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Sonia Levy For the Love of Corals, 2018, video installation

26 September 2020, 10:00 am – 7:45 pm CET Time Zone
Online conference, with livestream (Info on ALB Website)

Latest update: 13 September 2020

THE CAMILLE DIARIES Symposium will discuss new artistic projects by eleven international women and non-binary artists (installations, video, objects, performance), currently exhibited in our show The Camille Diaries. Current Artistic Positions on M/otherhood, Life and Care (until 4 October 2020).

Reflecting on the current conditions of our world (environmental changes, gender aspects, biopolitics, etc.), the artists' positions propose an 'aesthetics of care' as the basis for inter-species coexistence. Here, the planet is understood as a symbiotic web in which we are all entangled with one another (humans, plants, animals, environment) – on molecular, organic, ethical and biopolitical levels. The artistic positions investigate reproductive mechanisms, biochemical connections between humans and nonhumans, and refer to alternative biomaterials as "source of life" in future times of scarcity and crisis. The title "The Camille Diaries" alludes to the "Camille Stories" the final chapter of "Staying with the Trouble" (2016) by philosopher and biologist Donna Haraway, a speculative future where a dwindling human population replaces births with care between species. Each "Camille" cares for the genetic material of an endangered species (the monarch butterfly) by storing parts of that material in their own DNA.

The one-day symposium CAMILLE DIARIES will bring the artists together with researchers from the humanities and natural sciences into a critical dialogue. In different panels we will discuss alternative concepts of m/others, wombs and placentas, fluid inheritance and modes of care. We will reflect on genetic and biochemical exchanges between human and nonhuman, both part of and remedy for the Anthropocene. Here the theme of biotechnological transfigurations of human bodies places the human being on the periphery and rather directs our full attention to other living beings – a basic understanding of other species and organisms from a feminist perspective. On the basis of the exhibited works, we will discuss concepts of "Collective survival" and "Arts of noticing" (A. Tsing), "Staying with the Trouble" (D. Haraway), and in particular “Bodies of water” connected to hydrofeminism (A. Neimanis).

Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin)

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Program | Timing (CET Time Zone)

10:00 – 11:20 CET
Introduction into The Camille Diaries
Regine Rapp (Art History, Curatorial Research, Art Laboratory Berlin)
Christian de Lutz (Curatorial Research, Art Laboratory Berlin)
Introductory Talk
Moderated by Regine Rapp
Astrida Neimanis (Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney)

11:45 – 13:15 CET
Panel A | M/others, Wombs and Placentas
Moderated by Tuçe Erel
Cecilia Jonsson (Artist, Amsterdam) – HAEM
Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira (Biomedicine, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam)
Margherita Pevere (Artist, Berlin/ Helsinki) – Wombs
Ai Hasegawa (Artist, Designer, Tokyo) – I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin…

14:15 – 15:45 CET
Panel B | Fluid Inheritance
Moderated by Christian de Lutz
Špela Petrič (Artist, Biochemist, Amsterdam/ Ljubljana) – Phytoteratology
Mary Maggic (Artist, Vienna) – Milik Bersama Rekombinan
Laura Benítez Valero (Philosophy, Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Naja Ankarfeldt | Baum + Leahy (Artists, Copenhagen/ London) – Mammalga

16:10 – 17:50 CET
Panel C | Modes of Care
Moderated by Regine Rapp
Sonia Levy (Artist, London) – For the Love of Corals
Stefan Helmreich (Anthropology, MIT Anthropology, Cambridge/ US)
Nicole Clouston (Artist, Ontario) – Mud (Berlin)
Tarah Rhoda (Artist, New York) – Ourglass
India Mansour (Plant Ecology, Institute of Biology, Free University Berlin)

18:15 – 19:45 CET
M/others and Future Humans
Moderated by Christian de Lutz
Ida Bencke (Curatorial Research and Practice, LABAE, Copenhagen)
Eben Kirksey (Anthropology, Alfred Deakin University, Melbourne)
Final Discussion
Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin)

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