Interdisciplinary brainstorm exploring possible research questions on algae with artist Filip Van Dingenen and VUB-researchers.
The Crosstalks Ateliers are small-scale, interdisciplinary brainstorms, focusing on an open and constructive dialogue between artists and scientists. The Ateliers are informal networking events that, over time, can focus on more specific interdisciplinary research questions. This first Crosstalks Atelier results from the Series of More-than-Human Encounters on Radical Botany, which took place on October 19, 2021 at Kaaitheater.
Algae are the fastest growing food product in the world. They are used in cosmetics and in food, and increasingly in animal feed. They are also the basis for innovative research, ranging from natural fertilizers to biological detergents or raw materials for biological materials, such as bioplastics and building materials. Algae are a billion-dollar business which also raises many ecological, legal and economic questions: How to grow algae on a large scale and what are the effects on the ecosystem? Who can harvest algae, and who cannot? How can these voiceless actors be represented? Etc.
13:30 – Welcome and introduction + Tour de Table
14:00 – Presentation by Filip Van Dingenen: Platform for Algae Diplomacy
14:30 – Q&A + first reactions
15:00 – Short break
15:10 – Brainstorm on possible research questions
16:00 - 16:30 – How to continue?
Participation by invitation only.
The Platform for Algae Diplomacy (Filip Van Dingenen & Hélène Meyer) is an open initiative created by a variety of sea plants together with artists, activists and critters. The Platform organizes lectures, performances, seaweed cuttings and ceremonial tastings. Inspired and choreographed by the tidal movements and migration patterns, and guided by the moon phases and its constellation, it pursues an interrelated linguistic embodiment of seaweed rights & seaweed spirits. Through a playful approach the Platform for Algae Diplomacy encourages an openness and ongoing curiosity for learnings and guidance by plants and other-than-human entities. The Platform on Algae Diplomacy acts as a model to identify and promote the needs and urgencies of critical resistance, to expand narratives and support the inclusion & equality of multiple voices. The Platform has realized workshops and exhibitions in a.o. Ireland, Norway, Belgium, France, Morocco and Turkey.
Mihnea Tanasescu is a political ecologist working in the Political Science Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has worked on the political and legal representation of natural entities, the politics of environmental catastrophe, as well as nature conservation, restoration, and rewilding in Europe. His forthcoming books are Understanding the Rights of Nature: A Critical Introduction, and Ecocene Politics.
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