International Online Symposium for Artistic Research in Film and Philosophy

the Posthuman, Fabulation and Matter

14 – 18 September 2021

The symposium was the reflective launch of Fabulation for Future. Its aim was to offer the conceptual tools for a “critical aesthetic turn” to develop new ways of thinking, narrating, fabulating, speculating, knowing and subject-forming, and to exploit this change of perspective in aesthetic practice. How can we address current ethical and environmental challenges through artistic, filmic and philosophical means, including emerging audiovisual platforms?

During the symposium, more than 30 international masterclass participants at master-, PhD- and post-doc-level were invited to come together and form a fictive International Committee to Save the Earth through Speculative Fabulation. These deputies reported on the state of the Anthropocene, sketched a speculative future in their respective fields or presented philosophical and/or artistic and filmic approaches that addressed the entanglement of the biosphere, ecosphere and technosphere, and between climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. Through their philosophical and/or artistic presentations, they reflected on the role of speculation, figuration and fabulation in film, literature and philosophy in shaping social and political processes.

Timetable CET

This is a preliminary timetable and may still be subject to change.

Day 1 – 14 September

11.45am – 12pm Opening SessionWelcoming by Christine Reeh-Peters and Fee Altmann
12 – 1pmTipping the fictive point.Keynote by Prudence Gibson
1 – 2pmPolis, Politics, PoliceKeynote by Gustáv Hámos/ Katja Pratschke
3 – 5pmThe Critical PosthumanitiesKeynote by Rosi Braidotti
5.30 – 6.30pmNaked FutureKeynote by Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Day 3 – 16 September

12 – 1pmPrivileging Aboriginal Methodologies in Artistic ResearchKeynote by Fabri Blacklock
1 – 2pmHow will we live together? Artistic Research in the Design of City SpacesKeynote by Stefan Winter
2.30 – 3.30pmThe World’s Continual Breathing Is What We Hear and Call Silence or FEELING WITH THE OTHERKeynote by Kika Nicolela
4 – 7.30pmInternational Committee to Save the Earth through Speculative FabulationReports by Kausik Ghosh, Kristin Johnsen, Florian Goeschke, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Alisi Telengut and Dovilė Aleksaitė
(inkl. 2×15 min. break)

Day 5 – 18 September

10.30am – 1.30pmInternational Committee to Save the Earth through Speculative FabulationReports by Bela Usabaev, Raquel Felgueiras, Bianca Baldi, Sanja Anđelković, Dani Landau and Dalia Al Kury
(inkl. 2×15 min. break)
3 – 5.15pmInternational Committee to Save the Earth through Speculative FabulationReports by Andrea Liu, Anouk Hoogendoorn, Joshua Wagner, and Lisa Walder
(inkl. 2x 15 min. break)
5.30 – 6.30pmCinema Reinventé› Work in Progress
and Closing Session
A Spherical Video Draft by Frank Gessner
Closing moderated by Christine Reeh-Peters and Fee Altmann