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What future do you dream of?

Dreams of the Post-Anthropocene

TOPIC CONTENT:

Ecologies and Politics of the Living

Renée Schroeder: Was ist Leben?

May I introduce: Alien!

AIL-Talk – Janina Loh: Trans- und Posthumanismus. Feministischer Blick im Digitalen.

Interspecies and novel forms of living or how can we imagine the Post-Anthropocene?

At a time when the lines between biology and technology, nature and artifice seem blurred, we want to ask what life could look like in the future and beyond traditional concepts.

A potential future, where new life is sparkling. A future worth living for all various forms of existence. Such a scenario requires new thinking, novel concepts and modes of visualization of life, nature and the environment. Overlooked and diverse living forms and ways of being, which are themselves affected by various processes and interventions, shape the state of our world. In the past as well as in the future. We take a close look to understand the present and make possible a multifaceted and polyphonic future. What makes our interdependent world the way it is, where are we?

A potential future, where new life is sparkling. A future worth living for all various forms of existence. Such a scenario requires new thinking, novel concepts and modes of visualization of life, nature and the environment. Overlooked and diverse living forms and ways of being, which are themselves affected by various processes and interventions, shape the state of our world. In the past as well as in the future. We take a close look to understand the present and make possible a multifaceted and polyphonic future. What makes our interdependent world the way it is, where are we?

In terms of a geological trajectory, we are currently at the stage of the so-called Anthropocene. The era's dominant force and major factor driving long-term processes of change on our planet is humankind. The human has transcended its state of merely being a biological agent, as we are now creating matter, manipulating strands of organic DNA, and causing the climate to change. What has long been an abstract threat has now become a first-hand experience: humans are an endangered species, just like any other on our planet, and we are inextricably bound up with the fate of all other living entities. If we accept the hard facts of our climatic reality, we will need to create and think about new forms of living and other kinds of habitats, for a sustainable future coexistence.

exhibition

Opening: 27 May 2021, 19:30

Running: 28 May 2021 – 03 Oct 2021

Ecologies and Politics of the Living

Vienna Biennale for Change 2021

Mon–Fri 13:00–18:00
Thu 13:00–20:00
Every third Sat/month + 2 Oct 11:00–17:00
Closed on public holidays

Admission free

Exhibition attendance possible subject to the current valid regulations for museums and art halls.

Biennale program

Collage on paper by artist Ibrahim Mahama. A photography of silos from above combined with handwriting.  | Image by ©Ibrahim Mahama Ibrahim Mahama: Nkrumah Voli. Living and non-living things, 1966–2020. © Ibrahim Mahama

The exhibition Ecologies and Politics of the Living explores the relationship between animate and inanimate environments, against the backdrop of a politically and economically interwoven world – primarily from southern perspectives. Similar to ecological inquiries into the interrelations of all existing organisms and processes on planet earth, the artistic positions focus on the intersection of living beings, (in)organic structures and their economic, temporal and spatial conditions.

Instead of thinking about “Climate Care” in technological, design or solution-based terms, which only reproduce capitalist ideologies of progress and accumulation, the exhibition will present speculative narratives. By breaking with the logic of linear development and the dominant notion of perpetual progress, it deals with questions of coexisting beyond the anthropogenic status quo, as a response and an alternative to capitalist notions of progress as well as other exploitative and invasive practices that are inscribed in our global history of conquest.

While some artistic positions look at the transformation of biological matter through chemical and physical processes, others analyze cultivation and upcycling processes from a socio-economic perspective. These processual and research-based projects address the production and processing of plants and raw materials in the context of the food and pharmaceutical industries, architecture and the visual arts.

With a post-anthropocentric reading, the exhibition Ecologies and Politics of the Living explores different narratives and presents a polyphonic collection of concepts focusing on planetary coexistence.


PROGRAM

2 October, 18:00 – 22:00
Sounds of the Living
Finissage + Sound Performance with noises out of nature and field recordings by Natalia Domínguez Rangel and Robert Schwarz (Live)

30 September, 18:00 – 21:00
Tamale Territories – Interventions
An evening of video-based interventions in the exhibition space by the Angewandte’s trans-disciplinary lab [applied] Foreign Affairs. The student projects focus on the inner-urban ecologies and peripheries of Tamale, Ghana – set in dialogue with the works of Ecologies and Politics of the Living.

29 September, 17:00
Curators’ Tour

16 September, 17:00 CET
Book Presentation Vienna (Online)
Panel Discussion with
Baerbel Mueller / Co-Curator, Architect
Billie McTernan / Writer, Editor
Elisabeth Falkensteiner / Co-Curator
Eric Gyamfi / Artist
Ibrahim Mahama / Artist, Co-Curator
Marie Artaker / Graphic Designer
Uriel Orlow / Artist

9 September, 17:00
Curators’ Tour

18 August, 17:00 (GH) / 19:00 (CET)
Book Presentation Ghana
SCCA– Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art Tamale, Ghana
Panel Discussion with
Baerbel Mueller / Architect, Co-Curator
Bernard Akoi-Jackson / Academic, Writer, Artist
Eric Gyamfi / Artist
Ibrahim Mahama / Artist, Co-Curator
Robin Riskin / Writer, Curator
Tracy Thompson / Artist (tbc)
(Hybrid mode)

2 July 2021, 18:00
Curators‘ Tour

10 June, 19:00
Artist Talk with Mae-ling Lokko (IoA Sliver Lecture)
Live on Zoom

8 June, 17:00
Artist Talk with Verena Tscherner and Joerg Auzinger / Collective Action Viewer
(Preview Program Angewandte Festival)
Live on YouTube from Karlsplatz

28 May, 19:00–21:00
Artist Talk: Ibrahim Mahama and Tracy Thompson
Live on YouTube

27 May, 18:30
Online Opening of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021
Live on Zoom

27 May, 19:30–22:00
Soft Opening of the Exhibition

Curators
Ibrahim Mahama, Artist
Baerbel Mueller, Architect
Elisabeth Falkensteiner, Curator

Contributors
Eric Gyamfi
Mae-ling Lokko
Ibrahim Mahama

Uriel Orlow
New-Territories (s/he_f.Roche)
Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson

Susanne Wenger

Presspictures

The exhibition is part of
Vienna Biennale for Change 2021:
Planet Love. Climate Care in the Digital Age organized by:
MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
University of Applied Arts Vienna / AIL

Kunsthalle Wien
KUNST HAUS WIEN
Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien

Vienna Business Agency


Also in the framework of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021:
Collective Action Viewer
Interactive Media Sculpture
by Verena Tscherner and Joerg Auzinger
@Karlsplatz

video

Renée Schroeder: Was ist Leben?

Talk from March 2017

What is life?

Everyone has a different answer to this question. Everyone sees life a little differently. A poet, a philosopher, the pope, a physicist and a chemist have different views and ideas of what life is. For the chemist, life is mainly the production of complex molecules like sugar from solar energy and carbon dioxide.

And how did it come into being? From the origin of the life on the earth up to the emergence of homo sapiens 3.5 billion years have passed. About 70,000 years ago, man was able for the first time to think something that does not exist. That was the birth of our culture. I will present some important events of this time to explain how we humans understand ourselves and the world.

Renée Schroeder is an Austrian researcher and university professor at the Department of Biochemistry at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. From 2003 – 2012, Schroeder was elected the second woman member of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The Talk was held on March 14 2017 as part of the series AIL-Talks.

Video: Edward Chapon, David Pujadas Bosch

exhibition

Opening: 22 Jun 2020, 11:00

Running: 22 Jun 2020 – 23 Jul 2020

May I introduce: Alien!
@online

Depressed monkeys and sensitive dodos

We share with you why migrated plants have to register at the integration centre and why it is a scandal that depressed orangutans do not possess e-cards. And that our houses are not equipped barrier-free for raccoons and pigs is simply outrageous! In our exhibition we build entanglements across the borders

Our interactive exhibition invites you to explore our ALIEN universe! Take a look at the projects of contributing artists Solmaz Farhang, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Ege Kökel, Lena Violetta Leitner and Andrea Palašti through different lenses of observation.

Image by ©

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of online talks, AILien Talk zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst. All talks were held in English.

Watch the talks here:

Von träumenden Fischen im Reagenzglas…

Von Frauchen zu Herrchen – wer ist hier das Haustier?

Serbische Affen und Japanische Knöteriche – hier spricht man Deutsch!

May I introduce: Alien! is a project by Alexandra Fruhstorfer and Lena Violetta Leitner in collaboration with Angewandte Innovation Lab in AIL.alternate mode.

It was featured as a part of the Angewandte Festival.

Alexandra Fruhstorfer and Lena Violetta Leitner are alumni of Angewandte.

video

AIL-Talk – Janina Loh: Trans- und Posthumanismus. Feministischer Blick im Digitalen.

Talk in German from June 2017

Where do patriarchal inscriptions, gender identities or stereotyping hide in the field of artificial intelligence and future technologies?

In the framework of Vienna Biennale For Change 2019

When we think about the digital future as well as new values, the feminist view must not be missing. Where do patriarchal inscriptions, gender identities or stereotyping hide in the field of artificial intelligence, what is reproduced in future technologies? Questions of gender are essential, also in post- and transhumanism.

Technology philosopher Janina Loh gives us an introduction to the school of thought of post- and transhumanism, in which humans are considered equal to other species and postulate a better version of themselves by means of technology.

  • Introductory words: Elisabeth Falkensteiner, Curator, AIL

  • Lecture: Janina Loh, philosopher of technology, University of Vienna

  • Performance: Lucie Strecker, Angewandte (see video documentation here)

Janina Loh is a PostDoc in the Department of Philosophy of Technology and Media at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include trans- and posthumanism, robot ethics, feminist philosophy of technology, theories of responsibility, Hannah Arendt, theories of judgment, and ethics in the sciences.


The talk was held on June 27 2019 in the context of the Exhibition Change was our only chance, part of the Vienna Biennale For Change 2019.