An important condition for today’s environmental exploitation and destruction is the modern nature-culture divide. What is the role of aesthetics in its historical formation? How can contemporary aesthetic practices problematize and transform this divide? Melanie Sehgal is a philosopher (Berlin/Wuppertal) with a close affinity to artistic practices who is currently writing a book on The Arts of a New Climatic Regime. The artist and researcher Sonia Levy (London) who engages with other/more-thanhuman worlds in light of prevailing earthly precarity. Alex Martinis Roe’s (Melbourne) artistic research is focused on feminist genealogies, seeking to foster specific and productive relations between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures.
The discursive program Claiming Common Spaces: Earth is curated and moderated by Maximilian Haas.
What does the ongoing climate crisis and destruction of the environment mean for our way of life and our self-image as human beings, for our approach to planetary values and relationships? And how can the arts transform our knowledge systems and actions? The discourse program ›CCS IV: Earth‹ examines these questions with artists, theorists and activists. The topics they’ll be addressing include the role of aesthetics in the modern separation of nature and culture, resource extraction in the Ruhr, the Global South, and the deep sea, feminist practices of care in contemporary performance, and indigenous cosmologies.
With Nabil Ahmed, Denise Ferreira da Silva (within the framework of Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence / HAU Hebbel am Ufer #14), Catalina Insignares, Daniel Kötter, Bojana Kunst, Carolina Mendonça, Melanie Sehgal, Margarita Tsomou.