Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lecture & Performative Workshop Margherita Pevere | Anatomy of an inter-connected system

15 July, 2017, 2-6PM Starting point of this seminar is the artist’s research at the junction of visual arts, theoretical inquiry and investigation of biological processes. The seminarfocussed on the discourses regarding human-nature relationship in the frame of today’s environmental crisis and how artistic practices involving living organisms and technology can innovatively contribute to the debate. How can artists problematise the complex interconnection between humans and the biosphere in a hyper-technological era? With what kind of aesthetic and ethical implications? The project aimed at engaging the audience in a performative discussion with a visual outcome.

The seminar was structured in two parts: a presentation and a participative performance. In the presentation, Pevere will introduced key concepts in the history of human relationship towards nature and how these have influenced society, religion and knowledge production. How did humans perceive nature in the Middle Ages? And in the Renaissance? How did this affect society and the arts? What are Anthropocentrism and the Anthropocene? Moving from this theoretical overview, Pevere critically presented her own artistic practice along with a selection of other artist’s works involving organic matter and technology. In the participative performance, the artist  engaged with the audience on the themes of anthropocentrism and relationships between human and non-human living beings. (More information)

All photos (c) Tim Deussen/ Studio Deussen

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