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Practicing Coexistence: Entanglements Between Ecology and Curating Art
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis formulates ecological thinking in curatorial practices, as a way to act against neoliberal values, far-right politics and find ways to work in a sensitive way in a time of accelerating ecological crisis.

The current socio-political landscape, and its oppressive forces, influence profoundly the art world and whole societies at large. This thesis starts by looking how those forces affect artistic and curatorial practices, and suggests, that a counter-action for these threats could be a practice, that is informed by ecological thinking. Different, ecologically motivated curatorial practices are discussed with curators Jenni Nurmenniemi and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, as well as collective Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. Some additional examples are drawn from the work of Mustarinda association. What comes clear, is that ecological thinking is much more than thinking about the environment or sustainability, but rather, it has connection points with theories of new materialisms, post-fossil experimentation and decolonial thought, all of which are also interconnected and entangled. This thesis gathers a praxis, that is informed by said ecological thinking, which functions both as a thinking and a doing.

Ecological thinking is about radical coexistence and entangled in the materialities of the more than human world. Ecologically informed practice, then, could mean paying attention to material dimensions of practices, slowing down and rethinking exhibition formats.

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2019. , p. 76
Keywords [en]
curating, curatorial, ecology, neoliberalism, soft values, new materialisms, ecological thinking, coexistence, post-fossil fuel, decolonialism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170794OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170794DiVA, id: diva2:1338308
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Available from: 2019-09-30 Created: 2019-07-22 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved

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