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Flock Frequency Colony: Sonospheric Communards and Points of Listening
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (The Posthumanities Hub)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3405-0335
2019 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
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Description [en]

20-minute artistic intervention/reading during the Interplanetary Species Society Assembly, by Jonas Staal, 24 August, 2019, 10:00-17:00, in R1 Reaktorhallen, KTH, Sweden, in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden, curator Edi Muka, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

The intervention was part of the panel "LANGUAGE: Dialoguing with the More-Than-Human" moderated by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei and with contributions by Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, radioartist, vocalist and composer, James Bridle, artist and writer, and Janna Holmstedt, artist and researcher.

About the Interplanetary Species Society Assembly

With organizations such as Space X pushing to colonize Mars in the next decade, corporations planning to terraform planets as a back-up for the billionaire class to flee from planetary climate catastrophe, and the Trump administration announcing to export nationalism to space through its “Space Army,” we are witnessing the emergence of an authoritarian and corporatist intergalactic order.

Interplanetary Species Society instead demands a sustainable earth, before any interplanetary engagements can take place. The equality of planetary life must be the foundation for the future of interplanetary life, and new extraplanetary perspectives must go hand in hand with the deepening of intra-planetary understanding. ISS further rejects terms such as “space colonization” and calls for interplanetary cooperation instead, in which humans learn to understand themselves not as “pioneers” but as guests.

During the founding assembly of the ISS, various speakers from the field of art, architecture, design, theory and science, will gather to discuss and propose alternative conditions for our becoming interplanetary species, from interplanetary infrastructures to our linguistic engagements with non-human subjectivities and visions of emancipatory cosmic governance.

The assembly will take place in an installation developed by artist Jonas Staal that proposes an alternative politicized biosphere in which humans, ammonites, proletarian plantae and meteorites gather, as an imaginative infrastructure for our becoming interplanetary species. Situated twenty-five meters underground in Reaktorhallen in Stockholm, which used to house the first nuclear research facility of Sweden, the congress literally turns into our planet to reflect on what our future as an interplanetary species could and should be.

With contributions by: James Bridle, Kristine Dannenberg, iLiana Fokianaki, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Janna Holmstedt, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Charl Landvreugd, Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, Sven Lütticken, Felicity Scott och Anton Vidokle.

Abstract [en]

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This talk is about shutting up, about touching the matter of language, and animals that come together through listening.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Public Art Agency Sweden (Statens Konstråd) , 2019. , p. 8
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R1 Reaktorhallen, KTH
Keywords [en]
interspecies communication, extraterrestrial communication, language, sound technology, womb music, m/others, deep listening, voice, sonospheric communards, plant intelligence
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Visual Arts Design Architecture
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Art, Technology and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-260302DiVA, id: diva2:1355121
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Interplanetary Species Society Assembly, by Jonas StaalChoreographies of the Social, curated by Edi Muka, Public Art Agency Sweden (Statens Konstråd)Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved

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