MICROPERFORMATIVITY AND BIOMEDIALITY
A talk and discussion with Laura Beloff and Jens Hauser.
Date 16/9 2021
Within the scope of the project Weather Glass or Crystal Ball? Mapping the Weather in Arts and Science the Goethe-Institute promotes interdisciplinary research on how weather and climate change are experienced and how we communicate about them. For this reason, the Goethe-Institute Norway organises this digital event with author and curator Jens Hauser and artist and researcher Laura Beloff.
First, Jens Hauser will emphasise the importance to consider non-human “microperformativity” and “biomediality”: Both notions destabilize human scales (both spatial and temporal) as the dominant plane of reference and point to the interconnectedness of biological and technological micro-agencies that, beyond the mesoscopic human body, relate the invisibility of the microscopic to the incomprehensibility of the macroscopic.
Then, Laura Beloff will take an art practitioner’s perspective observing the world and phenomena with a focus on environment, organisms, and climate. With the historical instruments one could observe the weather as a phenomenon directly in time and location, but today’s weather is mediated as data through digital devices. What is the impact of this type of mediated distancing and how it is reflected in the arts?
The exchange will be enriched by many examples from the arts engaged in laboratory and field studies. After the conversation there will be space for questions from the audience.