Seminar New Form of Understanding Theory
Miguel Soares (Immunologist), Julieta Aranda (Artist) and Chus Martínez
15.10. – 16.10.2015 und 10.12. – 11.12.2015
We invited Miguel Soares the head of research lab, at the Gulbenkian Institute and Julieta Aranda, an artist that lives in Berlin and New York. This first seminar is crucial for us. The two-day seminar is meant as an introduction to a debate on nature, on artistic practice, on gender that affects traditional ways of understanding the relationship between art and political and social theory. We are facing a rising interest in texts and debates that address natural and species co-evolution, but also forms of intelligence that re-address our position as „humans“ versus nature, but also our relation to technology. Art and artists are showing not only interest in this turn, but a capability in showing how these ideas affect and expand aesthetics, notions of materiality, the body and gender. We will show examples and we will propose texts to read that will serve as preparation fort the October CH-Pool Symposium on Innocence and the November Symposium on Intelligence and Animal Studies.
We chose an immunologist, Miguel Soares, since one of the crucial aspects we want to touch in this first seminar is how to adapt the art curriculum to science and the work methodology of this science. The two days will be dedicated to listen to Miguel Soares and trying to learn from him about the possibilities of adaptation, body response and interaction, all three key concepts for immunology. Since Julieta Aranda and Miguel Soares already did work together, the students will be presented with an understanding of why is an artist interested in this science as well as, what are possible subject matter in common.