Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #46

Photo: Lorena Carras

The Real Body of Life & Death: Mats, Bacteria, Sun and Love

Inspired by floating’s hybrid infrastructure and climate care’s curatorial proposal Crittercratia, we propose a “Real Body of Life & Death: Mats, Bacteria, Sun and Love” session.

At the start of the reading, Lynn Margulis’ ‘Symbiotic Planet’ transports us to the shores, lagoons and salt flats that the biologist has studied deeply to form her revolutionary theories and symbiotic worldview. Next, the passages by Robin Wall Kimmerer add manifold lenses relating botany with emotional intelligence and spiritual ways of knowing. Finally, the engagement in these worlds, ultimately, is love. Passing on the offering by Florian Carl and Jenni Laiti whose intention is “to nourish braver spaces”, we are looking forward to reading and nurturing correspondences together.

Between Us and Nature is an ongoing reading club that chooses texts related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism and the (post)anthropocene from a eco-feminist perspective. Attendees read passages together out loud, and share experiences and thoughts about the nature they live in. Looking beyond disciplines, the group creates a space to learn from and with bacteria, algae, fungi, soil and multinaturalist narratives.

When:​ Friday 22nd of September, 2023 17:00 CEST
Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies and the arts in collaboration with Climate Care Festival – Critterkratia and Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur.