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
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
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
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 it neoliberal parols that promote every “failure” as an opportunity for growth? Ultimately, how can the performing arts support us in navigating the complex challenge the environmental crises poses?
#psychology #roleplay #CBT
We will explore and play with Control Wars, a game, and at the laboratory, offering a platform to its participants to examine and transcend systemic inertias engendering the present surface potentials for alternative realities from the imaginaries of emerging philosophical and theoretical discourse and worldviews.
Participants will experiment with character development, auto-fiction, and world-building in this session, invoking relational and subjective transformations.
Pre-enacting Climate Scenarios: Patrick tries to make climate futures available through the process of pre-enactment. Performed scenarios consist exclusively of scientific studies, their data, tables, diagrams and texts. Through pre-enactment, these scenarios come into use, which couples the reception of knowledge to a concrete spatial, temporal and sensual experience. The performative scenario thus evokes experiences that move beyond text-based or visual scenarios.
Bernadette will take you along the path of her colonial family story in Indonesia in the beginning of the 20th century and towards her interest in the postcolonial field: the masquerade of colonial society. The masquerade is a social technique which comes into use in contemporary white- and greenwashing narratives and practices of well-known multinationals and scientific researchers. Masquerade exceeds the radius far more than the notion of the white disguise is mapping
Aldir Polymeris, Nina Willimann and Jose Cáceres Mardones will present the long-term project "Wallmapu ex situ", which deals with the history of Wallmapu in southern Chile. In the context of a speculative role play, experts from Chile and Switzerland take the perspective of non-human beings, who have become witnesses, observers, affected or profiteers of the transformation of this region from an indigenous territory to a landscape reshaped by agribusiness and plantation economy.
Although the climate crisis is a global phenomenon, its impacts are asymmetrically distributed. Global injustices are becoming increasingly apparent as a result of this process. Against centuries of violence and resource exploitation in the name of progress, who has the right to grieve? In this panel, we will discuss the uneven relationship between climate change and colonial histories. What traumas lie buried in landscapes around the world? How can they be uncovered and reclaimed? What evidence do they bear? And how do we orient ourselves in slowly vanishing worlds?
OTHERWISE — Polymorphic Futures 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 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.