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
Encounters at the Edge

Encounters at the Edge

No. of Sessions

10 sessions

120 min each

Date

Starting Oct. 2021

To June 2022

Time

Wednesdays

19:00 to 21:00

Language

English

More info

Link

Metamorphosis, from the encounter with Emanuele Coccia, 2022

We conceive these encounters as a series of thought-provoking exercises to think with entities, objects, ideas, actions, and events at the edges of categories, states, and conditions: death/alive, organic/inorganic, real/fiction, material/immaterial, one/many, us/other, human/non-human, visible/invisible, perceptible/imperceptible, accounted/unaccounted, past/present/future, active/passive, biology/geology.

We intend each of these encounters to work as sites to provoke a particular type of thinking-- the slash is the entity-- that forces us to reveal, and reckon with, questions such as: What kind of possibilities, promises, monsters, dangers--and in between-- are revealed by placing ourselves ‘at the edge’? What does thinking at ‘the edge’ offer to thought?

At a moment in which we witness the collapse of systems, and the practices and discourses that have sustained them--the master narrative of “growth” is an example--it is particularly important to create experimental spaces/slashes-- that invite the practice of thought without extant categories. We believe that “the edge” can be one experimental space, and “thinking at the edge” is one of the practices to enable us to open the possibility of thinking and imagining beyond the categories and boundaries that hold us captive.

Speakers

Déborah Danowski Déborah Danowski is a Professor at the Philosophy Department at the Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has extensive experience researching and publishing on Early Modern Philosophy, but, in the last decade, she has dedicated her work almost exclusively to the Anthropocene, the ecological emergency and climate change denial. Among her many publications, we highlight the book The Ends of the World co-authored with Eduardo Viveiro de Castro in 2014, and the essay Denialisms, published in 2019.

Nerea Calvillo Nerea Calvillo is an architect and researcher, and founder of C+ Arquitectos. She has created In the Air, an ongoing project designed to provide digital visualization of air pollution, and was co-curator of the Connecting Cities Network.

Calvillo received her Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2014 after receiving her Masters's in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University as a Fullbright Scholar. She completed a post-doctorate research fellowship at Citizen Sense, Goldsmiths, University of London, and received the Poesies Fellowship from New York University. She has taught at the UEM, Alicante University, Architectural Association, GSD Harvard, and GSAPP Columbia. She is currently an assistant professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (Warwick, UK). Her research explores the material, technological, political, and social dimensions of environmental pollution at the intersection between architecture, feminist studies of technoscience, new materialism, and urban ecological policies.

Ursula Biemann Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. She investigates global relations under the impact of the accelerated mobility of people, resources, and information. In her earlier art and curatorial work, she made space and mobility her prime category of analysis in “Geography and the Politics of Mobility” (2003), “The Maghreb Connection“ (2006), and the widely exhibited art and research project “Sahara Chronicle“ (2006-2009) on clandestine migration networks. More recently she turned to ecology, oil, and water with major art projects including Black Sea Files (2005), Egyptian Chemistry (2012), and Deep Weather (2013). Her video installations are exhibited worldwide in museums and the International Art Biennials of Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Thessaloniki, Sevilla, Istanbul, and Venice. Her research is based at the Zurich University for the Arts and she is the publisher of several books, e.g. Stuff it – the Video Essay in the Digital Age (2003), Mission Reports – Artistic Practice in the Field (2008). She is currently working on a new piece on the Ecuadorian Amazon, commissioned by Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.  Biemann has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York (1988). She received a doctor honoris causa in Humanities from the Swedish University Umea and the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. Iván Vargas Roncacio Iván is a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University, a lawyer with Master’s degrees in Bioscience and Law (National University of Colombia, 2012), and Latin American Studies (Duke University, 2016). He has worked for the Center for Public Policy Research (University of California - Davis, 2011-2013), and the Everyday Peace Indicators Project (George Mason University, 2017-2018). He has been a Colciencias scholar (Colombia, 2013), and a FLAS fellow (Foreign Language and Area Studies-PUC São Paulo, 2016). Iván's research ethnographically follows indigenous practitioners, scientists, legal scholars, and ritual plants across territories, labs, and courts of justice in an effort to contribute to a larger paradigm shift: from reductionist environmental law and governance models to ecological, systems-based, and other-than-human jurisprudence in post-conflict Colombia. At the intersection between post-humanist anthropology, legal theory, and plant studies, he explores the limits and possibilities of an ontological and decolonial turn in legal theory and practice in the Andean-Amazonian region. His dissertation asks how forests become legal agents through indigenous, scientific, and legal practices; how human and other-than-human beings such as Amazonian plants co-produce protocols for forest governance, and finally how a law that comes from the territory challenges concepts of justice, agency, and value in times of socio-ecological transitions.

Mónica Gagliano Dr. Monica Gagliano is an evolutionary ecologist whose daring and imaginative research has expanded our perception of plants and animals. Gagliano’s main research is broadly focusing on key aspects of the ecological processes by which organisms are able to gather information on the variable conditions of their surrounding environment in order to thrive. In collaboration with various disciplines across the Sciences and the Humanities, her research aims at expanding our perception of animals, plants, and more generally Nature. In the process of learning how to do this, she has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics and extended the concept of cognition to plants, re-igniting the discourse on plant subjectivity, sentience, and ethical standing.  The results of her groundbreaking experiments suggest that plants may possess intelligence, memory, and learning, via mechanisms that differ from our own. Gagliano is a research associate professor at the University of Western Australia and is the author of Thus Spoke the Plant. Her work has been featured by Michael Pollan in The New Yorker and on the RadioLab episode, Smarty Plants. She is currently based at the University of Sydney. She is a Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the Biological Intelligence (BI) Lab, Southern Cross University, a Research Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the University of Western Australia & a Research Affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney.

Báyò Akómoláfé Author, speaker, lecturer, renegade academic, ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher, and proud diaper-changer, Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, and counter-intuitive take on global crisis, civic action, and social change. He is Executive Director and Initiating / Co-ordinating Curator for the Emergence Network. Bayo has authored two books: ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters To My Daughter on Humanity’s Search For Home’ and has penned forewords for many others.

Bayo is visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and has taught in universities around the world (including Sonoma State University California, Simon Frasier University Vancouver, Schumacher College Devon, Harvard University, and Covenant University Nigeria – among others). He is a consultant with UNESCO, leading efforts for the Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) project. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India – “where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising.” He considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son – Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden – and their mother, his wife, and “life-nectar”, Ijeoma.

Karen Barad Karen Barad is a Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad's Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory.

Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barad is the Co-Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC.

​Marina Otero Verzier Marina Otero Verzier is an architect and currently the head of the MA in Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. She was the founding director of the research department at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, where she led, between 2015 and 2020, research initiatives such as 'Architecture of Appropriation: On Squatting as Spatial Practice,' 'Automated Landscapes' (focusing on emerging architectures of automated labor), and 'BURN-OUT. Exhaustion on a planetary scale' (instigating other forms of coexistence and care for multispecies, collective bodies). Otero has been a curator at the Shanghai Art Biennial 2021 Bodies of Water, curator of 'Work, Body, Leisure' at the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and chief curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale After Belonging, as well as a large number of exhibitions and public programs. She has co-edited Lithium: State of Exhaustion (2021) More-than- Human (2020), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016-20), Architecture of Appropriation (2019), Work, Body, Leisure (2018), and After Belonging (2016), among others. Otero studied at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid and Columbia University GSAPP. In 2016, Otero received her Ph.D. at ETSA Madrid. Her Ph.D. thesis Evanescent Institutions (2016) examines the emergence of new paradigms for institutions, and in particular the political implications of temporal and itinerant structures.

Orkan Telhan Orkan Telhan is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Telhan is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts - Emerging Design Practices at the University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Design and Computation from MIT's Department of Architecture. He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and a researcher at the MIT Design Laboratory. He studied Media Arts at the SUNY Buffalo and theories of media and representation, visual studies, and Graphic Design at Bilkent University, Ankara. 

Telhan's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Istanbul Biennial (2013), Istanbul Design Biennial (2012, 2016, 2021), Milano Design Week, London Design Week, Vienna Design Week, the Armory Show 2015 Special Projects, Ars Electronica (2007, 2017), ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Matadero Madrid, Architectural Association, the Architectural League of New York, MIT Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Design Museum, London.

Telhan is a co-founder of Biorealize.

Cooking Sections Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organize the World through Food. Using installation, performance, mapping, and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture, ecology, and geopolitics. Since 2015, they are working on multiple iterations of the long-term site-specific  CLIMAVORE  project exploring how to eat as humans change climates. In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop, a platform to critically speculate on the implications of selling the remains of Empire today. Their first book about the project was published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.

Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the 13th Sharjah Biennial; Manifesta12, Palermo; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Serpentine Galleries, London; Atlas Arts, Skye; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Peggy Guggenheim Collection; HKW Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin and have been residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London. Their work has been featured in a number of international publications (Lars Müller, Sternberg Press, Volume, Frieze Magazine amongst others). They currently lead a studio unit at the  Royal College of Art, London.

They have been awarded the Special Prize at the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize and were nominated for the Visible Award. 

María PTQK Maria Ptqk (b. Bilbao, 1976) likes to ask questions (and to question herself). In fact, her work revolves around the use of questions as a critical and speculative tool. With a Ph.D. in Artistic Research and a background in Law and Economics, Maria Ptqk has spent the last two decades operating in the cultural sector through different frequencies and channels: her practice mutates with equal passion and rigor from writing to scientific-philosophical dissemination, curating (physical and digital exhibitions), publishing, organizing workshops... all kinds of “weird formats”. An inter- and trans-disciplinary career that finds expression in the collective zones of friction in which art, technoscience, ecofeminism, and social communication rub shoulders.

She has worked with a number of leading institutions, among them Medialab Prado (Madrid), Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao, Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso, CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Jeu de Paume (Paris), La Gaité Lyrique (Paris), GenderArtnet (European Cultural Foundation) and Capitalidad Cultural Europea Donostia San Sebastián 2016. She served on the Consejo Vasco de la Cultura (2009-2012) and is a member of the advisory group for the Consonni book publisher and art production company. She has curated the exhibition “Science Friction. Life among Companion Species” at the CCCB. Emanuele Coccia Emanuele Coccia is an Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.He received his Ph.D. in Philology in Florence after studying in Macerata, Rom, and Berlin. After post-Doc positions in Paris and Barcelona, he worked as an Assistant Professor of History of Philosophy in Freiburg, Germany between 2008 and 2011.

His works focus mainly on the history of religious normativity and on aesthetics. His current research topics focus on the ontological status of images and their normative power, especially in fashion and advertising. Among his publications: La trasparenza delle immagini. Averroè e l’averroismo (Mondadori Bruno, 2005), Sensible Life. A Micro-Ontology of the Image (Fordham University Press, 2016),  and Le bien dans les choses (Rivages, 2013). With Giorgio Agamben as a co-editor, he published an anthology on angels in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic contexts: Angeli. Ebraismo Cristianesimo Islam (Neri Pozza, 2009).