Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) and Kunsthal Aarhus host a two-day artscience programme on multipecies life in contaminated landscapes.
The experimental workshop is organized around individual presentations and collective group activities. Events include a case study of postmining feral life in nearby Søby Brunkuslejerne; harvesting and ingesting potatoes that have been growing at Kunsthal Aarhus and imbibing local microbrews; a performance and civic gathering about the global plight of seeds; watching the lives of sea mammals, pigs and water buffalos on screen; and conversations and meals to enact new ways of inhabiting natures and cultures.
To participate in group activities, everyone is encouraged to collect seeds and read Ursula K. Le Guin's powerful short story, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction. On Saturday, September 5, seeds and stories about encounters with them will be shared during Cecilia Vicuña's Semiya event. On September 6, Le Guin's story will inspire a conversation that considers the first container as the foundational tool of human civilization and collective living.
SATURDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER
Welcome and Introduction
AURA: Multispecies Life in Søby Brown Coal Beds
Field researchers bring together art, science, and natural history to track multispecies encounters and landscape change in Søby.
ÅSA SONJASDOTTER: Between Plants & Politics
Harvest of Adretta potatoes that have been growing at Kunsthal Aarhus over the summer
Break for lunch
Invitation to visit "Multispecies Storytelling", a special book section assembled in cooperation with Antipyrine Books.
MATHIAS KOKHOLM: Ting and Polis
Editor-curator presents works on vandalism, collecting, and Asger Jorn's imaginary institute, S.I.S.V.
CECILIA VICUÑA: Artist Talk
Artist discusses her environmental works with seeds and garbage in Chile since the 1960s.
TOWN HALL: Semiya 2015
A realization of Cecilia Vicuña’s 1971 proposal to Chilean president Salvador Allende: A civic gathering to share stories about collected seeds, culminating in a performance by Vicuña.
NB: Please collect seeds and stories about them to share during the meeting!
Invitation to eat harvested potatoes and enjoy Aarhus microbrews by Kunsthal Café
PAWEŁ WOJTASIK: Enduring Captivity: Sea Mammals, Pigs, Water Buffaloes
Filmmaker's screening and discussion of his multispecies documentaries and new work in India
SUNDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER
ETIENNE TURPIN: Sedimentality - Seven Homolithic Inquiries
An experimental presentation/discussion of seven ways to consider the Anthropocene
ROUNDTABLE: Making and Unmaking the Anthropocene with "The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction" by Ursula K. Le Guin
A lively and open workshop around an alternate story of humans and collective life on earth
NB: Please read the short story here to participate in the conversation
AMY BALKIN: A Report on "A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting"
Artist-researcher presents her collaborative recordings of vanishing places.
SPURSE: Towards a Multispecies Commons
A forage, a meal, a conversation
20.00 Champagne Toast
Wrapping up and invitation to watch Dana Sherwood's racoons in Florida (projection only visible to humans at night)
Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) is an interdisciplinary research group led by Niels Bohr Professor Anna Tsing and Professor Nils Bubandt of Aarhus University, Department of Culture & Society. AURA research combines the arts, sciences, and humanities to study feral biologies and novel technologies shared by humans and nonhumans inhabiting a damaged planet.
The DUMP! workshop is organized in conjunction with an exhibition currently on view at Kunsthal Aarhus, curated by Elaine Gan (AURA), Steven Lam (Purchase College, NY), and Sarah Lookofsky (Museum of Modern Art, NY).
See the film about DUMP!