UPCOMING PROGRAMME: #1MUTAGENESIS / 02.04. — 04.06.21 / *Zoom*
UPCOMING PROGRAMME: #1MUTAGENESIS / 02.04. — 04.06.21 / *Zoom*
UPCOMING PROGRAMME: #1MUTAGENESIS / 02.04. — 04.06.21 / *Zoom*
UPCOMING PROGRAMME: #1MUTAGENESIS / 02.04. — 04.06.21 / *Zoom*
UPCOMING PROGRAMME: #1MUTAGENESIS / 02.04. — 04.06.21 / *Zoom*
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Web Series by Institite of Queer Ecology
Exclusive from 04.06. - 06.06.21

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OPENING
*LIVE*
ENTER NOW:
SENSING GAIA
— Listen Back

OTHERWISE is a collaborative platform that explores the potential of artistic collaborative research to contribute to societal and ecological transformations.

We host biannual labs which invite artists, designers, researchers and the public to envision futures beyond human exceptionalism.

In our 2021 theme, POLYMORPHIC FUTURES, we are exploring indeterminacy and what it means to be many and none at once.

OTHERWISE is a collaborative platform that explores the potential of artistic collaborative research to contribute to societal and ecological transformations.

POLYMORPHIC FUTURES is the theme of this year’s festival edition. We invited a group of artists, designers and researchers who will collectively envision a post-anthropocentric future by deconstructing human-centered hierarchies, questioning the dichotomy between the artificial and the natural, and creating an ever-changing, shape-shifting subjectivity in symbiosis with the multitude of forms.

OTHERWISE is a collaborative platform that explores the potential of artistic research to contribute to societal and ecological transformations.

Over 8 months, artists, designers and researchers will exchange their ideas and practices, and develop a performative display of their ongoing learnings.

THE ONLINE PROGRAMME is divided into 4 blocks. Every block is dedicated to an own subject. The last block will be the final contribution of all associated artists at Gessnerallee Zurich.

#1 Mutagenesis (Online)
#2 Transformation (Online)
#3 Symbiosis (Online)
#4 Polymorph (Gessnerallee Zurich)

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.

#virology #biohacking #metabolicprocesses

After every session there will be a short break. The programme will be hosted on ZOOM (no registration needed).

Wed
2.6.2021
19:00
Mutations x OTHERWISE
Rose Field
(
DE
)

"What is an interdisciplinary thematic residency program? And why is collaboration an important aspect of artistic research? In this talk, I would like to engage with OTHERWISE to share the aims and outcomes of the Mutations program, but also to discuss what role collaboration and interdisciplinary artistic work plays in expanding and redefining predominately western perspectives. The need is great to create new platforms and discussions that are inclusive of other understandings of the world and its natural, political, and social structures – that invite and even favour non-western and indigenous experience and knowledge."

— Interactive presentation with Rose Field, art historian & curator, project coordinator of Mutations, Akademie Schloss Solitude

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Thu
3.6.2021
19:00
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".

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Thu
3.6.2021
20:00
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.

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Thu
3.6.2021
21:00
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.

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Fri
4.6.2021
19:00
About Mutagenesis
Salome Aeschlimann & Sandro Käser
(
CH
)

Mutations are the reason why elephants and ants exist, why some of us develop cancer and why we can eat big yellow bananas. What is the biological foundation of mutations? And how do we use mutagenesis for our benefits but also as technological tools in biological research? Impressions from inside a lab.

ENTER HERE (Zoom)
Fri
4.6.2021
20:00
Podium
Karolina Sobecka, Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero, Michail Rybakov, Salome Aeschlimann, Sandro Käser
(
)

All the speakers and artists from the block #¦mutagenesis will discuss the concept, share inspirations and speculate about a polymorphic future.

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Dec
14.12.2021
15.12.2021
Gessnerallee & Stream

Polymorphic is that which describes many forms and none at the same time. It is a state of constant transition with any fixed form only being a temporary expression. Our speculative symposium will bring together the common research trajectories.

#performance #symposium #newopenings

Oct
6.10.2021
8.10.2021
Stream

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?

#biology #queerecology #parasiteorsymbiont

Jul
28.7.2021
30.7.2021
Stream

If a crisis results in trauma, what kind of trauma does the environmental crisis create? And is there a cure? How can we think of transformation without falling back in neoliberal parols that promote every “failure” as an opportunity for growth?

#psychology #roleplay #CBT

Oct
6.10.2021
8.10.2021
Stream

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?

#biology #queerecology #parasiteorsymbiont

Dec
14.12.2021
15.12.2021
Gessnerallee & Stream

Polymorphic is that which describes many forms and none at the same time. It is a state of constant transition with any fixed form only being a temporary expression. Our speculative symposium will bring together the common research trajectories.

#performance #symposium #newopenings

OPENING
We have curated an engaging programme that explores ‘the polymorphic’ in 5 thematic blocks over the coming months. The programme will be opened by:

Sensing Gaia – Listen Back*,
a sonic installation by Merle Ibach, Patrick Salz, and Paul Heinicker.

Browse the virtual space on your own or join our HANGOUT on Sunday, 11/04 6–8PM.

*Planet Earth can no longer be thought without mankind since many changes are already irreversible. What if thinking mankind without the Earth doesn't make sense either? The planet Earth isn't just a passive playground but rather it's the main actor in a comprehensive and dynamic ecosystem. Therefore, climate change phenomena become perceptible indicators for profound system changes and witnesses of preceding processes at the same time. The compositions are based on field recordings from different European rural and urban locations. They are arranged as a free interpretation of the physical processes of defracting, rearranging, melting, and heating. https://sensinggaia.tools/

A hybrid space for hybrid practices

OTHERWISE consists of our 2021 residents, a public programme everyone can attend via live stream, and featured initiatives by our alumni and community.

The 2021 edition Polymorphic Futures explores via 3 research blocks how biological, chemical, geological, and societal processes can be thought in conjunction. By emphasising any form as only transitory Polymorphic Futures embraces ambiguity and metamorphosis.

*OTHERWISE Fossil by Davide Piscitelli: artist, researcher and alumni of our 2019 edition. https://davidepiscitelli.com/

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