Symposium curated by Judit Angel and Lýdia Pribišová / Organized by tranzit.sk and Kunsthalle Bratislava
12 – 14.10.2023 / Bratislava
Symposium curated by Judit Angel and Lýdia Pribišová
Organized by tranzit.sk and Kunsthalle Bratislava, within the framework of A Plant programme
Activities of the symposium will be held in English and Slovak/Czech
The symposium responds to recent developments in social sciences, humanities, and contemporary art which have questioned our long-established understanding of plants. While ancient, indigenous cultures respected plants as lively, autonomous, active beings, modernity and colonialism have reduced them to mere servants of humanity’s interests. A different, liberating and collaborative vision of plants has lately emerged within the current „vegetal turn” which seeks to rehabilitate plants by drawing attention to their complex meanings outside the utilitarian / instrumental realm, and calls for a new ethics of human – plant relationships and the recognition of our dependence on plants in our ecological survival.
Alongside feminist, queer and decolonial scholarship, contemporary art and visual culture have played an important role in re-envisioning our relationship to the vegetal world, the land, and ecosystems. In particular, contemporary artists have contributed to shaping new conceptions of plants by employing de-objectifying aesthetic strategies, resorting to situated intersectional approaches, and concentrating on human – non-human connections defining life on the planet. The artists participating in the symposium highlight the agency of symbiotic human – plant bodies and the role of indigenous knowledge and ancient rituals in caring about ecosystems; address medicinal plants and their entanglements with history and politics; strive to undermine stereotypes connected with the rootedness / mobility of plants; and analyze cultural and political projections on ornamental flowers and their role in urban gardening. Through the lecture, workshop, screening, botanical walk, and performances, the goal of the symposium is to to reconsider plants and their activity at a time when devising new modes of co-existence have become crucial for the environment.
17:00 Daisies (Becoming a garden/ a plant/ a transplant) /SK/, performance by Jana Zatvarnická and Zuzana Žabková performance, park of Faculty of Pharmacy, entrance from Kalinčiakova Street
16:30 Rooting Studies # 1 /ENG/, workshop with Daniela Brasil, tranzit sk
18:45 Cultural and Political Projections on Ornamental Flowers /CZ/, lecture by Barbora Lungová, tranzit sk
20:00 Screening of films /ENG/ by Uriel Orlow, tranzit sk
10:00 - 12: 30 Rooting Studies # 2 /ENG/, walk with Daniela Brasil at the Botanical Garden
14:00 – 16:30 River Ceremony /CZ/, performance by Lucie Králíková, Karloveská zátoka, meeting point: Mark Twain bar
Registration for the River Ceremony: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Graphic design: Lukáš Kollár
ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.
Supported using public funding by the Slovak Arts Council.
Project has been kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Bratislava, Brazilian Embassy in Bratislava, Faculty of Pharmacy UK, IGR Bratislava, Slovak Pharmaceutical Students' Association.
Media partners: Artalk.sk, Flash Art CZ & SK, Kapitál, GoOut.net
Design: Lukáš Kollár
Cultural and Political Projections on Ornamental Flowers / Listening to the Plants Symposium
Daisies (Becoming a garden/ a plant/ a transplant) / Listening to the Plants Symposium
River Ceremony / Listening to the Plants Symposium
Rooting Studies / Listening to the Plants Symposium
Screening of films by Uriel Orlow / Listening to the Plants Symposium