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Sara Yazdani


Susanne M. Winterling, cosmo algae, 2019, photoprint.
Courtesy of the artist and Parrotta Contemporary Art
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021


I cordially invite you to Parallel Ecologies: A Virtual Symposium on Art, Media and Environments, a one-day symposium taking place on June 24, hosted by Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo and Media Aesthetics at the University of Oslo.

With Ina Blom, Synne Tollerud Bull, Jennifer Gabrys, Stefanie Hessler, Ursula Münster, and Susanne M. Winterling, convened by Sara R. Yazdani.

Zoom link (Registration required). Abstracts and more information. 

Exploring the life of beings both technical and natural in the 1950s and 60s, the philosopher Gilbert Simondon intimated that a being is nothing on its own but only becomes through dynamic interactions with other beings. Such becoming presumes the notion of an environment, the constitution of a “milieu” alongside the individuation and concretization of beings. To speak of individuation rather than singular individuals is to acknowledge the processual nature of “beings” – whether technical or human. Such notions allow us to consider the environmental nature of all beings, the sense that things such as natural materials, humans, animals or basic entities like molecules or pieces of code come into existence through their continual interaction.

This symposium seeks to examine such conceptualizations, the notions that not only humans but technical- and natural objects too form “milieus,” ideas that have been variously explored by artists. More precisely, we wish to discuss how artists since the early twentieth century have probed into the material specificity of various objects and technologies to further explore the processes of their individuation and differentiation.

Seeking to contribute to the development of a genealogy of an ecological thinking of contemporary art, Parallel Ecologies is concerned with our conceptions of existence, of ways of being and modes of sensations as they relate to the condition of Earth in an era defined by some as the “Anthropocene.” Rather than defining our era in terms of the human, however, or of the “Anthropos,” we may instead understand our condition – the condition of life itself – in terms of “entanglements,” “symbiotic relations,” “networks,” “processes” and “milieus”.



June 24, 2021
All times are in Central European Time.

10.30–10.50 Introduction (Art and Parallel Ecologies)
Sara R. Yazdani

10.50–11.50 Intramachinic Weather: Two Cases of Digital Atmospherics
Ina Blom

12.00–13.00 Zoom Blue Dot: Proxistant Earth Models in the Anthropocene
Synne Tollerud Bull

13.45–14.45 Sensing Nature: Curatorial Work at the Intersection of Environmental and Social Justice
Stefanie Hessler

15.00–16.00 Re-constituting the Sensory Infrastructures of Smart Forests
Jennifer Gabrys

16.10–17.10 Parallels (Not More Anthropocentric Paths) in Planetary Sensing as Ways and Method of Art/ Science, Decolonial Environmental Humanities Collaborations
Susanne M. Winterling in conversation with Ursula Münster


Parallel Ecologies is the third part of diagrams, a project of workshops, discursive production, and the exhibition suddenly gave the effect of sunlight (2019), curated and initiated by Sara R. Yazdani. The symposium is generously supported by Norsk Fotografisk Forbund and the Media Aesthetics research group at the University of Oslo.

All welcome!




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