Collective Agenda: Learning with the more-than-human presents “bryophytes – agency, storytelling and queerness” + “stories about relations with sponges”

Picture by Sina Ribak. Sensing the Sponge I, 2020

Learning with the more-than-human research group (Alen Ksoll and Sina Ribak), along with the other speakers from Art Labor, Statens Konstråd, together with Cecilia Åsberg, from Posthumanities Hub and participants of the Collective Practices Post-Master course, engaged in an exchange on the boundaries between humans and other living and artificial kingdoms and their consequences in art practice and cultural policies.

Paying attention to life (plant, animal, fungal, bacterial) at different scales and drawing on the entanglement of matter and meaning (Karen Barad) the presentation rethinks human-matter relations through storytelling inviting the production of new narratives and considering storytelling as a lens to consider agency as something performed and enacted through interactions.

The Art For Nonhumans seminar is part of the ongoing Collective Agenda presented by Council and the Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm. 15 November 2021, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and online, 2.00 – 5.30 pm
Speakers: Art Labor (Thao Nguyen Phan, Truong Cong Tung & Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran), Learning with the more-than-human research group (Alen Ksoll and Sina Ribak), Irene Snarby, Statens Konstråd (Annika Enqvist and Edi Muka), Cecilia Åsberg
Moderation: Nada Ali, Antonine Scali and Sara Szostak
Facilitated by: Grégory Castéra

Art for Nonhumans is organised in collaboration with Council and supported by Statens Konstråd