Planting ideas for vegetal humanities and art research

October 11 (Tuesday) 15.00-16.30), University of Helsinki, Porthania 224, Yliopistonkatu 3

Annette Arlander, University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts

Karoliina Lummaa, University of Turku

Olga Cielemecka, University of Eastern Finland

For ZOOM Link Register HERE the day before the event. You will receive the zoom link an hour before the program begins.


Image caption: Annette Arlander. Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist.

In this multivoice conversation, artist Annette Arlander, literary scholar Karoliina Lummaa, and forest philosopher Olga Cielemecka talk about plant humanities and their experiments with performing and thinking with topics such as vegetation, non-human agency, and plant resilience. Participants are invited to join the discussion by sharing and nurturing their ideas with others. During our get-together, we will also discuss possible networking opportunities in the future.

After the event (16.45-18.00), we will hold a ‘Playful planting’ narrative game to consider the role of playfulness, imagination, and story-telling in the emergent strategies for living together in times of climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

The event is open to everyone interested in plants and vegetal being in artistic practice and research, the humanities, and beyond, as well as plant-ivists and students.

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