Dr. Isabella Pinto is Lerici Foundation Fellow and Guest Researcher at The Posthumanities Hub and Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden, from September 2022 to November 2022. During this time, she will develop a research on the literary works of Elena Ferrante and the toxic landscapes of Naples (Italy), through the lens of the environmental humanities.
She is independent researcher and activist based in Italy, between Rome and Naples. She works as Adjunct Professor of Writing and Communication Lab (Roma Tre University), Scientific and Didactic Coordinator of Narrazioni Summer School, within Gender Studies and Politics Master’s Program (Roma Tre University). Her research interest areas include comparative literature, gender/feminist/queer studies, and environmental humanities.
In 2019, she holds a European Label PhD on Comparative Studies and Literary Theory (Roma Tor Vergata University). In 2020, her revisiting PhD thesis, Elena Ferrante. Poetiche e politichedella soggettività, was published by Mimesis PH. In 2021, Raccontare un virus selvaggio. Covid-19, New Wild e Realismo Multispecie, and Storytelling multispecie. Una pratica ecopolitica per la giustizia ambientale multispecie, were published by «B@bel – Rivista online di Filosofia» and «Etnografie del contemporaneo». From two different angles, both these scientific articles focus on the topic of the storytelling power understood as naturcultural and ecopolitical practice for multispecies justice.
Since 2020, she has created several diffractive reading & writing workshops (online and face-to-face) on the thought of Donna Haraway, Anna L. Tsing, and about the practices of Trans/Feminist Speculative Fabulation, in collaborations with various Italian artists, independent associations, and institutions – among which the MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts
We are reaching out to you as an artist who creates inspiring work involving AI, and would like to invite you to participate in an interview study. It would mean the world to us in this WASP-HS research project AI and the Artistic Imaginary!
Our research team at KTH (and LiU) is working on a project that investigates sustainability and ethics of Creative-AI. Our goal is to understand how creative practitioners are using AI technologies in their work processes, and to reflect on this from sustainability and ethics perspectives. Our interviews are expected to inform Creative-AI practitioners (artists as well as engineers) working in the field.
In the future, we plan to expand this to other forms of collaborations (workshops, design and development of Creative-AI systems, etc.) with interested artists.
Some basic information about the interviews:
Interview takes approximately 1 hour and will be conducted at an agreed-upon time (flexible) on Zoom.
Research is anonymized/pseudonymized and your data will be treated according to GDPR guidelines
The interview will be recorded (audio, video) for internal analysis purposes
Transcriptions and other anonymized material will be shared for non-commercial purposes only
We can provide a voucher as a gesture of gratitude for your time and effort.
Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in our study, and do not hesitate to ask for further information. Don’t be shy – email us, Petra and Anna-Kaisa!
Online Lecture series: Sculpture on a Burning Planet Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki
Our planet is literally burning, and our present-day Neros are certainly fiddling. Distracted by war and egotistical power struggles, our leaders do nothing to effectively slow climate change. Energy shortages caused by the war in Ukraine lead to renewed exploitation of fossil fuel reserves. Weather systems have become more extreme and destructive – and not just in the usual “hurricane belt” – Europe, China, and Northern America have all seen extreme drought and flooding again this last year. These “once in a hundred years” phenomena are now the new normal. Exploration and mining for rare-earth elements for so-called “clean energy” puts increasing pressure on pristine wilderness and indigenous people’s lands. How do artists and the art world react to these developments? The international art world itself is driven by carbon-hungry practices, in the production, presentation, and marketing of artists and artworks. In this lecture series, four renowned experts (philosophers, artists, and researchers) present hopeful possibilities for future artistic practise in this age of environmental crisis.
Wednesday 21 September Elisa Aaltola: Philosophy of Love and the Nonhuman World Wednesday 5 October Pia Lindman: Chill Survive Network Wednesday 26 October mirko nikolić: After Extractivism in the Semi-periphery Wednesday 16 November Maarit Mäkelä: Working with Soil
The series is presented by Professor Andy Best, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki All lectures start at 17.00 (GMT +2) and are held online using the Zoom platform. They are free and open to all. The language of presentation is English. Please remember to use the passcode to access the meeting, and keep your mic muted unless asking a question. Wednesday 21 September 2022, 17.00 – 19.00 (GMT +2, Helsinki) https://uniarts.zoom.us/j/65689597891 Passcode: 422930
Elisa Aaltola: Philosophy of Love and the Nonhuman World Discussions concerning the climate crisis often ignore nonhuman viewpoints. Yet, it is predominantly nonhuman animals, who suffer most from a warming climate, whether by undergoing agonizing deaths in forest fires, struggling due to loss of habitat or by facing species extinction. The lecture focuses on how moral love holds the potential of reminding us of other-than-human perpectives. Two philosophical definitions of love (by Plato and Iris Murdoch) will be introduced, and the role of art in evoking love toward animals will be mapped out. Can art make us fall in love with the nonhuman world? Elisa Aaltola, PhD, works as a senior researcher and adjunct professor in philosophy at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research has focused on animal philosophy and normative moral psychology. Aaltola has published 12 books on these topics, including Esseitä eläimistä (Into 2022), Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) and Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan 2012). In 2021 she was awarded the Pro Animalia Prize for her life’s work for animals, and in 2022 she was awarded the Reformer of the Year Prize by Maailman Kuvalehti. https://www.utu.fi/en/people/elisa-aaltola https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisa_Aaltola Wednesday 5 October 2022, 17.00 – 19.00 (GMT +2, Helsinki)
Pia Lindman: Chill Survive Network https://uniarts.zoom.us/j/65300671383 Passcode: 024187 Chill Survive Network is a platform for mutual exchange and collaboration between researchers, curators, artists, and institutions in the North-beyond-the-global-North. We engage in human and nonhuman entanglements and the development of new strategies, tactics, methodology and language that speak to our present ecological crisis. The objective is to explore, learn, mediate, cope with the future transformations in the Arctic. The network consists of several physical and online meetings including seminars and workshops. Pia Lindman as artist and researcher works with performance art, healing-as-art, installation, microbes, architecture, painting, and sculpture. In “Nose, Ears, Eyes“ (Sao Paulo Biennale, 2016) Lindman gave treatments to members of the audience and made paintings based on the visions she saw during these treatments. As Professor of Environmental Art at Aalto University from 2013 to 2018, Lindman initiated the art/science network Chill Survive focusing on the Arctic and organised the first global Radical Relevances Conference (2018). Since 2017, Lindman is doctoral candidate at the program of Nordic Cultures and Environmental Politics at Lapland University researching her concept of the subsensorial. A result of many years of investigation into the body and its place within the cultural space, Lindman’s work now moves beyond the human body proper to multiple realms of organic and inorganic life. http://pialindman.com/ https://chillsurvive.org/ Wednesday 26 October 2022, 17.00 – 19.00 (GMT +2, Helsinki) https://uniarts.zoom.us/j/62121956520 Passcode: 813978
mirko nikolić: After Extractivism in the Semi-periphery As the climate and ecological crises escalate, the metal mining sector is attempting to position itself as a fundamental provider of materials for the “energy transition.” Never before seen quantities of minerals are projected to substitute fossil fuels in the quest for lower-carbon and cleaner energy, transport and infrastructure technologies. While possibly reducing the carbon footprint of material use, the effects of mining on water, air, human and more-than-human communities are less visible in the technocratic discourses and calculations. Well documented are mining industry’s deep relations with colonialism, imperialism and related social engineering techniques of militarisation, policing, racism and sexism. Mining as part of a larger set of strategies of large- and long-term use of “natural resources” coagulates in the logics of extractivism. The concept and discussion was born in Latin America, but has since travelled across fields and geographies to tell many histories and illuminate a multitude of alternative world-making projects. In the discussion we will explore how the evolving notions of extractivism and alternatives relate to our life, work and being. mirko nikolić (Institute for Culture & Society, Linköping University) works through text, place-based performance and organising, often in different collaborative constellations and collectives, in solidarity with climate and environmental justice efforts. Since 2015, the principal focus of activity has been tracing the impacts of “mining booms” in North and South-East Europe, and non-extractivist alternatives from below. https://minoritarianecologi.es/ https://www.hiap.fi/resident/mirko-nikolic/ https://liu.se/en/employee/mirni99 Wednesday 16 November 2022, 17.00 – 19.00 (GMT +2, Helsinki) https://uniarts.zoom.us/j/62423118318 Passcode: 576714
Maarit Mäkelä: Working with Soil Recently I spent one year in New-Zealand. Because of its volcanic nature, the place offered diverse raw materials that were suitable for ceramics making. The core of my creative practice became the natural environment and the earth samples – sand, stones, and clay – I gathered during my walks. The materials were processed further in the studio and then used as raw materials for ceramics. The lecture presents this ‘seed’ project with four interrelated projects where these practices are used in urban context. Three of the projects were conducted together with Working with soil group: first took place in Research Pavilion #3 in the context of Venice Biennale 2019; second in Design Museum Helsinki 202 0-2021; third in Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA 2021-2022. All the projects discuss the entangled relationship between human and soil from different perspective. The fourth project is ongoing research with the aim of learning how to use geopolymers to work with soil matters with the result of construction that would not need firing. Doctor of Arts Maarit Mäkelä is an Associate Professor of Practice-led Design Research at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland, where she is leading EMPIRICA research group and Contemporary Design master programme. Her own creative practice locates in the context of contemporary ceramics. She uses her own ceramics making as an embodied, slow practice through which to (re)consider the entangled relationship between human and non-human realms in the context of soil. Her current research interest lies in collaborative creative processes, especially how craft-based practices can be used for raising critical discourse around the stage of the environment. She has published and exhibited widely in international arenas. https://www.maaritmakela.com/ https://empirica.aalto.fi/traces-from-the-anthropocene
Wow, we are growing as a research group! Exciting things may be lurking ahead – and challenges for extra-ordinary academics like us. This is why we work together: to support each other and do really inventive, good quality research and edgy research training across the borders of nations, disciplines and universities. Together, apart and in various constellations with other curious research partners.
Call for our first meeting this term, dears!
A warm welcome to all you group members for our first zoom meeting this term, Thursday 1 Sep, 13:15 hrs! Group members and team on location – this is who we are whom work in the closer group. Zoom link will be sent out over email.
September 1 we launch this new fall term of 2022 with a group meeting where new postdoc researchers and visiting scholars say hello, and we meet and greet and discuss our priorities and themes for the year ahead. The Posthumanities Hub research group members commit often to the group one year at the time (with parts of their research), except of course for the PhD candidates and postdocs or more senior research staff whom have longer employment contracts – and visiting scholars who are with us for shorter periods. Together we set the living agenda for online webinars this fall, applications we do best together or for other co-written efforts of research.
Thank you for making the time and the space in your schedules and hearts for the off-road activities of The Posthumanities Hub.
The Create/Feminisms cluster in the Arts and Creative Industries Faculty invite all staff and students to log in, listen and take an active part in the following 4 externally facing ONLINE research seminars on De-/Post-/Anti-colonial Feminisms in Fine Art and Textile Crafts.
We hope you will cascade this invitation to anyone else as these events focused in theories of contemporary art and textile crafts are open to all. Registration is required to receive Zoom links to join the seminars.
These events have been organised by Professor Katy Deepwell, Dr. Neelam Raina and Neda Mohamadi. The events are supported by ACI’s research funds. Each seminar will have a keynote, a panel of 2-3 papers and an open poster session.
1) Decolonising Craft (Tuesday, June 14) 2-6pm
Keynote Speaker: Aarti Kawlra
Panellists: Fatima Hussain, Neelam Raina
2) Feminist Pedagogies: learning to unlearn and decolonial toolkits (Tuesday June 21) 2-6pm
Keynote Speaker: Dalida Maria Benfield
Panellists: Sharlene Khan, Michele Williams Gamaker, Isabelle Massu
3) De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Futures in Feminism (Tuesday June 28) 2-6pm
4) Feminist De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Aesthetics (Tuesday July 5) 2-6pm
Keynote Speaker: Madina Tlostanova
Panellists: Shanna Ketchum Heap O’Birds, Ayanna Dozier, Leslie C. Sotomayor.
These seminars have been organised with the belief that feminism needs to represent its own pluri-versality as it continues to redefine local/global politics through its alliances and maintain its allegiances to diverse ways of thinking and making. De-/Anti-/Post-Colonial thought contains many different tactics, approaches and spheres of influence in visual arts and textile crafts. Feminist work in de-/anti-/post-colonial thought has pursued a long-standing critique of the blindspots on gender in configurations of modernity/coloniality; in postcolonial and critical race theory scholarship; in black feminist and anti-racist, anti-homophobic thought; and is evident in black, third-world, global majority, post-Soviet as well as indigenous histories and movements. These complex interventions redefine feminist intersectionality and queer theory away from their configurations solely in nation-states, area studies or world systems theories, searching for other ways to re-imagine global connections, histories and cultural developments, as well as systems of belonging or referencing, to envisage new forms of planetary visions of space and time, past and present. It is in this spirit of acknowledging and making visible the range of this work that we have organised these seminars.
Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism