Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7  June. Animal by Another Name. Caitlin Berrigan

Caitlin Berrigan

Title: Animal by Another Name

Dates: June Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7

Time: 16:00-20:00

“Facing the jungle, the hills and the vales, my past lives as an animal and other beings rise up before me.” Apichatpong Weerasethaul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

How can we understand and interpret the inhuman world? How can we practice other ways of being in a body? The human sensorium has embodied boundaries and limits to its perspectives on the world, which we attempt to extend both by thinking with other creatures, and through technological apparatuses. In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between animality and media by experimenting with practices and forms of filmmaking that can serve as portals into the realms of more-than-human stories and sentience.


Caitlin Berrigan works as a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer. Inspired by methodologies of queer and disability theories, her work aims to translate aesthetic forms of communication across sensory modalities while being in relation to inhuman alterities and non-normative bodies. Disabled, gendered, and racialized bodies have historically been positioned among the subhuman tiers of Western hierarchies, along with animals and the non-living. Her recent works explore poetics and queer science fiction as world-making practices through instruments and moving image.





Event held onsite: Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin



Aurora vol. II. A Platform On Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is a project of The Institute for Endotic Research (Shoufay Derz and Lorenzo Sandoval) in collaboration with Aouefa Amoussouvi with invited guests. It follows on from Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid, initiated by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Benjamin T. Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval in June 2022.


“Aurora” is an interdisciplinary project that departs from the idea of mutual aid in order to better understand the connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols of hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures. Aurora vol. II. hones in on the connections between methodologies of food culture, filmmaking and storytelling as much-needed tools for reshaping our present and future. It is a platform for our entangled narratives and the creation of commonalities with others across geographical distances and time.


As we move towards climate collapse at an accelerated rate, the practice of collaborative storytelling is a necessary response. Art historian Claire Bishop speaks about how filmmaking recognises the complexity of collaborative work by naming the various workers contributing to the realization of a project. Mutual aid is activated through the art practice of filmmaking both through its inherent organisational structures of production and through its narratives. In an age where screens are virtually ubiquitous, where devices enslave and entrap us in contemporary alienation, we are at the mercy of constant disinformation, emotional modulation and seduction so that capitalism can continue its metabolic absorption.


In this sense, Aurora Vol. II confronts screen culture through a programme of workshops, reading groups and seminars that seek to engender narratives of commonality, collaboration, interdependent working structures, mutual support and empathic spaces that allow us to develop strategies of solidarity. To find effective and sustainable responses, it is necessary to reimagine existing epistemological frameworks with an intersectional and interdependent approach. Presented from March to June 2023, the program prioritises collaborative production, therefore it facilitates the project’s aims of both understanding and practising mutual aid.

These events are free of charge, but registration is essential as spots are limited
If for any reason you cannot attend the event after registration, please cancel your tickets ASAP so that we can fill your place.
The health and safety of our community is our priority. Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell.
For the 2-day workshops: We recommend coming on both days. However, if you are only coming on one day, please indicate in your registration if you are only coming on one day and which one (day 1 or day 2).

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