Metamorphosis – Reading Group

Cross–Contaminations

Abstract graphic of a person and a cat-like animal in green and white

Wed, 01.12.2021, 7 pm CET, Duration: 1:30h, Online
Fully booked
Language: English

For individuals and families, registration required – limited number of participants!

Drawing inspiration from insects, microbes and plants, the reading group creates a space for a collective reflection on metamorphosis, radical transformations, mutations and collective change. As a group to read together, share perspectives and exchange knowledge in the ongoing ecological, climate and social crisis. Texts from a diversity of fields and genres – such as science fiction, poetry, philosophy, natural sciences, anthropology and arts – open a critical zone for discussions on biocultural diversities, interdependencies and multi-species relationships in more-than-human ecologies. 

Cross–Contaminations
In this session viral, fungal and microbial encounters invite us to think about and within new assemblages, and, to reflect how contamination becomes the base for collaboration and new concepts of society.

Digital requirements: internet access, video conferencing capability (computer camera and microphone). The guided tour will be hosted on zoom. We will send you the Zoom link shortly before the workshop begins.

Readings: Excerpts from »A Symbiotic Planet« by Lynn Margulis (2008), »The mushroom at the end of the world« by Anna Tsing (2015) and »Clay’s Ark« by Octavia E. Butler (1984); "The placenta goes viral: Retroviruses control gene expression in pregnancy“ Edward B. Chuong (2018)

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You can call us:
Tuesday 1 pm–6 pm,
Thursday 9 am–1 pm

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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