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
After the Future

After the Future

Nº of sessions

8 sessions

120 min each

Dates

From November 2020

To December 2020

Time

From 19:00 to 21:00

(CET / CEST)

Language

Spanish

In the face of the increasingly apparent gravity of the environmental and civilizational crisis, new versions of an ancient idea of the "end of the world" are proliferating. The transformation of our species from a simple biological or social agent to a geological force capable of affecting the planetary system and its destiny - a situation that has given rise to the formulation of the controversial concept of "Anthropocene" - produces metaphysical anguish that contrasts with the optimism of the technophilic discourse. This seminar, taking the book There is a World to Come. An Essay on Fears and Ends by Viveiros de Castro and Deborah Danowski aims to analyze the current proliferation of narratives about the end of the world, understanding them as attempts to invent mythology appropriate to the present that orients us in the face of the collapse of the distinction between nature and culture.

Speakers

Uriel Fogué (elii / GCFP) Ph.D. architect by the UPM (extraordinary prize doctoral thesis course 2014-15; doctoral thesis finalist in the X Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, 2016). Professor at the European University of Madrid. Co-directs the architecture office elii, which was part of the Spanish Pavilion at the XV Venice Architecture Biennale (awarded the Golden Lion 2016). He has two works selected for the European Union Prize For Contemporary Architecture Mies Van Der Rohe Award (2015, 2019). His work Yojigen Poketto was selected as one of the 20 visionary domestic spaces of the last 100 years in the exhibition 'Home Stories 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors', at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (2020). He has won the First Prize of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid (2017). Apart from that, he has been recognized on 5 other occasions with the Madrid College of Architects Award (2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2006). He obtained the FAD Award (Opinion - 2005) and was a finalist for the same (2018), among several other recognitions. Apart from that, Uriel Fogué co-directs the Gabinete de Crisis de Ficciones Políticas. He is co-author of the book: What is Home Withour a Mother (HIAP - MataderoMadrid, 2015), awarded at the XIII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2015; co-editor of the book: Planos de intersección: materiales para un diálogo entre filosofía y arquitectura (Lampreave, 2011); and co-editor of the publication UHF, included in the Archivo de Creadores de Madrid.

Alejandro Galliano Studied at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires. He teaches history of political ideas at that university and collaborates in various media as a cultural critic, focusing on the relationship between culture, technology and capitalism. He is the author of Los dueños del futuro. Vida y obra, secretos y mentiras de los empresarios del siglo XXI (Planeta, 2017, together with Hernán Vanoli) and ¿Por qué el capitalismo puede soñar y nosotros no? Breve manual de las ideas de izquierda para pensar el futuro (Siglo XXI, 2020).

Gabriel Alonso Architect and artist, trained between ETSAM (Madrid), Technische Universität (Berlin), and Columbia University at the MS-CCCP, where he graduated with honors with his research thesis An Archaeology of Containment thanks to a LaCaixa Postgraduate scholarship. Founder of the Institute of Postnatural Studies, he currently directs the seminar After Nature: Postnature and Contemporary Creation, a platform for research and debate from which to discuss new approaches to artistic practice through political ecology, post-natural aesthetics, and new ethics of creation that contribute to the definitive dissolution of the nature-culture binomial. His work has been exhibited in different galleries and international exhibitions, such as Eco-visionaries 2019 at Matadero (Madrid), Petra at the Archaeological Museum of Mahón 2019 (Menorca), John Doe Gallery 2018 (New York), IIAF 2018 (New York), Poor Media Leuven 2016 (Belgium), Espacio Las Aguas 2015 (Madrid), Neuköln Art Festival 2013 (Berlin) among others. He has been an assistant professor at Barnard College of Columbia University (Nyc) and in the Master in Advanced Architecture at ETSAM, and has given several lectures in different international institutions, museums, and universities. In 2013 he created Paper / Architectural Histamine, a platform for contemporary thought, from where he edits several publications, conceived as tools to explore new ideas around the architectural experience. In 2015, he received the FAD Award for Thought and Criticism for his periodicals Desert, and in 2016, he was awarded one of the prestigious Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Grants.

Lucrecia Masson Transdisciplinary and with impurity as a principle, she transits the fields of art, theory, and activism. Writing, research, performance, or teaching are some of the forms that her work takes, from anti-racist, transfeminist, bodily, and sexual dissidence positions. She studied the Independent Studies Program -PEI (MACBA-UAB) in 2014-2015 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy with a thesis on ruminants, body, and nature. She is part of the Colectivo Ayllu with whom she coordinates the Programa Orientado a Prácticas Subalternas -POPS and the Grupo Latinoamericano de Estudios Formación y Acción Feminista -GLEFAS.

aliwen She is a critic, independent curator, teacher, and researcher in the fields of art, anarchy, decolonialism, and sexualities. Mapuche warriache (from the city), champurria (mestiza) and epu püllü (two spirits). Activist for human rights, especially those of the LGTBIAK+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS. She was chosen in 2020 as a Monbukagakusho scholar of the Japanese state to study a postgraduate degree in visual arts curatorship and transculturalism at Tokyo University of the Arts. She currently collaborates with media such as A*Desk (Barcelona), Artishock (Santiago de Chile), and Terremoto (Mexico City).

Laura Benítez Ph.D. in Philosophy, researcher and independent curator. Her research connects philosophy, art(s), and technoscience. Currently, her work revolves around the practices of bio-art, biohacking, bio-resistance processes, civil biodesobedience, and non-human agents. She teaches Critical and Cultural Studies at La Massana (Art and Design Center) and is an external professor of Technology at Elisava. She has worked as a coordinator at the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona/CCCB. She has been a guest researcher at the Ars Electronica Center and the Center for Studies and Documentation of MACBA. She has also been invited to different international institutions such as Interface Cultures Kunstuniersität Linz, Sónar Festival (Bcn/Hong Kong), Royal Academy of Arts London, and the University of Puerto Rico. She is currently collaborating on different research projects, both academic and autonomous, and is a regular contributor to Hangar. https://laurabenitezvalero.com/