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
Critical Earth Browsing: Virtual Postnatural Landscapes

Critical Hearth Browsing: Virtual Postnatural Landscapes

No. of Sessions

7 sessions

120 min. each

Date

Starting May 17th

to June 28th

Time

Tuesdays

19:00 to 21:00 GMT+1

Price

150€

Link

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.

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. From the Institute for Postnatural Studies we are launching our Critical Earth Browsing, an open research group to investigate the postnatural framework during one and a half months of virtual tours through some of the most interesting postnatural landscapes of the planet. From an experimental approach to academic and artistic research, combined with active participation and new modes of sharing experience in the digital media, we will examine concepts, territories and images related to contemporary ecologies. Mapping is never neutral, passive or without consequence, so it is important to abandon the tendency to understand maps in terms of what they represent, and rather focus on what they do. This research group will investigate not only landscapes and territories, but also navigational platforms, which as intermediary artifacts, move away from the notion of maps as static objects towards a new variety of territorial, political and psychological processes that generate space. New navigational and visualization platforms such as GoogleEarth are no longer solely compositional arrangements of objects and surfaces, they are in fact much more than that. CRITICAL EARTH BROWSING: Virtual Postnatural Landscapes will become an online platform where the experience of virtual spaces can no longer be separated from the complex geopolitical layers they obscure. Through this virtual research group we will navigate different territories to assemble a constellation of texts, screenshots, archival documents, videos and drawings. Critical EarthBrowsing is open to all publics. Thinkers, artists, researchers in any field are welcome.

Sessions

Session I On Borders: Nature as a Cultural Construct Through national parks, nature reserves, infrastructures, and other landscapes that challenge the relationship between nature and culture, we will investigate how the idea of nature has always been linked to the creation of borders, of boundaries that divide and separate two realities that we must now rethink as a whole. This journey will explore a complex atlas of territories from which to discuss nature as a cultural construct, through its political ecologies and environmental aesthetics, behavioral boundaries, protocol barriers, and political and geopolitical limits. Session II Archaeologies of Containment The concept of containment arises from the idea that isolation leads to stagnation, and has been central to territorial and political policies, materialized as a set of strategies and design techniques to avoid losses in storage facilities, usually of toxic, waste, radioactive, and harmful materials. In this context, we will travel around different disposal infrastructures; Postnatural architectures designed to confine waste and built to remain intact for thousands of years. These eternal monuments are the result of the political economies of selection of the territories where waste could, if not disappear, remain almost invisible, safe, and controlled. Session III Landscapes of the Capitalocene If the Capitalocene addresses how our ecological crises have been precipitated not by humans in some undifferentiated and generalized way, but more specifically by the global spread of capitalism and its socio-economic-ecological injustices, a contemporary understanding of its territories must reflect the definitive abandonment of a romantic vision of landscape, and enter into the new post-natural territories as the new reality from which to act. Artificial deserts, infrastructural lakes, and waterfalls, mines, technological waste cemeteries, or territories derived from nuclear technology, as well as many other operations in the territory derived from modernity and which share the post-natural condition, require a new approach in the relations with our environments.

Session IV Sacrificio ‘Sacrificio’ is an interactive web project, a comprehensive work (Gesamtkunstwerk) that incorporates different arts such as music, sculpture, digital arts, architecture, and photography.

This virtual environment emulates a part of the Chiribiquete, a site that some describe as the "Sistine Chapel" of the archeology of America. It is currently a protected park and considered one of the largest biodiversity centers in Colombia, and being a mixed heritage of UNESCO, it has the largest number of pictograms painted by indigenous communities in the region.

This project seeks to protect this majestic place by creating awareness about the decreasing biodiverse wealth due to our forms of production and consumption as humans in the world. Using technology to create this parallel universe that arises from digital scans and immersive music, we want to invite visitors to navigate in the new memories of this sacred place through a multidisciplinary art experience.

The flourishing of Sacrificio stems from the idea of multispecies respons-ability, from a tentacular thought that detracts from humanity's centrality and asks how we live in times of extinction, extermination and partial recovery (Van Dooren). It is also born of the recognition that we have never been the absolute center of the world and that a mourning for the environment should open us to an awareness of our (inter) dependence.

sacrificio.xyz Session V Gardens Islands, Laboratories: Botany and Geopolitics We will travel through some of the most interesting botanical gardens in the world, through parks and biosphere reserves, and through islands and laboratories for experiments with plants and flora. In these complex post-natural infrastructures, the movement of their seeds, the hierarchization of species, and their organization and design, link nature to the colonial project. These structures condense many layers of information; social customs, beliefs and rituals, and power relations. These bounded and sanitized natures actually form a broader geopolitical project. Session VI Closure Session This session will invite participants to share their research, places, or territories from which to further expand the notion of postnature in the digital environment. Through a group journey with interventions, the aim is to create a global and choral vision of the themes and places investigated during the process.