_OTHERWISE — Polymorphic Future_s 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 third online symposium we will look at the theme symbiosis:
Symbiosis is the voluntary or necessary collaboration between two different species. Parasitic or mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationships are survival strategies based on physical attachment. What does it mean to think of ourselves as more-than-one?
Wed 06.10. 7-10 PM CET
work-in-progress presentations with OTHERWISE fellows
Caring Architecture - Jonas Gillmann & Seraina Dür (CH)
Seraina and Jonas are concerned with the creation of spaces that are welcoming both for human and non-human inhabitants. Since 2019, they have been working together with City Pigeons in the project "Parliament of Things, Animals, Plants and Algorithms” As part of the project they create performative settings which they co-inhabit together with pigeons and other human and more-than-human actors. Cities and their architectures – spikes, nets, and wires – are hostile to pigeons. Instead of designing spaces that separate us, Seraina and Jonas ask what a Caring Architecture will look like.
"Parliament of Things, Animals, Plants and Algorithms" is created in collaboration with Neumarkt Zurich.
Topologies of Metamorphosis - Flurina Gradin (CH)
In “The Land as Palimpsest” (1983) André Corboz introduces palimpsest as a concept that renders landscape a medium for detecting social and environmental change. Taking his theory as a starting point, Flurina will introduce her current collaborative research project on “unruly topologies” and discuss several examples that interrogate the symbiotic relationships between humans, biosphere, emotions and histories.
stonestories - Marit Mihklepp (NL)
For the last couple of years, Marit has been listening to stones. She would be sharing some bits and pieces of her work processes shaped and inspired by geologic bodies and imagination. At the moment, Marit is moving towards a new research branch connecting meteorites, myth and family history.
Link to the online event will be shared on the day via otherwise.network
Thr - Sun 07.10. - 10.10.
Solastalgia: A Ghost Story - Benjamin Burger(CH)
In this showing Benjamin Burger gives an insight into his actual artistic research about loss. He looks at the psychological structure of Climate Change and reframes it as Climate Trauma by realizing what will be inevitably lost in time. The term Solastalgia describes a new psychological crisis which occurs by anticipating the vanishing of the world as we know it in a close future but by grieving today. It is a reversed form of melancholia.
In the showing Benjamin presents particularly unfinished thoughts and stories to investigate an aesthetic for loss - the things that remain silent and invisible. He connects biography, documentation and fiction.
This is a live event @Gessnerallee in Zurich. Buy Tickets here.