From Lynn Margulis we have learnt that symbiogenesis is obligatory for evolution (and the origin of life). Her scientific findings propose other ways of viewing our living Earth and the tree of life than those of our traditional human-centered western perspective. With this knowledge, can we better embrace images and stories of the Yanomani culture?Read More
“This ‘anthropo-’ blocks attention to patchy landscapes, multiple temporalities, and shifting assemblages of humans and nonhumans: the very stuff of collaborative survival.”1Anna Tsing
Over the course of the last two years, among many worldviews we learnt about multinaturalism through Yamomani cosmologies.Read More
During the last two sessions, reading together in the ‘Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet‘ anthology, we started our exchange on ecological loss and grief in general. Now, not only ecological but all kinds of societal changes are omnipresent due to Covid-19. With so many uncertainties and questions in mind, let’s turn to ecologies for inspirations in our thinking and doing:
“Although we have only just begun to understand collective behaviour in a few systems, we already see analogies in the forms of collective behavior used by neurons, other types of cells, and ant colonies. This suggests to me that the number of forms of collective behavior used in different systems is not infinite, and so there is some hope if we look at ecologies associated with the forms of collective behavior, we will see trends.” [Deborah M. Gordon]
“[…] solastalgia is the pain or sickness caused by the loss or lack of solace and the sense of isolation connected to the present state of one’s home and territory.” [Glenn Albrecht, 2005]
How not to surrender to grief? Around one and a half years ago, reading Rebecca Solnit’s guide to changing the world, we learned that social and ecological activism can give ‘Hope in the Dark’. Around five months ago, burning forests in Brazil and Bolivia took us to the Yanomani worldview wondering about their value of growth ‘në rope’.
oddkin°labs is a collaborative experiment with naturecultures that took place at the Experimentierfeld of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin this year.
- How do our collaborative experiences look like?
- Which potential has storytelling in the museum and scientific communication?
- When and where expertise is an obstacle? When is it necessary?
Complexity Game | Evolving Connective Complexity, with Anna B. Hartung, Coaching & Research in Arts. Culture. Innovation.
Trying to imagine an oceanic worldview, we became aware of our senses. Or rather, aware of lost senses no longer practiced such as orientations in the oceans or seeing underwater.Read More
Last time we met, we became aware that forests are burning around the equator. On the raft of the Floating University we read about xapiri (images of mythological animal ancestors) trying to imagine a Yanomani worldview of the Brazilian Amazon. Why imagining an oceanic worldview? No forests could exist without the dust from the deserts, without the winds and oceans.