Tuning into Worlds. More-Than-Human Aesthetics in the Arts – Ringvorlesung

Design: Jenny Baese

Lecture Series of the DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts” in cooperation with the Studium Generale

On Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Medienhaus (Aula) 
UdK Berlin
Grunewaldstr. 2–5, 10823 Berlin

The lecture series language is English.

Artistic practices engage with the natural and technological worlds in which we are embedded. How do animal, plant, geological, or machinic forms of perception, knowledge, and being come to bear in aesthetic processes? 

The lecture series focuses on the capacities of the arts to cross, question, and reconfigure human measures, action, and sensing. The question of a more-than-human aesthetics that results from these capacities leads in two directions: How to account for nonhuman aspects, scales, and perspectives within anthropocentric conceptions of art production and reception? And where must we acknowledge forms of aesthetic and perception, poiesis and aisthesis, beyond the human? 

The perspective of more-than-human aesthetics aims to disclose practices and concepts in order to historicize and criticize the entanglement between the arts and their respective technological and natural environments. How can artistic practices alter these entanglements and test other modes of relation? And what material articulations and narratives, what artistic methods, does this propose or demand? What worlds appear and emerge if we focus on more-than-human aesthetics in the arts? 


October 28, 2019: 
Astrid Schrader
Haunted Microbes between Science and Arts

November 11, 2019:
Monika Bakke
Mineral Companionships of Evolving Environments 

November 25, 2019: 
Pinar Yoldas
Trapped in our Umwelt. Expanding Ecological Empathy through Art and Design

December 09, 2019: 
Beatrice Fazi
Aesthetics and the Computational Outside

January 06, 2020:
Christoph Cox
Against Subjectalism. Materialism, Posthumanism, and the Sonic Arts

January 20, 2020: 
Mette Ingvartsen
Expanded Choreography. Encounters between Human and Non-Human Agency in Dance 

February 03, 2020: 
Jussi Parikka & Geocinema (Asia Bazdyrieva, Solveig Suess)
Art from Large-Scale Systems: Operational Images and Geocinema

Concept: Maximilian Haas, Irina Raskin, Fritz Schlüter
Organisation: Christina Deloglu-Kahlert, Flóra Tálasi, Katrin Wendel, Yasemin Wistuba
Support: Sarah Hampel, Xin Wang

Tuning into Worlds. More-than-Human Aesthetics in the Arts