open
Postnatural Independent Program 2023

The first edition of the Postnatural Independent Program (PIP) will explore the new implications of postnature as a framework for contemporary creation. In the form of an experimental educational platform, we will speculate and question not only contemporary ecologies but also new academic approaches and radical notions of learning together.

2023/02/01 2023/07/16
Registrations Open
Seminar
Hydro Futures / Memory Ecologies

Hydro Futures / Memory Ecologies is a program in which to explore the relationship between Afrofuturism and ecological thinking. Afrofuturism is a means to redefine the connections of land and space and to imagine kinships that can become technologies (as a way of connecting people), through water as an archive and time travel.

2022/11/29
Registrations Open
Seminar
Xenoxenoxeno

We will play with the political potential of imagining new worlds through academic research and artistic proposals. In the process of creating desirable futures and collaborative healing, we may find unexpected joys that unite us in the contemporary ecological crisis. This experimental seminar requires active participation.

2022/11/17 2022/12/22
Ongoing
Seminar
New Ecologies: Decentralizing the human through contemporary practices

This seminar will examine the glossaries that characterize new ecologies, analyzing inter-species articulations, cultural productions, ecological awareness, and the challenges of artistic, design, research, and curatorial practices in today’s climate crisis.

2022/10/19 2022/11/23
Ongoing
Seminar
Mutability & Mutualism Vol. II

At the scale of the individual—the organism—Queerness is mutability: it is the power of transformation; of shapeshifting, fluency, and the freedom to move from form to form; of code-switching, mimicry, flamboyance, delight; of subtlety, grace, and the embrace of fluidity. It plays in contrast to rigidity, permanence, and stasis; to one way of being. It is a metamorphosis and a constant becoming.

2022/10/18 2022/11/22
Seminar
Critical Earth Browsing: Virtual Postnatural Landscapes

We want you to travel and think with us. We invite you to be part of our first virtual research group. Join us in the browsing and investigation of some of the most interesting, complex and intriguing postnatural landscapes through six virtual journeys.

2022/06/22 2022/07/27
Seminar
Mutability & Mutualism

To make sense of the broad constellation of practices that emerge from Queer Ecology, we examine at two scales: the individual and the collective. As we explore, the binary distinction between these scales quickly blurs and blends.

2022/05/17 2022/06/18
Seminar
Encounters at the Edge

We believe that "the edge" can be one experimental space, and "thinking at the edge" one of the practices to enable us to open the possibility of thinking and imagining beyond the categories and boundaries that hold us captive.

2022/02/11 2022/09/15
Seminar
Postnature and Contemporary Creation

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.

2021/04/20 2021/06/08
Seminar
After the Future

This seminar consisted of theoretical and practical sessions that allowed us, by guiding us through different case studies, to prepare ourselves to resist the present and thus create a new earth for the world to come.

2020/10/20 2020/12/15
Design
Seminar
Acidic Waters

he seminar will have six sessions, which will focus on different aspects from which speculation can lead us to a fluid and proactive practice through this watery medium. Designers, writers, thinkers and creatives will share their practices and thinking during the conversations, open to participants, in order to understand the urgency of incorporating design processes into the contemporary ecological debate.

2022/03/31 2022/05/05
Seminar
Echoes of the South

In the seminar Echoes from the South we will delve into research and practices that analyze and propose responses to the mechanisms, manifestations, representations and consequences that the colonial enterprise has provoked, from its beginnings to the present day, through the subjugation of nature as a commodity for the pursuit of its economic and political interests. Six authors will give voice to pre-existing and coexisting ontologies in different contexts, vindicating other histories that have been annulled through Western models.

2020/10/07 2020/11/11
Research
Open Call
Composting Fields #3

Composting Fields proposes an experimental format of knowledge production whose aim is to give space to the work of young thinkers and artists. By the creation of a safe working space, it generates a collective exchange around a specific work. This process materializes in a performative video that illustrates the relationship between the thesis, the process of sharing and its links to Visual Culture.

2022/11/11 2022/12/04
Exhibition
Soft Matter, Deep Time

Through interventions in specific places in the environment and a series of devices that blur the natural and cultural lines, we invite the experience and estrangement to be part of a complex ecosystem. Soft Matter, Deep Time activates a multi-species framework where biology, geology, and fiction dissolve.

2022/06/30 2022/07/02
Exhibition
A Green Jade Lake

Through themes such as coexistence, botany, territorial politics, or aesthetics associated with the representation of nature, the exhibition is understood as a constellation of investigations, installations, and objects that creates open and transforming universes, bringing us closer to ecology from different perspectives.

2021/10/13 2022/02/14
The Political Dimension of The Invisible

Text elaborated by the Institute for Postnatural Studies that continues the line of research that arose thanks to the participation in the residency "El Aire Tiene Peso" at MediaLab Prado, developed together with the mediator and researcher Silvia Teixeira.

De-sterilising Design

This research traces the relations between hygiene, microbes and domestic design through the concept of sterilisation, shifting from a one-sided concern with human health to a postnatural perspective in which relationships between species come to the fore. To achieve a post-anthropocentric approach toward contemporary design, we propose looking at contemporary philosophers and scientists such as Donna Haraway, Anna Tsing, and Lynn Margulis to stop perceiving microorganisms as a threat in design and instead see them as our allies for interdisciplinary practices of co-designing.

Island of Simulation: A Tropical Playground

Island of Simulation: A Tropical Playground, a research project by artist Andrea Carrillo, explores the technological, ethical, and aesthetic implications embedded in the simulation of tropical ecosystems. The narrative is set against the Climatron, a geodesic dome greenhouse built in the 1960s in St. Louis, Missouri that attempted to simulate the climate zones of Hawaii, Java, the Indies, and the Amazon for research and spectacle purposes.

Archive
Precious Strata
Film Series
2021
Reprogramming Time
Residency
2020
Negative Commons
Conversation
2020
Nature's healing
Conversation
2020
Techno Nature
Conversation
2020
Pimoa Cthulhu
Residency
2020
Formafantasma
Conversation
2020
Speculative Interviews

Speculative Interviews

Guests

La Casa Encendida Radio

Pablo Durango, Fabiana Vinagre, Costa Badía, Javier Cruz, María Jerez, María Acaso

Typology

Podcast

Year

2021 / 2022

Image by Institute for Postnatural Studies

This program is a space in which to participate in the visualization of futures, navigating between utopia and dystopia, the dreamlike and the real, the possible and the impossible. Through these types of dialogues, we can project images of new desirable worlds, attending to, cultivating, and caring for the relationships between their agents, both human and non-human, and their ecosystems. We propose to imagine worlds within worlds, people within universes, and worlds together as new frameworks from which to understand postnature, and thus enhance relationships between different fields of knowledge that blur the boundaries between artistic and academic research, theory and practice, science and art, culture and nature.

Episodes

Pablo Durango "This cosmic identity, as it moves through the universe, is dying, but dying not perhaps in the human concept, but disintegrating to become part of the universe in another way. It is like a kind of transformation of energy that is releasing small pieces in the form of asteroids that are falling into different planets of the Milky Way. One of the pieces fell on a human settlement a long time ago, before the Roman Empire existed, near the area of the Roman Empire. So, these meteorite pieces, being a very otherworldly thing, the people of that time interpreted it as a kind of gift from the gods and they started to worship this substance and at a certain point they thought of ingesting this substance as if it was a kind of drug...".

Fabiana Vinagre "In this home, I focused a lot on the objects, on the things that are in the home that make up the home, but beyond their utility and their practical function, they configure the space and configure how to be in that space. And everyone has a very different relationship with those objects. So, from there we began to test the sounds, how an object sounds beyond its use, beyond the way I normally manipulate that object, like looking at a body and seeing it from another angle than its functionality. Conversations are generated there, conversations based on the objects, conversations without words, only with sounds, and the objects show microworlds within a home as if many corners are universes. It also reminds me of a story that tells that in every corner of a room there is a world that has different worlds inside. And for me, the objects are a way of opening a portal to those worlds."

Costa Badía "I imagine a space that transforms continuously, a jelly space that transforms depending on the person who needs it. It moves, just like the stairs at Hogwarts, the stairs that move from one side to the other, that's how I imagine it in terms of architectural accessibility. And then I think it is essential to educate and train the people who work in the museum, in my case to talk about functional diversity, but also to talk about any kind of diversity. What happens is that it is also complicated to understand that there are many ways of living. People can more or less empathize with functional diversity, although it is often from the point of view of pity, from the "poor thing". I imagine a gelatinous space, with gelatinous people."

Javier Cruz "How nice to think that our body doesn't end at the nostrils or the mouth, but ends at the bottom of the organ. The pituitary ends much farther, even down to the endocrine system. Just as the terrestrial body does not end in the siliceous crust, but ends in the stratosphere, and in between, there are many layers. Those who have told us what our planet looks like from far away describe a body that ends in its most gaseous zone, which is the one that escapes a little bit more from gravity or from the atoms that are a little bit more accelerated and that heat up and goes away and move away, but that is exactly the same as ours."

María Jerez  "I believe that a child can teach you the same as an adult. For example, in María va a la escuela, a project in which the children of a school teach me their language that I don't know, it is interesting precisely how they begin to speculate when they don't know exactly the exact meaning of a word. I don't know the language, but they don't know how to teach it to me. So they have to invent how to teach it to me. The methodology is precisely the lack of it. In that not knowing appears a power that has nothing to do with the idea of exercise and the search for its solution, but in entering a place of darkness, where neither you nor I know. I try to start with a very simple statement, knowing that the statement is only the excuse to get out of it."

María Acaso  "Orgies should be a daily affective-sexual format, because that is what was lived in prehistoric times. What is really strange is that, in order to have sex, you have to be only two people, heterosexuals, in a room and on top of that you have to do it all your life with the same person. That's just crazy. On the other hand, no, what is crazy is that several people get together and have sex. Besides, we have the imaginary of Eyes Wide Shut and if it's not that, it's not an orgy. Well, no. What's more, I think it would be much more interesting to live sexuality in a public space like nature or for that to be normal and ordinary."

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