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Translocal Projects

Feral Incursions
May 2018

A two-day intensive exploring the polyvalent theoretical and practical facets of the feral through art, politics and ecology.

This series of workshops led by artists, writers, political theorists and urban foragers investigates the feral as a transgressive force with the power to corrode and infract anthropocentric and patriarchal systems, as well as through the actual entanglements of ferality in the streams of artistic, political and ecological practice. Could ferality be a useful concept for theory and practice against species extinction? How can poetry provide a language to express this loss and imagine more-than-human futures? What is the place of the feral in the urban environment and how can it become a source of physical and spiritual nourishment? Could the excavation of a fragment of intertwined political and natural history trigger a critical stance towards the present? How can ferality be deployed to infiltrate and subvert economic networks? In what way could the concept of feral citizenship allow us to navigate the current political moment?

Reflexive Ecologies of Post-Internet ArtFebruary 2018

Perpetual connectivity and the incorporation of the internet into the habits of daily life, the intercession of social media in personal communications as well as in interactions with the natural world constitute critical elements of post-internet art practice. This seminar investigates the reflexivity of such approaches in relation to the environmental aspects of the underlying infrastructure, ecological footprint and conflicting materiality of online transactions. How does contemporary art impact a post-internet ecology that confronts the wastefulness of built-in obsolescence and challenges the transformation of the internet into a monetised space of surveillance and manipulation? What are the prospects for the emergence of post-human, entangled and non-dystopian relations between people, species and the natural world?

Experimental Reading Room @ ICA London
August 2017

The Experimental Reading Room is a three-day participatory seminar space, led by The Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art. As part of In formation's orientation towards the future and new forms of commonality, the series aims to create a space to interact, experiment, learn and dream towards ecological awareness in contemporary art and society.

Vegetal Mediations: Plant Agency in Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities
May 2017

Rather than mere passive bystanders to history, plants act as agents, mediating relations both among people and between people and their environments, knowledge, markets, and politics, as well as serving as go betweens in non-human spheres. This conference explores the response of artists, writers and theorists to manifestations of plant agency considered through vegetal non-cognitive thought and non-representational memory, plant ethics and rights, and the relationship of humans and plants in the Anthropocene.

Experimental Reading Room Budapest
Translocal seminar on the theme of Art and the Anthropocene organised in collaboration with arts universities and open to the public.

River School
A long-term project engaging with the Danube as a transforming natural environment through a series of workshops, expeditions, symposia and exhibitions

Translocal Symposia

Symposium on Art, Ecopower and the Liberation of Energy
3-4 October 2014
Artists, theorists and scientists consider the social and political implications of ecology on both a microsocial and planetary level at CEU Budapest.

Symposia on Sustainability and Contemporary Art
A series of symposia, workshops, exhibitions and artist projects contributing to the debate on fundamental issues around contemporary art, ecology, activism and environmental science.

SocialEast Forum on the Art and Visual Culture of Eastern Europe
A platform for innovative, transnational research on the art and visual culture of Eastern Europe.

Talks at Translocal

Anthropocene Response
Twice-yearly visiting lectures to consider changing paradigms of social, economic and cultural thought in the light of ecological crisis.

Paths Less Travelled
A series of presentations and discussions by visiting artists, theorists and curators.

Translocal Exhibitions

Walking without Footprints
11 December 2015 - 27 February 2016, Bratislava
Curators: Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovač / Elvis Krstulović), Oto Hudec, Michal Kindernay, Cecylia Malik and Davor Sanvincenti

Csaba Nemes: When Politics Enters Daily Life
16 October 2015 - 27 March 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (MOCAK)
Curated by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes

2 October - 15 November 2014
Exhibition within Curated_By_Vienna with Tibor Horváth, Oto Hudec, Renata Poljak and Davor Sanvincenti

Don't Try to Make it Logical!
Solo show at MMSU Rijeka surveying the critical art practice of Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes.

Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art
A group exhibition that investigates intricate questions around the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and its political dimensions.

Loophole to Happiness
Loopholes in the rules and rationale of the contemporary social and economic order discovered in unexpected places.

Revolution Trilogy
Resonances of the revolutions of 1956, 1968 and 1989 from east to west and north to south.

Unframed Landscapes

Explorations of our changing relationship with nature in contemporary art.




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