Interspecies Dialogue

Interspecies Dialogue (2015)

This course approaches questions around interspecies dialogue through artistic research and experimentation. It begins by exploring a variety of experiential, embodied and relational practices that can help us connect and dialogue with other life forms, ranging from individual plants and animals to larger wholes. Together, we observe their ways of being and learn to relate to, coexist and exchange knowledge with them in various ways. Each student has a chance to develop their own way of dialoguing with other life forms, and to contextualize these experiments within their own artistic practice.

The practical experimentation is supported through the reading and discussion of theoretical texts concerning the aesthetics, ethics and politics of interspecies relations and the nonhuman. At the end of the course, each student is asked to write a short research essay to reflect on the relation between their own artistic practice and the artistic and theoretical perspectives introduced during the course.

The key texts include What Animals Teach Us about Politics by Brian Massumi and When Species Meet by Donna Haraway.

Context: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Visual Culture and Contemporary Art