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Workshop: ‘Almost Nonhuman’ by Interspecifics at Art Laboratory Berlin

Text by CLOT Magazine

Interspecifics present a gathering for the collective creation of speculative post-humanist scenarios and build stories together that may assist our transition from the Anthropocene to the transversal inclusivity of the Symbiocene.

Interspecifics are a nomadic and independent research collective founded in Mexico City in 2013,  experimenting with the intersection between art and science. Deeply intertwined and determined by their Latin American context, they take on precarity as a challenge, which sparks creative action and thinking. Wrote Laura Cabiscol in 2021 during an interview for CLOT Magazine

For this workshop, Interspecifics have designed a hybrid design thinking strategy via a collection of narrative techniques, drawing from more-than-human theories, Speculative Fabulation, and Cyberpunk to help us reframe human-nature relationships through a non-anthropocentric envisioning of better futures. To see beyond human rationality, dissolve binary or oppositional categories that elevate ‘people’ above ‘nature’ and recognize the agencies and dependencies of a range of living and non-living, non-human actors (Maller 2019).

Interspecifics and Art Laboratory Berlin invite you to participate in this two-day workshop on May 7 and 8, 2022. The workshop will combine bio-sampling, microscopic photography, storytelling, and generative image programming led by artist and researcher Maro Pebo. Leslie Garcia & Paloma Lopez will join virtually. 

The workshop Almost Non-Human is the first event of the Hackers, Makers, Thinkers: Collective Experiments in Social Fermenting project, which proposes that Doing it With Others (DIWO) can rebuild and re-energise damaged social relations. Other workshops are Constanza Piña Pardo’s Khipu Dialogs on May 25, Irene Agrivina’s Soya C(o)u(l)ture/ Ecoprints on BioLeather on May 28 and Rice Brewing Sisters Club’s Terrestrial-Celestial on June 4. 

(Image courtesy of ALB)
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