• Akademie der Künste / Hanseatenweg / Salon
Towards a Planetary Cultural Landscape

with Adonis Leboho, Chris Julien, Klára Peloušková, Lukáš Likavčan, Solveig Qu Suess

  • Workshop

The planetary scale of ecological collapse demands the expansion of vocabularies largely determined by Western science. To move beyond the limits of contemporary planetary frameworks means to widen disciplinary perspectives involved in these conceptual undertakings, and to critically rethink what notions of scale hinder or enable the much-needed discursive transitions.

Conceptualising new cultural landscapes of the planetary also presents various challenges to conventional forms of terrestrial humannes. Habits of embodiment and forms of social reproduction developed under formerly secure terrestrial conditions are revealed as inadequate models for a changing planetary and cosmic context.

What to expect?

By addressing these urgencies, this workshop responds to the questions that lay at the core of the More-than-Planet Working Group’s agenda: How to think about the planet as a cultural object? How can cultural work engage cosmic research, geosciences, and astronautics to productively shape their discourses?

To answer these questions, selected participants will engage in conceptual mapping exercises facilitated by the members of the Working Group, and identify what ways of mattering emerge on the interface between culture and planetary or cosmic sciences. Through open, collaborative discussion and shared expertise, participants will contribute to the development of the more-than-planetary cultural realities.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Creative Europe programme under grant agreement No 101056238.

More-than-Planet is an European project that finds an urgency to re-examine the way people understand and picture the environment on the level of the planet as a conceptual whole, together with partners Ars Electronica (AT), Northern Photographic Finland (FI), ART2M/Makery (FR), Leonardo/Olats (FR) and Zavod Projekt Atol (SI). In a collaboration with artists, critical thinkers, and various experts from cultural, environmental, and outer space institutions, the project will address a crisis of planetary imaginary. www.more-than-planet.eu
Adonis Leboho is part of a coterie of Beat enthusiasts, the Dead Beats, based at the University of Sheffield. His research interests focus on the musicality of Beat prose and poetics as well as the influence and pursuit of ‘it’. Alongside his studies he co-runs the *Dead Beats Literary Journal*, a burgeoning hub of new literary potential inspired by the Beat Poets.
Chris Julien is senior research fellow at Waag Futurelab. Next to that, he is doing a PhD at Utrecht University titled ‘Ecological Governance: Deep Adaptation Machines’. He is also active for Extinction Rebellion in the Netherlands.
Klára Peloušková is a lecturer, writer, editor and PhD candidate at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She works as a Methodologist in the Department of Design and as a Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Theory at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. As a PhD candidate she focuses on the political implications of strategic design methodologies.
Lukáš Likavčan is Global Perspective on Society Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Shanghai, and research affiliate at NYU Shanghai’s Center for AI & Culture. His research areas cover philosophy of technology and environmental philosophy. He is an author of Introduction to Comparative Planetology (2019).
Solveig Qu Suess works within the fields of documentary film, art and research. Her practice has been investigating the optics of an increasingly unpredictable world, using filmmaking as means to research and connect registers of the intimate and geopolitical.