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Invited guests:

Karen Barad
        Karen Barad is a Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad's Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barad is the Co-Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC.

Filipa Ramos
        Filipa Ramos, born in Lisbon, is a writer, teacher and curator. Her research focuses on the relationships between contemporary art and film, how moving images address environmental and ecological issues and, in particular, the ways in which artists' films foster interspecies relationships between humans, non-humans and machines. She teaches on the MRes Arts at Central Saint Martins (London) and in the MA program at the Institute of Arts, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (Basel). Ramos is the founding curator of Vdrome, a program of film screenings by visual artists and filmmakers that she runs with Andrea Lissoni. She is the curator of the symposia series "The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish" with Lucia Pietroiusti for the Serpentine Galleries, London.

Báyò Akómoláfé
Author, speaker, lecturer, renegade academic, ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher, and proud diaper-changer, Báyò Akómoláfé (Ph.D.), is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, and counter-intuitive take on global crisis, civic action, and social change. He is Executive Director and Initiating / Co-ordinating Curator for the Emergence Network. Bayo has authored two books: ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters To My Daughter on Humanity’s Search For Home’ and has penned forewords for many others.
       Báyò is visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and has taught in universities around the world (including Sonoma State University California, Simon Frasier University Vancouver, Schumacher College Devon, Harvard University, and Covenant University Nigeria – among others). He is a consultant with UNESCO, leading efforts for the Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) project. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India – “where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising.” He considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son – Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden – and their mother, his wife, and “life-nectar”, Ijeoma.

Claire Colebrook
        Claire Colebrook is a cultural theorist who is currently an English teacher at the Pennsylvania State University. She graduated from a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 at University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University in 1989, and she is a Doctor of philosophy graduated from the University of Edinburgh, 1993. She is known for her several publications regarding themes such as queer theory, cultural studies, poetry, and film studies. 

Cary Wolfe
        Cary Wolfe is the founding director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory Rice University and founding editor of the series Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press, which publishes works by known authors such as Donna Haraway, Jaques Derrida, Roberto Esposito, Michel Serres, Isabelle Stengers and Vilem Flusser. He graduated with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in English, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature. He also has a Master of Arts degree in the Department of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986, and a Ph.D, Department of English, Duke University, 1990.  He has published books and several articles and essays, including Animal Rites:American Culture, The Discourse of Species, Posthumanist Theory, and two multi-authored philosophical collections:  Philosophy and Animal Life with Cora Diamond, Ian Hacking, Stanley Cavell, and John McDowell, and The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue with philosophers Paola Cavalieri, Peter Singer, Harlan Miller, Matthew Calarco, and novelist J. M. Coetzee.

Paloma Contreras
Paloma Contreras approaches different topics related to gender, structure and political heritage, violence, post-colonialism and class segregation through drawing, sculpture, performance, writing and installations. She lives and works in Mexico City and reaches certain communities to build affective bondings and address her themes of interest.  She studied Visual Artes at La Esmeralda and participated on Programa Educativo SOMA and has been granted an award by FONCA. Her work has been shown in many renowned places in Mexico City, Paris and Puerto Rico such as Museo Tamayo, Galerìa Lobos, MUCA Roma, Biquini Wax, Palais de Tokio, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, Lille 3000 Eldorado, amongst others.
Gesyada Siregar
Gesyada Siregar is a curator, writer and art organizer. She lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the Subject Coordinator for Articulation & Curation at GUDSKUL: Contemporary Art Collectives and Ecosystem Studies, an art educational platform co-founded by Grafis Huru Hara, Serrum and ruangrupa in Jakarta, 2018. She has worked in ruangrupa since 2013, beginning by being selected for the Indonesia Young Curator Workshop organized by the collective and Jakarta Arts Council. She was the co-coordinator of the GUDsel in the BAK (basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht) Fellowship for Situated Practice, and co-organizes Kelas Bareng - a collaborative joint class program between GUDSKUL, Städelschule, Germany, blaxTARLINES KUMASI, Ghana, and Nordland kunst- og filmhøgskole, Norway. She has interests in supporting young artists, rereading Indonesian art writings from the period of 1940 - 1990s, and how she can intertwine them. She likes to explore archives, astrology, experiential storytelling, games, media and public programming as an art pedagogical module. Selected exhibitions, publications, and projects include: documenta fifteen, Kassel, Germany, 2020-2022; GUDSKUL's Articulating FIXER 2021: An Appraisal of Indonesian Art Collectives in the Last Decade (2021); GUDSKUL & Art Gallery of York University, Toronto's Collective as School Workbook (2020), Instrumenta - International Media Arts Festival: Machine/Magic & Sandbox, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, 2019 - 2018; Jakarta Arts Council's Paintings Collection: Theoryless Paintings, Galeri Cipta III, Jakarta, 2017; Indonesian Visual Art Heritage Book: Cap Go Meh - S. Sudjojono for Ministry of Education & Culture Republic of Indonesia (2017); and Mode of Liaisons - Japan Foundation's Condition Report ‘What is Southeast Asia?', Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2017).

Stacy Alaimo
        Stacy Alaimo is a teacher and researcher that addresses environmental humanities, anthropocene feminisms, gender theory, science studies, animal studies, material ecocriticism, critical theory, materialist theory. She especially focuses on developing models of new materialism, material feminisms, environmental justice, and, most recently, the blue (oceanic) humanities. Her work also explores the intersections between literary, artistic, political, and philosophical approaches to environmentalism along with the practices and experiences of everyday life.
        Dr. Alaimo has published more than 60 scholarly articles and chapters, has won numerous teaching and graduate mentoring awards and has also worked to develop campus sustainability and academic programs in environmental studies.  Her concept of “transcorporeality” has been widely taken up in the arts, humanities, and sciences-- featured, for example, as a topic in The Posthuman Glossary.

Mary Maggic
        Mary Maggic is a nonbinary artist working at the intersection of hormones, body and gender politics, and ecological alienations. Maggic frequently uses “biohacking” as a xeno-feminist practice of care that holds the potential to demystify invisible systems of molecular biopower. Completing their Masters in the Design Fiction group at MIT Media Lab, Maggic is a current member of the global network Hackteria - Open Source Biological Art, the tactical theater collective Aliens in Green, the Asian feminist group Mai Ling Vienna, as well as a contributor to the radical syllabus project Pirate Care and to the online Cyberfeminism Index. 

Lorenzo Sandoval
    Sandoval (Madrid, 1980) works as an artist, filmmaker and curator. He holds a B.F.A and a Masters in Photography, Art and Technology from the UPV (Valencia, Spain). He won the art prize 'Generación 2017' presented in La Casa Encendida (Madrid) and ‘V Beca DKV- Álvarez Margaride’ for ‘Shadow Writing (Algorithm /Quipu)’ at LABoral, Gijón, 2017. Sandoval was nominated for the ‘Berlin Art Prize 2018’ and ‘Premio Arte Contemporáneo Cervezas Alhambra 2020’. He received curatorial prizes such as Inéditos 2011, Can Felipa curatorial prize and Nogueras Blanchard 2012.  He presented 'Shadow Writing (Lace/Variations)' in Lehman + Silva Gallery in Porto and Nottingham Contemporary. He was part of 'Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog. Exploring the sonic cosmologies of Halim El Dabh' curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Kamila Metwaly and Marie Helénè Pereira for Dak'art Biennale 2018. Sandoval was artist in residency with Bisagra in Lima, culminating in an exhibition at Amano Museum Textile Museum. He was part of the Miracle Workers Collective representing Finland in the Venice Biennale 2019. Sandoval presented the film ‘Shadow Writing (Fábrica Colectiva)’ at IVAM Alcoi, a research on the collectivization of factories related to sound. In 2020, “Shadow Writing” was curated at Centro Párraga by Emanuele Guidiwith pieces from all the chapters of the project. He participated in “Here History Began. Tracing the Re/Verberations of Halim El-Dabh” at SAVVY Contemporary, with the commissioned film “The Book of Vibration” on El Dabh. Together with Tono Vízcaino, exhibited  ‘Industria. Matrices, tramas y sonidos’ at IVAM in 2021. In 2022, opened 'Las formas que sostienen el discurso' at The Liminal, a collaboration with Floreal Rodríguez de la Paz, with a film on the anarchist monument build in the proximities of the Albatera Concentration camp. In 2018, he started the research for his current research project “Garganta/Brazo/Surco”, which as an output will have a film titled “That summer of ‘22”. Since 2015, Sandoval runs The Institute for Endotic Research, which opened as a venue in 2018.

The Institute of Queer Ecology
Lee Pivnik is a Miami-based artist, working predominantly in sculpture, video and social practice. In 2018 he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Sculpture and a concentration in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, and in 2022 he attended the Immersion Program at The School of Architecture (TSOA) at Arcosanti. Nic Baird is a biologist, artist, writer, and dancer living in New York City. Baird served as co-director for the Institute of Queer Ecology since 2017 and is currently working on a doctorate in paleobiology.
        In 2017 Pivnik started the Institute of Queer Ecology, a collaborative organism that works to imagine and realize an equitable multispecies future. He has continued to run the project alongside artist and evolutionary biologist Nicolas Baird. IQECO builds on the theoretical framework of Queer Ecology, an adaptive practice concerned with interconnectivity, intimacy, and multispecies relationality. Guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking, they work to undo dangerously destructive human-centric hierarchies—or even flip them—to look at the critical importance of things happening invisibly; underground and out of sight.
        To date, the Institute of Queer Ecology has worked with over 120 different artists to present interdisciplinary programming that oscillates between curating exhibitions and directly producing artworks/projects. IQECO has presented projects with the Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami, Florida), the Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf, Germany), the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (Medellín, Colombia), the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (Serbia), ASAKUSA (Tokyo, Japan), the Biennale of Sydney (Australia), Prairie (Chicago, IL), Bas Fisher Invitational (Miami, FL) Gas Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), among others.

Uriel Fogué
        PhD in architecture from the UPM (outstanding doctoral thesis prize, academic year 2014-15; doctoral thesis finalist at the X Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, 2016). His professional practice extends to the field of teaching (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, visiting teacher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL) and research (co-director of the Political Fictions Crisis Cabinet and collaborator of the Institute For Postnatural Studies and the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives). He is co-curator of the thought group Encounters At The Edge (IPS, 2021-22).
        Since 2006, he co-directs the architecture office elii, which was part in the Spanish Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale (awarded the 2016 Golden Lion), and that has, among other national and international recognitions, two works selected for the European Union Prize For Contemporary Architecture Mies Van Der Rohe Award (2015 and 2019). Their work Yojigen Poketto was selected as one of the 20 visionary domestic spaces of the last 100 years in the exhibition ‘Home Stories 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors’, at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (2020). Elii won the FAD Award (2020) and FAD Opinion Award (2005), and were finalist and shortlisted FAD Award (2017, 2018 and 2020). They won the First Prize from the Madrid College of Architects (2017) and have been recognized on other 5 occasions with the COAM Award (2018, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2006).
    Fogué is author of the book The architectures of the end of the world (Puente editors, 2022). Along with the members of elii, Fogué is co-author of the books: Super Petites Maisons (EPFL, 2022), Beyond The Limits (CentroCentro, 2020) and What is Home Without a Mother (HIAP – MataderoMadrid, 2015), awarded at the XIII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2015, and Beyond the Limits. He is co-editor of the book: Planos de intersección: materiales para un diálogo entre filosofía y arquitectura (Lampreave, 2011, with Luis Arenas) and co-editor of the publication UHF, listed in the Archivo de Creadores de Madrid. His article “Technifying Public Space and Publicizing Infrastructures: Exploring New Urban Political Ecologies through the Square of General Vara del Rey”, published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR, 2013), together with Fernando Domínguez Rubio, was highlighted as one of the most relevant texts in the last 40 years of this scientific publication.

Institute for Postnatural Studies
faculty members:

Gabriel Alonso
        Based and born in Madrid, Gabriel Alonso is a visual artist and researcher formed between the ETSAM (Madrid), the Technische Universität (Berlin), and Columbia University in New York at the MS-CCCP, where he graduated with honors with his research thesis An Archaeology of Containment. In his works, through various formats such as installation, sculpture, photography or video, he investigates contemporary relationships between fiction and materiality, in order to blur binomials between the natural and the artificial, the human and the non-human, understanding nature as a complex cultural construct. Represented by Pradiauto Gallery (Madrid), his work has been exhibited in different galleries and international exhibitions, such as Nordés Galería (Santiago de Compostela), CaixaForum (Barcelona), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), CA2M (Madrid), Centro-Centro (Madrid), Fundación La Caixa (Barcelona), Matadero (Madrid), John Doe Gallery (New York), IIAF (New York), Poor Media Leuven (Belgium), Mila Gallery (Berlin) among others. He has been assistant professor at Barnard College of the University of Columbia (NYC) and at the Master of Advanced Architecture of the ETSAM, and has given many lectures, talks and workshops in different international institutions, museums and universities. In 2020, he received the Creation Grant from the Madrid City Council, and in 2016 he received the FAD award for his publication Desierto and was awarded one of the prestigious grants from the Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts. In 2020, he founded the Institute for Postnatural Studies. In parallel to his academic experimentation, research and curatorial practice, he develops an editorial practice through the platform Cthulhu books.

Yuri Tuma
        Yuri Tuma is a multidisciplinary Brazilian artist who focuses on the investigation of contemporary narratives related to diverse ecologies through sound art, installation, and performance as a way to address and reevaluate the human/animal binomial imposed by science and Western thinking. More actively, in addition to academic programming and development, he coordinates the Institute's publishing project, Cthulhu Books, to become a showcase for the political potential of imagining new worlds and possible futures for the planet through academic and artistic research. Starting in 2021, in addition to participating in residencies and coordinating workshops around interspecies thinking, Tuma works with educational and mediation programs through sound art and performance at Spanish institutions such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Matadero, La Casa Encendida, INLAND, among others.

Clara Benito
        Clara Benito is an independent researcher based in Madrid, currently collaborating with the Institute for Postnatural Studies as a researcher, assistant in workshops and seminars, as well as co-editor, writer and proofreader within the Institute's publishing house of critical thought and ecology Cthulhu Books. With a background in philosophy and visual arts, Clara is currently pursuing the research master's degree rMA Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and has been part of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) since 2018. Her research, interdisciplinary in nature but with a strong influence from philosophy, touches on topics such as posthumanism, animal studies, queer theory and feminist and gender studies, decolonial theory and environmental humanities.

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Monday Oct 31 2022