Ecological Time: natures that matter in activism and art

Ecological Time: natures that matter in activism and art

In the fourth and last seminar of Time Matters, we will look into natures that matter in art, science and activism.

Now – at a time when ecological catastrophes become ever more manifest and the term Anthropocene connects the symptoms of this crisis – it has become clear that modern culture has only ostensibly been cut off from the multifarious web of intimate relations we call nature. Perception is changed by knowledge and art, shifting what and how things touch and move us. Art makes sensible that the way we treat nature is also the way we treat each other, and subversively practices and presents different perspectives and relations, by interrupting conventionalized routines and tempos in order to attune to other lifeforms. Likewise, art relates to knowledge to evoke actions, alternatives and care.

For this seminar, Monique Peperkamp, PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and researcher for the professorship Theory in the Arts, has invited artists Terike Haapoja and Daniela Paes Leão. Lectures will be given by Terike, about her work’s focus on existential and political boundaries and the exclusion of other species; by Monique, about natures and ecologies that matter in art, and by Daniela, who will also give a workshop. Daniela’s work has developed from a more personal and intimate practice to a more abstract and theoretical investigation of social issues and ultimately the umbrella subject of climate change.

Daniela Paes Leão (b. Coimbra, 1974) graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Porto, works across film, photography, drawing, performance and new media. Her work has been exhibited at Guimarães – European Capital of Cultural 2012, Tate Britain (London), Cube Project Space (Taipei) and W139 (Amsterdam) among others. She has received grants from inter alia the European Cultural Foundation, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Mondriaan Fund and DOEN Foundation. Currently, she lives and works in Amsterdam.

Terike Haapoja is a visual artist based in New York. Her large scale installation work, writing and political projects investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism. The question of animality and the possibility of a community of difference are re-occurring themes. Terike represented Finland in the 55 Venice Biennale with a solo show in the Nordic Pavilion, and her work has been awarded with ANTI prize for Live Art (2016), Dukaatti-prize (2008), Ars Fennica prize nomination, Finnish State Media art award (2016) and  Kiila-prize (2013). Her work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally including Taipei Biennale, Momentum Biennale, Museum of Modern Art in China, Chronus Art Center Shanghai, ISCP New York, House of Electronic Arts Basel and ZKM, Germany. Terike Haapoja is an adjunct professor at Parsons Fine Arts and NYU, New York.

Image: Terike Haapoja



9.45   Doors open (Coffee and Tea)

10.15   Introduction by Peter Sonderen

10.30   Lecture by Monique Peperkamp

11.30   Lecture by Daniela Paes Leão

12.15   Lunch

13.00   Workshop by Daniela Paes Leão

15.00   Break

15.15   Lecture by Terike Haapoja

16.15   Q & A and Discussion and Closing Drinks