Experiencing Utopia: The Interspecies Campus Experiment

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Abstract

Drawing on the traditions of critical theories of art, utopia, modernity and democratic learning processes alongside psychological perspectives of the affordances of things, designs and structures, this presentation focuses on the intersection of art, research and activism through a study of what we have called, the processes and practices of embodied utopian learning.

Presenting the insights from a social experiment. Together with a group of university students, the authors explored the SUPERFLEX sculptural work of art - The Interspecies Campus at RUC Roskilde University. The purpose was to take on the invitation to oblige the contract of the Interspecies campus to find out what kind of affordances the sculptures provide and what kind of relationship with non-human species is made possible through interaction with the sculptural structures.
This presentation zooms in on the specific subjective and social learning processes developed in the interaction to see the potential of the participating student's development and ability to sense, think and act through the creation of a relation to the ’other’. How this newly emerged relationship helps transform an anthro-centred perception of reality and humans' capacity to act on our knowledge and understanding highlights this project’s utopian desire for a more sustainable and liveable earth, world and society. The Interspecies Campus shows us, how art can produce micro utopias in a place like RUC which itself is the historical result of activism and social revolutions more than fifty years ago.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato15 aug. 2023
StatusUdgivet - 15 aug. 2023
BegivenhedGRASP Festival 2023: Utopia - Musicon, Roskilde, Danmark
Varighed: 28 sep. 202329 sep. 2023
https://graspfestival.dk/about-grasp/

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AndetGRASP Festival 2023
LokationMusicon
Land/OmrådeDanmark
ByRoskilde
Periode28/09/202329/09/2023
AndetGRASP 2023 inviterer dig ind i verden af utopier. Tidens problemer kalder på gennemgribende forandringer i vores samfund, og gennem årene har utopiske landskaber været grobund og inspiration til forandring. Forudsætningen for at kunne handle, er evnen til at kunne drømme og forestille sig en bedre verden, og programmet for GRASP 2023 indgyder håb, inspirerer til handling og viser at forandring er mulig. <br/>Kræfterne bag GRASP er blandt andet Roskilde Festival i et samarbejde med Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde Kommune, Roskilde Festival Højskole og Ragnarock-museet. Vores netværk omfatter også videnskabs-, kultur- og formidlingsinstitutioner som Museet for Samtidskunst, Professionshøjskolen Absalon, Musicon, Roskilde Bibliotek og Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium.
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