OTHERWISE — Polymorphic Futures is a hybrid festival dedicated to the potential of artistic research to contribute to societal and ecological transformations. Over 8 months and in 4 on- and offline symposia, artists, designers and researchers will explore and share in various formats their own practices and urgent questions. The presentations are showcasing work-in-progress and invite the audience to actively engage in the development process. OTHERWISE is based on the premise that challenging times require new modes of thinking and doing, collaboratively. In the first online symposium we will look at the theme mutagenesis.
Mutagenesis describes the mutation of DNA via spontaneous reaction with environmental processes or deliberate engineering. Damage and repair occur as results of the very same processes, challenging a normative reading of mutations. In the wake of the pandemic, questions arise as to whether we can deliberately steer societal and environmental transformation, what is to lose, and what to gain, and to which extent is mutation part of being-human.
Wed 02.06. | 20-21h
Excerpts from carbon media - Karolina Sobecka (USA)
The Carbon Catalogue is a guide to a collection of carbon materials, objects, standards, algorithms, terms, and other carbon things. Simultaneously a process and a substance, carbon traverses and constitutes cycles from molecular to planetary, from geological to respiratory. In this presentation fragments of Carbon Media will reflect on articulations of eco-knowledge and geo-power contained in some of the entries in the collection.
Thr 03.06. | 19-20h
Mari mutare - Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero (CH)
Vanessa will be presenting the research project Mari mutare, a transdisciplinary design research on biocompatible prostheses inspired by the proto-Christian figure of the Greenman: a human-plant hybrid representing the nature-culture continuum.
The project’s aim is to explore the multiplicity of subjectivities in ourselves and, consequently, to influence the perception of the "other".
Thr 03.06. | 20-21h
Relating to space - Michail Rybakov (DE)
We define ourselves by borders, by insides and outsides, by belonging to a circle or being excluded from others. But who draws these border lines and from what tradition does the border drawing come? Would we, if only we had other maps at our disposal, see the territories differently? Michail will present experiments from this research trajectory as well as some work in progress.
Fri 04.06. | 19-20h
About Mutagenesis - Salome Aeschlimann and Sandro Käser
Fri 04.06. | 20-21h
The speakers of the previous days come together once more to discuss common threats as well as implications for research and practice. This is an open dialogue and audience participation is greatly appreciated.
Livestream Link via Zoom (no registration needed).
To participate in the event please install Zoom on your laptop or use the browser version. Download link and manual available via zoom.de
The next online symposium themed transformation will take place on 28th – 30th July 2021.
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