Start Up Lectures 2018-19: Three (or more) Ecologies: A Feminist Articulation of Eco-Intersectionality + The Past is an Arrow into the Future

First broadcast: Mon 05.11.2018, 11.06 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 21.11.2018, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Angela Anderson, Michael Baers

In the context of the Startup Lectures on Fri 12 th October– Angela ANDERSON, Michael BAERS, Aikaterini GEGISIAN, Riccardo GIACCONI – introduced themselves and their work, and provided some insight into their respective proposals for their projects.

The title “Three (or more) Ecologies” refers to Felix Guattari’s short text in which he lays out what can be described as an intersectional mode of thinking ecology, namely as an “ethico-political articulation … between the three ecological registers (the environment, social relations and human subjectivity)”. Taking “The Three Ecologies” as a starting point, the audio-visual research project I will develop at Buechsenhausen attempts to bring together two seemingly disparate locations on the globe – the Dakotas in the US and Rojava in Northern Syria – where women are actively struggling against the patriarchal and earth-devouring machines of militarized extractive capital, and powerfully articulating the urgent need to recognize a different register (or registers) of value to the one currently offered by capitalism.9

The Past is an Arrow into the Future seeks to connect weather and history, both in the regularity of their cyclical reoccurrence and their stochastic untimeliness. Envisioned as a multi-channel sound installation (with visual elements), this work could also be adapted for radio/podcast or live performances. Set in the middle of the interbellum period, from the onset of the Great Depression to the election of the National Socialist Party in Germany, it interweaves granular individual narratives from the lives of politicians, cultural figures, and everyday people of the time, interposed with descriptions of weather conditions/events of the period taken from meteorological records. The latter is employed as a device to not only move the narrative from one geographical locale to the next, but to allude to causality as a complex, far-reaching phenomenon, even in its most local manifestations.

The BÜCHS’N’RADIO-broadcast in Novemeber 2018 is dedicated to the presentations of Angela ANDERSON and Michael BAERS.



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Angela ANDERSON is an artist and filmmaker working at the intersection of philosophy, ecology, economics, migration, media, and feminist & queer theory. Central to her work is an awareness of the intimate connection between media production, memory and apprehension, and the potential of audio-visual media to open up new lines of flight. She holds a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Film and Media Studies from the New School (NYC) and is pursuing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Originally from the northwoods of Wisconsin, USA, she lives and works in Berlin. Since 2013 Anderson has been collaborating with Angela Melitopoulos on the audio-visual research projects Unearthing Disaster, The Refrain (2015) and Crossings (2017), which was shown at documenta 14. In 2016 she produced her short film The Sea Between You and Me (2016) for the show Voice Outside the Echo Chamber curated by Katayoun Arian at Framer Framed (Amsterdam). Other recent exhibitions include Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco – 2017), Holbaek Images (2016) and the Thessaloniki Biennale (2015). Anderson is also the exhibition designer for Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival and has worked with many other artists and filmmakers on the realization of performative, filmic, and installation projects.

Michael BAERS received his PhD from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 2014 from its dedicated artistic research department. He has exhibited his artistic work internationally in many prominent art institutions including the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt am Main, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and the Van Abbemuseum. Since 2010 his work has focused on the cultural outcomes of conflict irresolution in the Middle East and North Africa. Since 2013 he has conducted research on a unique photographic project that emerged from the war between the people of Western Sahara and Morocco, Necessità dei Volti. This has involved lateral research into media theory and visual studies, as well as the history of western North African. Previously Baers has researched cultural politics in Israel and Palestine, in 2014 publishing online with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt a lengthy graphic work about the 2011 Picasso in Palestine project, An Oral History of Picasso in Palestine. He has also published comics and texts on contemporary art and artistic research, cultural politics, and urbanism, contributing to a variety of publication projects and internationally recognized journals, such as A-Prior, the e-flux journal, and Vector – critical research in context.