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MUTABILITY & MUTUALISM II
Seminar with the Institute for Postnatural Studies



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No. of sessions
6 sessions
120 min each

Date
Every Tuesday
From Oct. 18th to Nov. 22nd

Time
18:30 to 20:30
(CET / CEST)
Language
English

Partner
Institute for Postnatural Studies

Price
150 €
15% student discount

Need Based Scholarships available



BRIEF


Queerness and ecology together make visible the interconnected, entangled conditions of life on earth and honor the strange, multispecies amalgamation we live in community with. 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.

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.

At the scale of the collective—the ecosystem—Queerness is mutualism: it is symbiotic, in-contact, relational; it is a space of eccentric economies and mutual support; of found families and utopian dreams; of care and connection and the net benefits species gift one another. It is a world shaped by cooperation. On a rapidly changing planet, Queer mutability and mutualism can guide us toward adaptation and survival.

The speakers in this seminar series will consider the influence of mutability and mutualism on their work in the fields of visual art, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, environmental activism, music, ecology, and queer theory.



SPEAKERS


18 / 10 / 2022 -
The Institute of Queer Ecology

Lee Pivnik is a Miami-based artist, working predominantly in sculpture, video and social practice. In 2018 he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Sculpture and a concentration in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, and in 2022 he attended the Immersion Program at The School of Architecture (TSOA) at Arcosanti.
Nicolas Baird is a biologist, artist, writer, and dancer living in New York City. Baird served as co-director for the Institute of Queer Ecology since 2017 and is currently working on a doctorate in paleobiology.

In 2017 Pivnik started the Institute of Queer Ecology, a collaborative organism that works to imagine and realize an equitable multispecies future. He has continued to run the project alongside artist and evolutionary biologist Nicolas Baird.

IQECO builds on the theoretical framework of Queer Ecology, an adaptive practice concerned with interconnectivity, intimacy, and multispecies relationality. IQECO works to undo dangerously destructive human-centric hierarchies—or even flip them—to look at the critical importance of things happening invisibly; underground and out of sight.
To date, the Institute of Queer Ecology has worked with over 120 different artists to present interdisciplinary programming that oscillates between curating exhibitions and directly producing artworks/projects. IQECO has presented projects with the Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami, Florida), the Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf, Germany), the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (Medellín, Colombia), the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (Serbia), the Biennale of Sydney (Australia), Prairie (Chicago, IL), Bas Fisher Invitational (Miami, FL) Gas Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), among others.


10/25/2022 -
Hayden Dunham

Rooted in a strong belief in the transcendence of objects, Hayden Dunham creates atmospheric activity with mysterious, clouding vapors and kinetic sculptures that respond and react to their environments. The sculptor and installation artist works between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and their practice is grounded in extensive research, which has included geology, molecular biology, and chemistry, along with site visits to chemical plants and volcanoes. In the way the human body ingests and incorporates chemicals it comes into contact with, Dunham’s sculptures combine in the manner of chemical reactions, rather than collage, allowing for a new organicism to emerge. Dunham’s interest in materiality and reactivity relates back to the body, and the chemical interference and infusion of minerals, toxic waste, and pharmaceuticals.


11/1/2022 -
Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

In 2002, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle fell in love and have worked together collaboratively ever since, doing visual art, performance, theater, and happenings. They launched the Ecosex Movement (2008) from their home base in San Francisco, and have been doing art experiments to make environmental activism more fun and diverse. Career highlights include Wedding to the Sea at the Venice Biennale, being Documenta 14 artists, and a screening of their documentary film Water Makes Us Wet at NY MoMA. They received a Guggenheim Grant in 2021 for their current film project, Playing with Fire. Their book (University of Minnesota Press, 2021) Assuming the Ecosexual Position—Earth as Lover chronicles their art/life adventures.


11/8/2022 -
Jack Halberstam

Jack Halberstam is a Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on Fascism and (homo)sexuality.

Jack Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include queer failure, sex, media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, and animation.


11/15/2022 - 
Christy Gast

Christy Gast is an artist whose work across media stems from extensive research and site visits to places she thinks of as “contested landscapes.” She is interested in places where there is evidence of conflict in human desires, which she traces, translates or mirrors through her art practice. Since 2010 she has worked with Ensayos, a collective research practice working on issues of political ecology in Tierra del Fuego and other archipelagos.Her work has been exhibited at MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa, Artist’s Space, Harris Lieberman Gallery and Regina Rex in New York; the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, Bass Museum of Art, de la Cruz Collection, Locust Projects, and Nina Johnson in Miami; as well as Mass MoCA, the American University Museum, L.A.C.E., High Desert Test Sites, Centro Cultural Matucana 100 (Chile), the Kadist Foundation (Paris) and Milani Gallery (Brisbane). She has received grants and awards from the Art Matters Foundation, Funding Arts Network, South Florida Cultural Consortium, Tigertail, the American Austrian Foundation Hayward Prize, and the Joan Sovern Sculpture Award from Columbia University.


22 / 11 / 2022 -
Institute for Postnatural Studies


After a brief introduction to the postnatural framework, this session will focus on new modes of overcoming the human/animal binomial. We will explore how humans have interacted with animals in western culture and contrast it with other approaches to multi-species coexistence. Collectively we will also exercise different ways of embodying an expanded notion of the human-animal through vocal activations and roleplaying through hybrid bodies. Case studies of wild children, the phonocene, contemporary artistic practices, and different cultural and popular subgenres of identity and sexuality will provide a horizontal and fertile platform to discuss and learn from each other.

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Institute of Queer Ecology

IQECO is a collaborative organism that supports the necessary transition away from extractive, exploitative systems towards mutually symbiotic living. IQECO builds on the theoretical framework of Queer Ecology, an adaptive practice concerned with interconnectivity, intimacy, and multispecies relationality.


Institute for Postnatural Studies

IPS is a center for artistic experimentation from which to explore and problematize postnature as a framework for contemporary creation. Founded in 2020, it is conceived as a networked place that brings together artists and researchers concerned with the issues of the global ecological crisis.







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