Mutating Ecologies in Contemporary Art, II International Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
December 24, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Barcelona / MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

What role could philosophy play to the challenges posed by climate change, resource depletion and the diverse political and cultural crises our societies face in the 21st Century? How to identify the toxic effects of the logic of advance capitalism and neoliberal globalization in a cognitive, social and structural level? What kind of narratives, cartographies and figurations account for the fractures and contradictions of our times? How to reinvent subjectivity when trying to make it compatible with mutating universes of value? How can art, cultural becomings and institutional practice be thought in terms of environmental sustainability in the postnatural and posthuman, technologically-mediated era of the Anthropocene?
The II Symposium Mutating ecologies in contemporary art seeks to deepen on the value and the effectiveness of the philosophical tradition of vital materialism as a non-dualist model of political ecology that enables ways to imagine alternative forms of relation and political action. We will work departing from the elements that define its ethical-political project: the situated knowledge, the historicity of the body, and the question of the affects. This model of thought nourish current artistic imagination, modulating compounds made of forces and materials imbuing proposals that provide new ways of understanding, interrogating and transforming our relation with the planet and all living entities. They do so by visual, discursive and sensual strategies, experimenting with disciplinary confinements and generating new posthuman ethics and new posthuman politics.

The Symposium will be articulated around the opening talk of Dr. Anne Sauvagnargues (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defénse), which will be followed by communications previously selected through a call for papers. Anne Sauvagnargues is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. A specialist in aesthetics and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, she co-directs the collection 'Lignes d’art' with Fabienne Brugère for Presses Universitaires de France. She is the author of numerous works, including Deleuze and Art (Bloomsbury 2013), Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon (Edinburgh University Press 2016), and Deleuze. L’empirisme transcendental (Presses universitaires de France 2008, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press).

We invite artists, curators, researchers, writers, art historians and other cultural producers working with environmental sustainability as methodology, both as instituting practice and as a critique of institutional behaviours. We look for projects that go beyond blind spots of liberal individualism and deep ecology in the affirmation of the rhizomatic, embodied and embedded nature of subjectivity, which is inherently ethical. Just as we need a philosophy after it becomes imperative engaging in imaginning an art after nature understood as a the practice of composing a common world that both expresses and conquers the immanence as the plane upon which nomadic subjects build alternative ethical relations.
The II International Symposium Mutating ecologies in contemporary art will take place at Meier Auditorium, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona  (Plaça Joan Coromines, Barcelona) on february 21, 2018

Deadline for sending proposals (extended): December 24, 2017, 11pm (GMT)
Proposals (abstract max. 500 words and short CV) should be sent to:
Production: Research Group AGI (Art, Globalization, Inteculturality), Universitat de Barcelona
Coordinator and moderator: Christian Alonso, Universitat de Barcelona
Special guest speaker: Dr. Anne Sauvagnagues (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defénse)
Language: English. Simultaneous translation service will be not provided
In partnership with: MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Limited seats
Certificate of participation / assistance will be provided