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
Echoes of the South

Echoes of the South. Perspectives on Political Ecology, Colonialism and Nature

Nº of sessions

6 sessions

120 min each

Date

From Oct. 7th

To Nov. 11th

Time

From 19:00 to 21:00

(CET / CEST)

Language

English

From our approach to postnature, aiming to complexify the knowledge of the natural and the development of new empathies, we believe it is essential to know and reflect on the different perspectives on the consequences that colonialism has had and has had on the coexistence between humans, non-humans and their environments, as well as on the territory and the complex relationships that constitute it.

Brief

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.

Marisol de la Cadena, Susana Vargas, Azucena Castro, Paloma Contreras, Jonathan Castro, among other guests, will delve into issues ranging from the intervention between indigenous communities and the territory to the landscape transformations caused by extractivist practices, or the instrumentalization of natural elements for the imposition of other narratives. In each session, we will work together to deepen our understanding of nature as a cultural construction, providing us with tools that will help us to review, disarm and reformulate possible forms of nature-culture relationship through artistic practice.

Speakers

07 / 10 / 2020 -Marisol de la Cadena At the intersection between STS (Science and Technology Studies) and non-STS, Marisol develops her work through what she calls "ontological openings", interested in the study of politics, multispecies (or multi-entities), indigenism, history and the ahistorical, anthropologies of the world and anthropologies of worlds. In all these areas his concern is with the relationship between concepts and methods and with interfaces as analytical sites. More prosaically, he is interested in ethnographic concepts that blur the distinction between theory and the empirical because they are not exempt from the latter. Website here

14 / 10 / 2020 - Susana Vargas Susana Vargas Cervantes writes, researches and teaches. Her work analyzes the connections between gender, sexuality, class and skin tones to reconceptualize the notion of pigmentocracy. She is the author of The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer (NYU Press, 2019) and Mujercitos (Editorial RM, 2015). She holds a PhD in Art History and Communication Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas and the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte at UNAM. After a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University, she joined the Department of Communication and Media at Carleton University. Website here

21 / 10 / 2020 - Azucena Castro Azucena Castro has recently received her PhD from the Department of Romantic and Classical Studies at Stockholm University with her thesis "Strange Ecologies. Postnatural readings of Latin American extended poems of the 21st century (Roxana Miranda Rupailaf, Daniel Samoilovich and Luigi Amara)". Azucena holds an M.A. in Spanish-oriented media culture literature from Lund University, a B.A. in Education, English and English Literature from the University of Córdoba, Argentina. In her doctoral dissertation she examines, through a corpus of contemporary long poems, how these Latin American writers manifest the current postnatural condition. In her research she focuses on the assemblages between the human and the non-human, the organic and the non-organic and the articulations between life and matter from a postnatural paradigm situated in the extractive zones of Latin America Website here 28 / 10 / 2020 - Beatriz Santiago Muñoz Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She works with the moving image with special attention to social structures and their relationship with aesthetics. Her works emerge from long periods of research, observation and documentation, in which the camera is present as an object with social implications and as a mediating instrument of aesthetic thought. The themes of his recent work have been politically charged: an artist accused of terrorism, post-military land, mega-factories, the relationship between artwork and labor, and a concrete poet/union leader. His work in film and video is always somewhere between performance and document, and at times it develops into a double existence. Website here

04 / 11 / 2020 - Paloma Contreras Paloma Contreras Lomas lives and works in Mexico City and is part of the art collective Biquini Wax EPS. Through drawing, sculpture, performance, writing and multimedia installation, she addresses issues of gender, violence, political structure and inheritance, class segregation and post-colonialism. Using the landscape as a witness in his videos, and through the creation of costumes and characters with anthropological character, he achieves rural portraits through the Mexican thriller and explores the exoticization of the indigenous class, colonial guilt and the constructed identity of the middle class. Using research and the approach to certain groups or localities, his work contains affective ties and sometimes shows an autobiographical projection. Website here

11 / 11 / 2020 - Jonathan Castro Jonathan Castro is a Peruvian graphic designer based in Amsterdam. His research from image and sound explores dark territories to move away from certainty and orient towards the unknown. With his work, he seeks to create possible scenarios that he imagines around the thought of identity and preservation but interpreted not in a literal or vernacular way but as vestiges or ruins to be discovered. He is interested in the relationship and fusion of opposing techniques, materials and textures, and software related to different contexts, reasons and times in order to build his own tools and languages of expression. Website here