Winter School
Deep Sustainability
01.03.2021 — 05.03.2021


Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance and performance contexts. She has been devising queer-spirited choreographic works over the last sixteen years. Engaging with alternative forms of kinship, inside her process new constellations emerge as possibilities for reconfiguring a culture of togetherness that foster both familiar and unknown quantities. Often in collaboration with others, the works playfully compose with representation and its saturation, seeping into and embracing the phenomenology of mis-recognition and the absurd. Simone approaches the performance genre as a world building practice where she navigates the contradiction between the domination of desire alongside the agency of all elements.
In recent years the works ‘Biofiction’, ‘Uni*Form’ (co-authored with filmmaker Jorge León) and the collaborative project ‘Everything Fits In The Room’ with artist Jen Rosenblit, a commission from HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, have toured extensively. In 2018 these works could be seen in Venice Biennale Teatro for an invited artist focus. She is currently working on the performance ‘Remaining Strangers’ which concludes her research into conceptions of the stranger of which ‘Compass’ and ‘Maintaining Stranger’ are an integral part.

Emmanuel Ferrand is Maître de conférences at the Sorbonne University in Paris and Berlin. After completing a degree in engineering (1993) he was trained in mathematics (topology, geometry, dynamical systems). Over last 15 years, he has collaborated with a number of artists at the crossroads of arts and science, with a strong fondness for biology and DIY fermentology. He is a member of Ecopolien, an interdisciplinary research group in political ecology, and La Générale, an independent art space in Paris.

Gavin Mendel-Gleason is born in California and holds a PhD in computer science from Dublin City University. He is an expert in databases and structuring data and currently works as CTO of Data Chemist a specialist consultancy which transform the messy, inconsistent data sets of the real world into clean, structured and integrated data. Gavin is also politically active, serving as the Workers’ Party of Ireland representative in Dublin North West. He will discuss how data and politics coincide in our understanding of climate change.

Magdalena Gorska is assistant professor at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture Studies and at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), Utrecht University. Her research focuses on feminist politics of breathing and vulnerability. Her book ‘Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability’ develops a nonuniversalizing and politicized understanding of embodiment where human bodies are conceptualized as agential actors of intersectional politics. Her work offers intersectional and anthropo-situated while posthumanist discussions of human material agency and focuses on the quotidian bodily and affective practices of living as political matters. She is the founder of the Breathing Matters Netwerk.

Luiz Cesar Marques Filho studied Social Sciences from the State University of Campinas, FESPSP, received a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in Sociology of Art — Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Doctorate in History of Art — EHESS. He was the Chief Curator of the Museum of Art of São Paulo — MASP. Dr. Marques lectures on Environmental Collapse and Capitalism, and on the North South divide with regard to COP and other global climate accords.

Baruch Gottlieb is trained as a filmmaker at Concordia University Montreal, he has a doctorate in digital aesthetics from the University of Arts Berlin. From 2005-2008 he was professor of Media Art at Yonsei University Graduate School for Communication and Arts in Seoul, Korea. He is active member of the Telekommunisten, Arts & Economic Group and laboratoire de déberlinisation artist collectives. Author of ‘Gratitude for Technology’ (Atropos Press, 2009), ‘A Political Economy of the Smallest Things’ (Atropos Press, 2016), and Digital Materialism (Emerald Group Publishing, 2018) he currently lectures in philosophy of digital art at the University of Arts Berlin and in cybernetic aesthetics at the TU Cottbus.