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Creators facing the Climate Emergency: Ernesto Neto and Michael Marder — Vegetal Soul
The conversation between Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and Canadian philosopher Michael Marder will analyse the concepts of plant intelligence and vegetal soul, explore the temporality and connectivity of plants and envision the ontological and ethical stance arising therefrom.

Conversation in English co-moderated by Claudia Paetzold and Stefano Vendramin.

How can plant intelligence and the vegetal soul inform artistic practice?
And which ontological and ethical teachings can be derived from the temporality and connectivity of plants?

Michael Marder is a Canadian philosopher and research professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) in Spain. His writings span the fields of ecological theory, phenomenology, and political thought. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and monographs, including Senses of Upheaval (2021), Green Mass (2021) and Plant-Thinking (2013).

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s installations immerse the viewer in colours, fragrances and sounds, redefining the boundaries between the artwork and the audience and simultaneously serving as models for new social environments. Neto's work has been the subject of seminal museum exhibitions worldwide. He is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Galerie Max Hetzler, galería Elba Benitez, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel and Goodman Gallery.

Claudia Paetzold is a London and Paris based advisor and curator. She has provided consultancy services to a myriad of art organisations including Art Basel. Her curatorial practice focuses on evolutionary proposals integrating art, ancestral knowledge, applied sustainability and new technologies, culminating in new ways of creating and experiencing art.

Stefano Vendramin is coordinator of the Fondation Thalie programme “Creators facing climate emergency”, as well as an independent curator specialized in art that engages with the environment.

Sep 21, 2022 06:30 PM in Brussels

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