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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
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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Precious Strata
Film Series
Reprogramming Time
Negative Commons
Nature's healing
Techno Nature
Pimoa Cthulhu
Acidic Waters

Acidic Waters. Designing for coexistence

Nº of sessions

6 sessions

120 min each


March 31st

To May 5th


From 19:00 to 21:00




In collaboration with


Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia

“With increased acidification in freshwater ecosystems, there will be a decrease in biodiversity, with the increased loss of acid-sensitive species”

The Effect of Coal Utilization Emissions on Natural and Man-managed Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems". Environmental Impacts of Coal Mining & Utilization. Elsevier. 1987

At a time of ecological fragility, a review of the extractivist approach we continue to exercise over the planet's natural resources is necessary in order to experiment with new methodologies for eco-social transition. The critical situation of water, a natural, public resource, inherent to human rights and fundamental for the development of our ecologies, proves the reality that our ecosystem is fragile and dependent on many other agents. Understanding water as a political subject can be key to imagine new contexts in which to experiment and think about future ways of relating.

Acidic Waters is an online seminar that will delve into the possibilities that speculative design offers for the generation of new desirable futures. New narratives that can lead us to deploy a relationship with water, understanding it as a space for debate, a place of mediation and a resource for speculation and proposition. In this aspect, a design exercise based on future projection processes can stimulate and give rise to a critical review of both our thinking and our material practices.


31/ 03 / 2022 - Institute for Postnatural Studies New operational frameworks are proposed, new theoretical climates from which to approach the relationships between design and ecology, between society and object, between public space and private space. Taking advantage of this water context, of tributaries, subway springs and flows of knowledge, thought is introduced as a support for the practice of contemporary design. A bet that understands reflection as action, the future as something to be defined, and the present as a context to be modified hand in hand with all the voices and agents that make up the new ecologies that surround us.

07 / 04 / 2022 - Marcin Rusak Marcin Rusak (born in 1987, Warsaw, Poland) is an artist and multidisciplinary designer interested in ideas of value, ephemerality and aesthetics. Specializing in storytelling, process and material investigation his work often incorporates research, object and installation as well as visual creations to explore overlooked details of our lives which recreated and re-imagined are shown again in a different light.

14 / 04 / 2022 - Speculative EDU SpeculativeEdu is an educational project funded by ERASMUS+, the European Union program for education, training, youth, and sport, with the aim of strengthening speculative design education by collecting and exchanging existing knowledge and experience whilst developing new methods in the field of speculative design. Its scope is to collect, exchange, reflect upon, develop, and advance educational practice in the area of speculative design and its self-critical approach.

21 / 04 / 2022 - Erez Nevi Pana Nevi Pana’s investigations of salt have developed into a long-term research project; he has been working with salt in the Dead Sea for the past eight years—investigating the devastating imbalance of an over-abundance of salt caused by the industrialization and mineral extraction of the region. The culmination of this research is a body of work entitled Bleached (2018), where Pana submerges wooden structures encased in loofah into the Dead Sea to absorb the wasted salt, which then crystallize like coral formations over time.

28 / 04 / 2022 - Verónica Gerber Bicecci Verónica Gerber Bicecci is a visual artist who writes. She has published the books: Mudanza, La Compañía, Otro día… (poemas sintéticos), Empty Set, which won the 3rd International Aura Estrada Literature prize and the Otra Mirada Cálamo prize, and Migrant Words. Some of his most recent projects and visual interventions are: the vocabulary b in muca Roma, Mexico City; at the Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas; and the curatorial tale In Bambi's Eye at Whitechapel Gallery, London. She was an editor at the Tumbona editions cooperative and a tutor at the Photographic Production Seminar at the Centro de la Imagen. She is currently part of the soma teaching team and is a scholarship holder of the Fonca National System of Art Creators.

15 / 05 / 2022 - Ippolito Pestellini (2050+) Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is an architect and curator based in Milan. He is the founder of the interdisciplinary agency 2050+. Currently, he teaches at the Royal College of Arts in London. Pestellini has recently co-curated Manifesta’s 12th edition (2018) taking place in Palermo and has edited Palermo Atlas, the preparatory investigation on the Sicilian capital (Humboldt books, 2018). Between 2007 and 2019 he worked as an architect and partner at OMA where his work focused on research and curation, scenography, and preservation.

In collaboration with MAYRIT

Opening in 2021, MAYRIT is a design event that reflects on the Biennial format from the point of view of research and proposal, in order to establish itself on a continuous basis in the city of Madrid. Through a critical review of its structure, it is defined both as a platform for the generation of content and as a network of opportunities and care for the collective of designers in the city. This is the proposal that the Institute for Postnatural Studies has developed to shape the conceptual framework commissioned by MAYRIT, which set the bases for the upcoming design biennale.