Collage reading with textîles – threading speculative archipelagoes at FRACTO 2021

FRACTO 2021’s theme “Appropriation” alludes to found footage and other practices of (re)contextualisation in experimental filmmaking. textîles approaches akin forms of creative (re)appropriation – weaving timelines, crossing archives, engaging with speculative fiction and worlding – while also taking critical and radical stances on predatory appropriation, extractivism, dispossession and restitution. This edition of FRACTO – Experimental Film Encounter features a parallel special program presented by Occulto in the ACUD Gallery space: textîles – threading speculative archipelagoes.

For the closing of this textîles episode, you are invited to a physical public collage reading, where theory, fiction, practices and poetry interweave in different languages. We are not experts on textiles, but share the desire to activate the archipelago for collective, nonlinear storytelling. A collage reading guided by Sina Ribak. textîles are: Filippo Bertoni, Alice Cannavà, Chiara Garbellotto, Sybille Neumeyer.

Sunday 24th of October, 17.00-19.00 at Acud Gallery. Entrance is free, but rvsp is mandatory.  https://www.occultomagazine.com/registration-textiles-at-fracto-2021/

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The Future of Environmental Pedagogies / As part of Future Talks at ‘The Sun Machine is Coming Down’

Emerging from programs that already took place at the natureculture learning site of the Floating University Berlin, the dialogue “The Future of Environmental Pedagogies” wishes to dismantle artificial divisions between forms of practice. At this talk I will share from my ‘Thinking through the web of life with sponges’ research:

Sharing stories about sponges, is an invitation to rethink the frames defining how and what we are learning about the world we live in. While getting to know sponges, we might meet our ancestors or even ourselves.

Sina Ribak

• 17th of October 2021 SUNDAY 20:00, “Bureau for Hybridising Encounters” at the ICC as part of “The Sun Machine Is Coming Down”, a project by Berliner Festspiele
• The Future of Environmental Pedagogies, with: Katherine Ball, Ignacio Farias, Sandra Jasper, Sina Ribak and Ela Spalding

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Rewilding Urban Spaces / Climate Care 2021 conversation

In this conversation, the role and potential of rewilding is discussed, both as a concept for conservation in urban areas and in the context of a warming climate. To what extent is rewil­ding useful as a strategy in urban areas to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate?

Image: Site Map of Climate Care 2021: The Rewilding Years – Theory and Practice on a natureculture learning site

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Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #37 / Symbiotic Planet / Ashore by Lynn Margulis at Climate Care 2021

Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies &the arts in collaboration with Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur. Image: Interspecies Communication, 2015, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky. At Climate Care 2021: The Rewilding Years.

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OÌR SOMOS RÌO at a ‘book is a room where we can meet’

For the first time, the bilingual edition of OÍR SOMOS RÍO / Flussrauschen Flusslauschen initiated and edited by Magdalena Walpoth & Elkin Claderón is presented. At this occasion, Sina Ribak accompanies the collective reading enfolding within ‘a book is a room where we can meet‘ created by Jana Maria Dohmann & Nadine Vollmer | Kulturen des Kuratorischen. Illustration by Ana Delgado.

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Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #36 / The Tree of Life Grows in on Itself

Image: Intersections, 2021, Pascalle Blokker

The history of any organism is often depicted on a family tree. Family trees usually are grown from the ground up: a single trunk branches off into many separate lineages, each branch diverging from common ancestors. But symbiosis shows us that such trees are idealized representations of the past. In reality the tree of life often grows in on itself. Species come together, fuse, and make new beings, who start again. Biologists call the coming together of branches – whether blood vessels, roots, or fungal threads – anastomosis. […] The tree of life is a twisted, tangled, pulsing entity with roots and branches meeting underground and in midair to form eccentric new fruits and hybrids.

Lynn Margulis

June 11, 2021, 14:00 CEST, click to RVSP

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Learning with the More-Than-Human @DocFest Exchange

Skill in living, awareness of belonging to the world, delight in being part of the world, always tends to involve knowing our kinship as animals with animals…our fellowship as creatures with other creatures, things with other things.

Ursula K. Le Guin

In this online workshop, we will collectively develop an awareness of the more-than-human worlds around us. Practising attentiveness to life at all scales, we will see what other ways of knowing, doing, becoming and relating can be possible when we detach ourselves from an anthropocentric perspective.

Hosted by Alen Ksoll, Jamie Allan, Ko-Fan Lin, Sina Ribak on Zoom.

To register please click here.

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Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #35 / Cosmopolitan Bodies – Two Billion Years of Branching and Fusing

A mycelial network is a map of a fungus’s recent history, and is a helpful reminder that all life forms are in fact processes not things.

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life

Since the beginning of this year, we have been reading Merlin Sheldrake’s inspiring book Entangled Life. Both being passionate mushroom hunters, this book shows us so many more and unexpected levels of how our life is interconnected with these often hidden organisms.

Over the course of the months our copies of the book have themselves become an interconnected organism “connected to each other, not linearly, but in a net-like, entangled fabric” to quote Humboldt.

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Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #34 / How Many Natures Can “Futures” Nurture?

In their 2016 essay Pedro Neves Marques asked “How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture?”(1). Looking at their more recent essays (2), we want to explore the multiplicity of futures and natures that Pedro Neves Marques’ work deals with: multinaturalism, afrofuturism, science fiction and political agency of sex, alterities against colonial power, oppression, and manipulation.

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