Hosts: Lea Schick
Participants: Hannah Rogers, Jens Hauser, Maren Richter, Anna-Katharina Laboissière, Miguel Santos, Tiina Prittinen
The second order group will have a different working model then the rest. It will be composed of philosophers, theorists and other suitable practitioners, who will be embedded into the other groups. Their work will be twofold, on the one hand, they do research on the rest of the groups, and at the other hand, they will act as subversive agents to introduce counter perspectives. The aim is to critically look at the methods and practices of the field, and to see whether there are ethical or aesthetic questions specific to certain practices. The group uses the tools of philosophy of science and art, science and technology studies, art history, and more. In order to study and intervene in the other groups they employ various inventive methods.
Lea Schick is currently finishing her PhD at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research concerns the role of artistic and creative practices in imagining and making green energy futures. Concerned with environmental issues she is exploring how relations between humans, natures, and energy are being redesigned in the case of Danish smart grid planning and in a variety of artworks. How are environment becoming (or not becoming) part of future energy collectives? From a Science and Technology Studies approach she is working with infrastructures and ‘natural’ environments as inherently entangled and co-constituting ‘hybrid ecologies’. She has a background in arts and design and is now working in the intersection between arts and ethnographic studies of environmental innovation.
Jens Hauser is a Copenhagen and Paris based media studies scholar and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology. He holds a dual research position at both the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and at the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich/2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015) and SO3 (Belfort, 2015).
Anna-Katharina Laboissière is starting a PhD in philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and works as an assistant curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. Her upcoming research in environmental philosophy, which aims to cut across disciplines, will focus on anthropogenic pollution as an agent of biological, conceptual and social reworkings, as well as on a critical assessment and deconstruction of the archiving of biodiversity in a context of ecological catastrophe. The exhibition she is currently working on for the Fondation Cartier will be structured around the concept of biophony and the sonic experience of biodiversity loss.
Tiina Prittinen has received Master's Degree from the University of Oulu and studies further in the History of Ideas, concentrating on the aesthetics of ugliness. She is an environmental activist and has lately worked for Cape Hanhikivi camps in Pyhäjoki, Finnish Northern Osthrobothnia, to save the area for people and nature, and not for nuclear power industry. She is working on the ethics and aesthetics of waste, following the multidiciplinary studies of environmental aesthetics. She is enthusiastic about modern flamenco dance and the kinetic experience of the environment.
Maren Richter is curator, writer and researcher, currently based in Linz/Austria. In her theory and practice she focuses on artistic and curatorial practice, which searches for alternative modes of knowledge production within a society of globalisation. How can art respond to rapid transformations of politics, economy, education and ecology that uprise in a climax of emergency? And how do those parameters shape our lives and aesthetic practice? - are some of the questions, which Maren Richter is concerned with and research on. Currently she is Board Member of “ Lower Austrian Art Culture in Public Space” – Government of Lower Austria, which searches for new modes of address in public space- and the interconnection of rural, local, global planetary.
Hannah Star Rogers grew up in rural Alabama and received her Ph.D. at Cornell University, where her research concerned the intersection of art and science, particularly critiques of science in contemporary art. Her scholarly publications have appeared in Configurations, Photomediations, and A New Synthesis. Her curatorial project, Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, received the an exhibits prize from the British Society for the History of Science and resulted in an invited lecture at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She teaches writing at Columbia University and the University of Virginia. Her exhibit reviews regularly appear in Leonardo. In addition to her work as a scholar, curator, and reviewer, Rogers is a recognized poet, whose poetry and poetry reviews have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Archive, The Carolina Quarterly, and Catch & Release. She has received residencies with the Acadia National Park Service writing residency and ArtHub in Kingman, AZ. She is currently working on a manuscript, Luck with Animals.
Miguel Santos considers intersecting perspectives in art and science to investigate notions of subjectivity and its relation with Nature. He was awarded a PhD in Fine Arts from Sheffield Hallam University (2011) for a transdisciplinary project investigating how artists employ disturbances in the work of art. His installations, videos and photographs have been exhibited internationally and he was an artist in residence at the German Cancer Research Centre, when artists were introduced to synthetic biology and contributed to the critical debate of this field. He is a Leverhulme Trust artist in residency in the Geography Department at Durham University.