block, recent past
Nicolas Galeazzi Troubled Gardens / Block 2019/II
29 April-28 July 2019
ecologies of artistic research
The earth faces troubles of kind humanity never experienced before: climatic changes induced by humankind are dramatically destructive and – meanwhile unavoidable. Therefore we can register a shift in the environmental movement from an understanding of trying to prevent the planet from a catastrophe to mere dealing with life within the consequences of climate changes. This perspective fundamentally shifts our culturally abstracted understanding of nature – and therefore it poses big questions to the arts as a source of cultural knowledge for that great deal of life. The catastrophe might mirror the impossibility of hierarchical understandings of the relation between nature and culture, but it also forces us to the obvious insight that all vital cycles – whether social, ecological, technological, cultural, mental, emotional, economic etc.- are inseparably connected ecosystems.
Knowing about their sensitivity and complexity, I’m asking myself, how does my artistic practice and research act within the disturbedness of these ecosystems? How can I understand myself and my research as transformative part of their troubles – knowing, that I’m a troubled and troubling ecosystem myself?
After having curated two blocks at a.pass with regards to the conditions which, and in which we create – the block 2017/II about the commons, as an alternative economy, and the block 2018/I about the making of conditions and Institutional Critique – I see the need to look beyond our cultural boundaries and understand the meshwork of diverse conditions we are living in together with other species, elements and time zones.
The aim of this block is to challenge our individual research aims as living creatures and companions in and as ecosystems. Hyper related, affecting, and never singular, our researches are – however – in resonance with their surrounding. We can not ignore the influence of these aspects, but we are also hardly aware of the performance of these influences on our practice.
Taking this ‚ecosystem-perspective‘ as the main tool for our investigations, this block shall give you the possibility to reflect your research as a relational field within a ‚terrestrial‘ landscape. On the other side, it will unavoidably put our researches in relation to the ecological crisis and catastrophes surrounding us and will help us to develop tools and understanding for a post-anthropocentric, post-atopocenic, probably post-artropocentric relational practice with your research.
Therefore, this block IN-vites you OUT. Where to investigate and experience a behaviour as ecosystem better then in the outside – an outside, that immediately takes us in, makes us being a part of it! ‚Outdoor‘ – at places with-out-doors – might be the right term. Where weather and biosphere meet industrial (side-)performance, migrant activities, walls, traffic, sun – and state power, written and unwritten laws etc. interact with each other.
This block takes you out into the systemically ‚wild‘. What allows structure? I don’t know – at the moment, before having taken up theses c/glasses any curated structure feels violent towards the tenderness of the ecosystems. Handling the idea ‚ecosystem as research as ecosystem‘ with care is as crucial as to care with the greatest sensitivity for the ecosystems we are about to enter by stepping out of the door.
This in mind, I throw out my tentacles to propose a path to step into our ‚worlding‘ experience and to trace the stories we will tell on that way.