Terrestrial University: global (s)warming – recollections of insects and clouds
Virtual image of a beetle in green.
Sybille Neumeyer, Michael John Gorman and Jessica Ware in conversation
Thu, July 22, 2021 7 pm CEST, Talk
Languages: German, English

How can insects help us to perceive and respond faster to the climate crisis and environmental threats?

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How is climate change experienced by a dragonfly? How can – in a data-driven world – old forms of insect-human relationships be recollected, to recover a diversity of knowledge, as fertile ground for new allies and terrestrial communities? And, what implications does the ecological crisis and species extinction have for the work of Natural History and Science Museums?

Taking Sybille Neumeyer’s work »souvenirs entomologiques #1: odonata / weathering data« as a starting point, this conversation will investigate how insects can invite us to reconsider a diversity of relationships between humans and non-humans. 

While multiple insect identities are medially shaped and reshaped by co-evolving modes of mapping, monitoring and collecting, their embodied environmental knowledge, their sensorium and senses are an inspiration for alternate ways of perceiving and being in dialogue with the world. 

As part of the »Terrestrial University«, Sybille Neumeyer's new work »souvenirs entomologiques #1: odonata / weathering data« (2020) will be shown on Thu, 22.07.2021, from 4 – 12 pm CEST.

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The conversation will be broadcast in both English original sound and German simultaneous translation.

Pinned dragonflies on a wall.

Prof. Dr Michael John Gorman is Founding Director of BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern and Professor of Life Sciences in Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Building upon his expertise in science, technology and society, he is the founder of the Science Gallery in Dublin and Science Gallery International, creating spaces for dialogues between art, design, science, and the audience. His collected experiences are published in »Idea Colliders: The Future of Science Museums« (MIT, 2020).

Sybille Neumeyer is an interdependent artist and researcher. Her projects, based on collaborations and dialogues with experts and scientists, focus on more-than-human relations, naturecultures, and ecological issues. Through different media, participatory formats and polyphonic narration, she emphasizes non-human voices and their perspectives on the world while exploring the correlations of biocultural diversity loss, climate crisis and more-than-human health.

Dr. Jessica Ware is curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History and a researcher of behavioral and physiological adaptations in dragonflies, cockroaches, and termites. Besides chairing the Worldwide Dragonfly Association and the Entomological Society of America, she engages in supporting People of Color communities and diversity in science and research.

Terrestrial University

Viewers have the opportunity to accompany the conversation with questions, thoughts and suggestions in the chat of the Critical Zones Telegram group (zkm_criticalzones).

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The event via live stream


Host: Daria Mille

Videostudio: Tim Wenz and Andy Koch

Telegram-Chat: Adamantia Goulandris 

Interpreters: Sonja Willner und Leonie Wagener 

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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