EARTHBOUND symposium

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26-29 September 2018, Aarhus & Mols, Denmark.

EARTHBOUND is an international, interdisciplinary and interspecies symposium where we will gather around the urgent and universal topic: the state of the planet. With three main characters – animals, microorganisms and landscapes – we explore what it means to be earthbound: to live on the planet and of the land.

With EARTHBOUND we create interdisciplinary meetings which investigate what the changing climate and the so- called Anthropocene do to the worldviews and actions of human beings, in the arts spheres, in research and in other societal areas.
The Anthropocene is the proposed label of the present geological epoch, where the activities of mankind have become a climate factor with massive impact on the eco systems of the planet and its future geology. The paradigm shift in the title is about how we in the Western world gradually seem to acknowledge that humans indeed are deeply entangled with all other entities. This requires developing ways of living consciously with all creatures, sharing the same right to live. The changes of mindset are already seen within both research/science and the arts, in the growing awareness of the necessity of decolonizing, and in the acknowledgment of indigenous knowledge, as well as in various quotidian thoughts and actions. With this paradigm shift we can perhaps move into the future with both new and ancient know- ledge.

EARTHBOUND will unfold in both Aarhus town and in rural Mols. It takes its participants on a three day journey through science, art, interdisciplinary meetings, and changing localities. Our interdisciplinary approach invites artists, researchers and other citizens to meet. EARTHBOUND offers various performances and work-in-progress, talks & de- bates, video, sound art, a live concert, morning yoga, two horses, lectures on busses, workshops and locally produced vegetarian/vegan food three times a day. Furthermore we offer a fourth Bonus Day for free for those 20 signing up for it first.

Confirmed contributors are: Anna Tsing, Adam Bencard, Bo Fritzbøger, Tuija Kokkonen, Anette Vandsø, Lilibeth Cuenca, Elle Márja Eira, Thomas Rosendal, Jessie Kleemann, Angela Rawlings, Birgit Løkke, Lourdes Orozco, Kat Joyce, Ruairì Donovan, Fröydi Laszlo, Esben Bjerggaard and Inger Kærgaard.

Our contributors have their backgrounds within anthropology, performing arts, dance, artistic research, rethorics, visual art and art history, reindeer heerding, poetry, biology, forestry research, music and film.

We invite performing artists, visual artists, biologists, anthropologists, landscape historians, human geographers, philosophers, researchers of science & technology and all other citizens with an interest in this broad, but essential topic.

EARTHBOUND is organized by Secret Hotel in collaboration with School of Communication & Culture – Aarhus Unversity, Aarhus Performing Arts Platform, Institute of Meals Ebeltoft, and AURA – Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene.
Mediapartners are Stone Solid Press and Swann Pro Motion.

READ MORE: www.secrethotel.dk or register here via Aarhus University.