EARTHBOUND symposium 2021

EARTHBOUND 2021 – Weaving with the More-than-Human
When: the 15th – 17th of September 2021
Where: Aarhus and Mols, Denmark – In Real Life
What: Find the program here. 
How: Book to participate here.

With concern for the future of all species, EARTHBOUND is an invitation to investigate the state of planet Earth through the arts and sciences. EARTHBOUND symposium both explores and challenges known symposia formats, and aims to foster commitment, and inspire change.

We invite you on a three-day journey through science, art and interdisciplinary meetings conceived as one ongoing immersive experience. As hosts our background is in performing arts and we create atmospheres and spaces that facilitate genuine meetings.

What would happen if humans ceased seeing ourselves as the center of all life on this planet? We believe that it matters how we humans interact with and relate to other living beings and places. Now is the time for a large-scale paradigm shift – we propose to live in Multispecies realities where animals, plants, micro-organisms and landscapes have equal value as humans and Climate Justice is in place. The need for developing new notions and a new language will always be a non-linear process. It means accepting that we enter unknown territory. But we believe it makes all the difference if we do this together, while celebrating interdependencies, and meeting across disciplines and old boundaries.

With EARTHBOUND we seek to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogues and investigate what the climate emergency does to the worldviews and actions of human beings, within the arts, scientific research and other societal areas. We invite artists and researchers to meet and share their views and voices. EARTHBOUND explores the interdependencies between humans and all the other species with whom we share the natural environment of planet Earth and host within our own bodies. The symposium dives into the richness of interdisciplinary approaches and the companionships between beings.

We believe that learning, change and exchange is possible. Art, science, activism and other forms of conscious activity use different methodologies. When they meet with curiosity, creativity and rigour consciousness can grow and cross-fertilisations can happen. We believe we are witnessing a paradigm shift: People are taking action and are finding new ways to secure the livelihood of all living creatures and are embracing the fact that space is something which is shared. With ‘weaving with the More-than-Human’ we gesture towards the interconnectedness of all beings.

EARTHBOUND symposium is based on the core values and holistic principles of the performance theatre Secret Hotel and our sister organisation Earthwise Residency: Care, consideration, respect, sustainability, and exchange of both knowledge and the virtues of pursuing a hunch. Also central to us is living with and learning from domestic and wild animals and plants.
We aim for these principles to permeate every aspect of the symposium; from the invited artists and speakers to the way we structure the event, choice of locations, to the food we serve.

In 2018 EARTHBOUND – The Multispecies Paradigm Shift took place in both Aarhus town and rural Mols. It took its participants on a three-day journey through science, art, interdisciplinary meetings, and changing localities. Our interdisciplinary approach invited artists, researchers, citizens and animals to meet.

EARTHBOUND 2021 offers talks & debates, 6h of workshops running during the three days, performance excerpts, lectures on busses and sharing sessions all delightfully interrupted by vegetarian/vegan meals. The Symposium is created as one durational or staged event structured around stimulating both intellect and senses.

The concept of EARTHBOUND is that everyone participates in all three days of the symposium (taking place in Aarhus and rural Mols), so we encourage participants to arrive the day before September 15th.

You will be in the company of: Natasha Myers, Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir, Andreas Roepstorff, Tuomas Ruonakari, Sissel M. Bergh, Julia Adzuki, Parnuna Egede, Zeenath Hasan, Thomas Rosendal Nielsen, Esben Bjerggaard Nielsen, Jes Lyning Harfeld, Karine Bonneval, Kuai Shen, Lily Hunter, Rebekah Cupitt and others to be announced. Workshops by Katrine Faber, Lucy Powell and Fröydi Lazslo, and performance excerts by Tora Balslev/Daily Fiction, and Christine Fentz/Secret Hotel.
We gather performing artists, visual artists, musicians, anthropologists, philosophers, researchers of various backgrounds and other people with a holistic approach to or interest in this broad yet essential topic.

EARTHBOUND offers a fourth bonus day on September the 18th. This is a limited offer available only to the first 20 persons who have chosen this option when booking their symposium ticket.
On this day we gather at Earthwise Residency in the middle of Mols Bjerge National Park. The day unfolds organically with a program of eating the best left-overs, walks, sauna or bathing in the ocean, morning dancing and time set aside for conversations.

Using the experiences we gained at Earthbound 2018 we invite you now in 2021, and look forward to meetings In Real Life.
We wish to share practices and facilitate knowledge about holistic understandings of the state of the Globe. This is more important than ever today. Three years have passed since the first EARTHBOUND symposium and the urgency of a game changing paradigm shift becomes still more evident!

EARTHBOUND is organized by the performance theatre Secret Hotel in collaboration with Interacting Minds Center – Aarhus University, Applied Philosophy – Aalborg University, Aarhus Performing Arts Platform, Earthwise Residency and others.

Docuvideo from 2018 here

Read about EARTHBOUND 2018