Mediating
the Ecological
Imperative

SNSF Sinergia 2021 – 2024
© Peter Krieger, *Bilderfahrzeug,* Mexiko-Stadt, 2018.
© Peter Krieger, *Footprints,* Mexiko-Stadt, 2020.
© Peter Krieger, *Ästhetik der Luftverschmutzung,* Mexiko-Stadt 2016.
Mixteca Alta Geopark, Oaxaca, Mexico, View from Yucu ñuun lookout, Photo by visual journalist Alex McDougall, 2021 © Alex McDougall (photo), Courtesy of the artist.
Zapatista women at the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women who Struggle in the Zapatista Caracol of the Tzotz Choj Zone. Photo by Mexican photo-documentalist Regina López, 2018. © Regina López (photo). Courtesy of the artist.
Will Wilson, *AIR (Auto-Immune Response),* <br />© Will Wilson
Will Wilson, *AIR (Auto-Immune Response),* <br />© Will Wilson
Sky Hopinka, *Jáaji Approx.,* 07:39, HD video, stereo, color, 2015.
Sky Hopinka, *Fainting Spells,* 10:45, HD video, stereo, color, 2018.
*Sun & Sea (Marina),* Opera-Performance von Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte an der Biennale Venedig 2019. <br />© Andrej Vasilenko (Foto), Courtesy of the Artists.
Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, *The Sense of Smell (The Five Senses series),* 1617-1618, Oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Gayil Nalls, *World Sensorium,* 1999-2000, World Aromatic Phytogenic Material (100ml at 25 in Amber Borosilicate Bottle), Photo by Bert Brouwenstijn (Displayed in the exhibition *Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed: In Search of Lost Scents* at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2017).
Peter de Cupere, *The Smell of a Stranger,* Exhibited in the 12th Biennial of Havana in 2015, Photo by Frederik Buyckx.
Precious Okoyomon, *Open circle Lived Relation* (Detail), Resistance is an atmosperic condition, 2020, Foto: Diana Pfammater.
Asad Raza, Absorption. *Down to Earth,* 2020 © Berliner Festspiele/Eike Walkenhorst.
Regina José Galindo, Still from *Tierra*, 2013. Video (HD, one-channel, 16:9, color, sound), 34 min, Courtesy the artist and Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani Milan- Lucca.
George Steinmann, *The World and the Mind* (1988-2016) © George Steinmann.

© Peter Krieger, Bilderfahrzeug, Mexiko-Stadt, 2018.

© Peter Krieger, Footprints, Mexiko-Stadt, 2020.

© Peter Krieger, Ästhetik der Luftverschmutzung, Mexiko-Stadt 2016.

Mixteca Alta Geopark, Oaxaca, Mexico, View from Yucu ñuun lookout, Photo by visual journalist Alex McDougall, 2021 © Alex McDougall (photo), Courtesy of the artist.

Zapatista women at the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women who Struggle in the Zapatista Caracol of the Tzotz Choj Zone. Photo by Mexican photo-documentalist Regina López, 2018. © Regina López (photo). Courtesy of the artist.

Will Wilson, AIR (Auto-Immune Response),
© Will Wilson

Will Wilson, AIR (Auto-Immune Response),
© Will Wilson

Sky Hopinka, Jáaji Approx., 07:39, HD video, stereo, color, 2015.

Sky Hopinka, Fainting Spells, 10:45, HD video, stereo, color, 2018.

Sun & Sea (Marina), Opera-Performance von Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte an der Biennale Venedig 2019.
© Andrej Vasilenko (Foto), Courtesy of the Artists.

Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sense of Smell (The Five Senses series), 1617-1618, Oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Gayil Nalls, World Sensorium, 1999-2000, World Aromatic Phytogenic Material (100ml at 25 in Amber Borosilicate Bottle), Photo by Bert Brouwenstijn (Displayed in the exhibition Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed: In Search of Lost Scents at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2017).

Peter de Cupere, The Smell of a Stranger, Exhibited in the 12th Biennial of Havana in 2015, Photo by Frederik Buyckx.

Precious Okoyomon, Open circle Lived Relation (Detail), Resistance is an atmosperic condition, 2020, Foto: Diana Pfammater.

Asad Raza, Absorption. Down to Earth, 2020 © Berliner Festspiele/Eike Walkenhorst.

Regina José Galindo, Still from Tierra, 2013. Video (HD, one-channel, 16:9, color, sound), 34 min, Courtesy the artist and Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani Milan- Lucca.

George Steinmann, The World and the Mind (1988-2016) © George Steinmann.

The SNF project “Mediating the Ecological Imperative: Formats and Modes of Engagement” is a joint research project of the Institutes of Art History, American Studies and Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. In addition, a collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is being realized. Research focuses on the visual politics of climate change, the role of ecological issues in art and literature, and social engagement with the environment in indigenous cultures. The philosopher Hans Jonas coined the term “ecological imperative” in his book Das Prinzip Verantwortung (The Principle of Responsibility, 1979), in which he formulated an ecological maxim for action based on Immanuel Kant’s “Categorical Imperative”: “Act in such a way that the effects of your actions are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life on earth”. → Read more about the project

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2024, April 17
Lecture Series at the Research Group «Aesthetics & Critique», University of Fribourg

Toni Hildebrandt will give a lecture Allegories of Iconicity: Pasolini and Warhol's Marylin under Mushroom Clouds at the Research Group «Aesthetics & Critique» at University of Fribourg, organized by the department of aesthetics and philosophy of art, Emmanuel Alloa and Lillian Kroth. The lecture takes place at Miséricorde 04, Avenue de l'Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg, MIS04 – Room 4120, 10-12 a.m.

2024, March 5
Vermittlung heute. Museumsvermittlung zwischen Inklusion, Partizipation und Teilhabe

Peter J. Schneemann will give the introductory lecture at the conference Vermittlung heute. Museumsvermittlung zwischen Inklusion, Partizipation und Teilhabe [all lectures in German], organized by Deutsche Kongress at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt am Main. Lectures by Annabelle Hornung (Museum für Kommunikation Nürnberg), Eda Göknar (İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), Mona Jas (Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee), Anja Zenner (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Barbara Welzel (University Dortmund), Wencke Maderbacher (Moesgaard Museum), and Stephanie Sonntag (Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud).

2024, February 16
Workshop "Divine Agency" at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome

The workshop Divine Agency brings debates about more-than-human agency in anthropology and beyond into conversation with reflections in the anthropology of religion about the ethico-onto-epistemology of the divine. The workshop brings international renowned anthropologists of religion together to reflect upon questions such as: How do people in different fields of study conceptualize transcendent influence on (more-than) human co-habitation? How does an acting divinity “become real” for people? How can emic conceptualizations of divine agency be studied ethnographically? Which conclusions can be drawn for the conceptualization of agency and the divine through exploring the compound word of divine agency? In how far is divine agency comparable to human agency or the agency of things? What are political and ethical underpinnings of divine agencies? By pondering about these and related questions, new directions in conceptualizing divine agency are anticipated. With lectures by Michaela Schäuble, Valentina Napolitano, Agnieszka Halemba, Anna-Lena Wolf, and Maya Mayblin.

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Drought
Climate change
Carbon Footprint
Digitalization
Art History
Responsability
Anthropocene
Human
Supererogation
Duty
Sustainability
Textile
Art
Repair
Second Hand
Commodity
Capitalocene
Extinction
Climate Change
Sculpture
Animal
Peru
Nature
Venezuala
Flora and Fauna
Community
Indigenous
Nahua
El Salvador
Anthropology
Object
Mexico
Empathy
Wáxarika
cacao
cooperation
cooperative strategies
water defense;
Metlapanapa River
socio-environmental activism
potentiality
transgender
body
Guatemala
Territory

Voices is our public outreach format. In collecting short statements and responses from all society, we want to include otherwise unheard voices and foster a broader dialogue on the ecological imperative. We also want to relate our own conception to perspectives from outside academia. The format of Voices relies on Hito Steyerl's concept the poor image, which emphasizes the potential of easily accessible, low resolution footage brought to common use.

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