in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Entangling Worlds – Approaches on Ecofeminism, Cohabitation and Queer Ecology
Lecturer: Anja Lückenkemper
Course dates: 6 Apr + 13 Apr 2024, 2–6pm (CEST)
Maximum participants: 20
⮕ Enrol here until 30 March 2024
Special Fee: 280 CHF
How can we overcome the dichotomies between human and non-human entities, between natural and cultural spheres, between a living and a non-living world? How can we emphasizes the importance of emotional and relational connections, promoting a sense of intimacy, respect, and care for the natural world?
A thinking along the lines of ecofeminism and queer ecology helps us to challenge dominant narratives and power structures that govern our relationship with the natural world. Applying feminist and queer methodologies, both approaches share a concern for ethical relationships with the environment: emphasizing care ethics, highlighting the need for nurturing and sustainable connections with nature, as well as highlighting the need for intersectional approaches to environmental justice struggles.
Entangling Worlds – Approaches on Ecofeminism, Cohabitation and Queer Ecology invites and challenges us – as a group – to reinvent our understanding of nature in the light of queer and feminist theories. Based on exercises, as well as theoretic and artistic inputs this practice-based workshop will explore and attempt new ways of thinking about our relationship with nature and biology. Together we will speculate on queering of nature as a new form of relationality based on kinship and fluidity, instead of domination and destruction.
Anja Lückenkemper is an independent curator, researcher, and writer based in Berlin. Her practice focuses on an analysis of the present in its historical and global embedding, with a special interest in the construction of knowledge and knowledge production. 2016/17 she was artistic director at Kunstverein Göttingen. Anja has worked in non-institutional contexts, as well as for art institutions such as Kunstverein Munich, KW Institut for Contemporary Art, Berlin Biennial, daad Gallery Berlin and Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Additionally, she is a is a doctoral researcher at the Zurich University of the Arts & University of Reading, looking at critical ecologies.
Image: Matthäus Merian the Elder “Nutrix ejus terra est”, 1618 (© Science History Institute) / Naomi Rincón Gallardo “Heavy Blood”, 2018 (© the artist).
Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.
This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 10am–2pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself and your project (3-5mins). The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.