Aarhus University is pleased to announce ‘The Garden & The Dump’, a two-day online conference on the multitude of ways of seeing, thinking, and living ecology through visual art, cinema, magic and philosophy.
The conference will include thesis seminars by Nicolai Skiveren and Aliya Say and feature talks by Timothy Morton, Michael Marder, and Chen Qiufan, amongst many others.
The event is open to all and free to attend. To learn more and register, go to https://gardendump.com/
The programme proposes to engage with a deep theoretical garden of ideas and experiences of ecology with a focus on cycles of decay and efflorescence in garbage and in plants, and on their particular ontologies and ways of inhabitation of the planet.
What appears as a juxtaposition in the title of the conference points at the productive paradox that lies at the heart of the uninterrupted continuums and entangled lives of all humans, non-humans, and things alike. The conference thus attempts to explore the tenets of ecological thinking across a wide spectrum of techno/bio/cultural phenomena, from waste and pollution to more-than-human intelligences and entanglements.
With contributions from the fields of posthuman theory, ecocriticism, new materialism, philosophy, theology, art history, and critical plant studies, we will discuss the sensorial, mystical, aesthetic and theoretical encounters with the nonhuman world, seen through the prismatic ecology of earthly gardens and dumps, and their multi-coloured and multi-dimensional posthuman agencies.