Co-creation with plants. Making new kinships from art and science
Plants make up 80 percent of the earth’s biomass: there are about 320,000 plant species on our planet and each is essential for our survival, as their vital photosynthetic processes prevent the collapse of entire ecosystems. However, our understanding of the world as we now know has been built on a human-driven model of predatory consumption, neglecting the fact that our home is a place shared by many, though we are neither the only inhabitants nor the most important.
To deeply understand nonhuman concerns, it has become necessary to think about alternative relations with what we classify as nature and technology.
“Co-creation with plants. Making new kinships from art and science” is a transdiciplinary symposium that will gather visual artists, philosophers, historians, musicians and scientists researching narratives of cooperative coexistence between plants and humans.
The symposium is organized by postdoc and artist Maria Castellanos on behalf of FeLT- Futures of Living Technologies, an artistic research project led by Kristin Bergaust, professor at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at Oslo Metropolitan University.
From a perspective of ecological crisis, FeLT, engages in the relations and intersections that occur between human beings, living environments and machines, relations on the edge of how we experience aliveness today.
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Title of talk: ECO-Art and Awareness: Sustainability Through Artistic Research
Boel Christensen-Scheel (1978) is professor in aesthetics and art theory and is now dean at the Art and Craft Department at The Oslo Academy of the Arts. She holds a PhD in contemporary art and performance theory, and her main field of research concerns art’s relational and communicational capacities in an experiential and educational context. She developed the MA study specialization Art in Society at OsloMet, lead the research group Art in Society Research and has worked as an educational advisor for The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo from 2016-2018. She has translated Nicolas Bourriaud’s “Relational Aesthetics” to Norwegian (Pax Forlag, Artes, 2007), edited several books and worked as an art critic – in 2021 she co-edits a book on New educational practices in Nordic Art Museums.
Boel is FeLT member.
Title of the talk: From the Vegetariat to Agropleasure
Špela Petrič is a new media artist with a background in the natural sciences. Her artistic practice combines biomedia practices and performativity to enact strange relations between bodies that reveal the underpinnings of our (bio)technological societies and propose alternatives.