July 15–16 (Workshop) & July 14–23 (Spatial Setting). Linda Zhang and Dr. Biko Mandela Gray: Phenomenology of the Road: Tracing the Materiality of Loss
Linda Zhang and Dr. Biko Mandela Gray:
Phenomenology of the Road: Tracing the Materiality of Loss
Part of the project Aurora: A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid
Workshop: Friday, July 15, 16:00-20:00 & Saturday, July 16, 14:00-18:00
Spatial Setting: July 14–23, Th, Fr & Sa, 14:00-18:00
Roads regulate a plethora of social, cultural and historical affective flows. Affect is central here; while travelling, one feels as much as one thinks. In this workshop, 3D scanning is used as a way to investigate (to attempt to understand and think through) the events and conflict memories which transpire in the Phenomenology of the Road. Announcing the road as a space of contestation and memory, or rather of re-membering conflicting memories, we remember: we “member again,” piecing together fragments from what has transpired to make sense of our present.
Limited places for the workshop are available. Registration is required at email@example.com
Linda Zhang is an artist, licensed drone pilot, principal architect at Studio Pararaum and an assistant professor of Interior Design at the Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her artistic practice explores community memory, cultural heritage, and identity through emergent technologies (including VR, AR and AI), matter, and material processes.
Dr. Biko Mandela Gray is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. He writes about blackness, embodiment, religion and literature, and philosophy. His forthcoming book, Black Life Matter: Blackness, Religion, and the Subject will be out with Duke University Press this fall.
Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid
A project assembled by The Institute for Endotic Research with MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr), Linda Zhang & Dr. Biko Mandela Gray, Nnenna Onuoha, Shoufay Derz, mordo (Aline Baiana, Camila de Caux & Eric Macedo), Ana Alenso & Andrea Acosta, and Romuald Krężel.
—Christian NyampetaLife did not take over the world by combat,
but by networking.
“Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid” is an interdisciplinary project initiated by TIER. It departs from the notion of mutual aid, as a way to understand connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols for hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures.
Zoologist and political scientist Piotr Kropotkin used the term mutual aid starting in 1880 to describe a model in which nature, in many observed cases, functions through collaborative entanglements. This perspective was confronting the one based on competition, proposed by the Neo-Darwinists, who sought a model of nature that justified the exploitative and competitive logic of capitalism from a scientific point of view. This capitalist model based on perpetual extraction is arguably one of the main reasons for the climate collapse.
Instead, the mutual aid model looked for a system that understands how all entities are entangled, and how species developed through collaboration in many cases. Scientist Lynn Margulis expanded on this model analyzing how symbiosis is at the basis of all life on Earth, and how this process is based on interdependence. Can the notion of mutual aid (understood both from biology and from politics) offer the tools to face the climate crisis and the developing collapse? By placing focus on interdependence, could it be possible to anticipate strategies against the climate collapse, learning from historical processes inscribed in the colonial program? What role does machine learning play?
The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) seeks to combine these views and methodologies to produce a platform together with other institutions and collaborators, who work in a critical position between art, activism and science: how can we think and work within ecology from a decolonial perspective, and with the logic of mutual aid? Which kind of speculative fictions are possible to foster the imagination of alternative, more sustainable ways of coexistence among humans, nonhuman lifeforms and nonliving entities based on interdependence?
The platform “Aurora“ will be presented from June to November 2022. Every month, there will be a new artistic installment at TIER, working as a spatial setting for hosting a workshop led by the invited contributors.
All events are free of charge. Limited places for the workshops are available. Registration for the workshops is required at firstname.lastname@example.org
MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr): Conspiring Timelines: Shimmering Temporalities
Workshop: Thursday, June 2 & Friday, June 3, 16:00-20:00
Spatial Setting: June 4–18, Th, Fr & Sa 14:00-18:00
Linda Zhang and Dr. Biko Mandela Gray: Phenomenology of the Road: Tracing the Materiality of Loss
3D Scanning Workshop: Friday, July 15, 16:00-20:00 & Saturday, July 16, 14:00-18:00
Shoufay Derz: Towards the Unknown: Rituals of Alienship
Workshop: Tuesday, September 6, Wednesday, September 7 & Thursday, September 8
Nnenna Onuoha: Apocalypse Where: Scenes from the Ends of the World
Workshop: Tuesday, September 13 & Wednesday, September 14
mordo (Aline Baiana, Camila de Caux & Eric Macedo): Merographic Relations: Steps to an Ecology of the Partial
Workshop: Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24
Ana Alenso and Andrea Acosta: We are Satellites, Experimental Observations in Semi-Industrial Territories.
Workshop: Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15
Romuald Krężel: Microclimate
Workshop: Friday, November 4, Saturday, November 5 & Sunday, November 6
Aurora. A platform on ecology, interdependence and mutual aid is supported by: