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Between Us and Nature Reading Group: How Many Natures Can “Futures” Nurture?

Join us for a group reading and informal discussion on the writings of Pedro Neves Marques.

In their 2016 essay Pedro Neves Marques asked “How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture?”(1). Looking at their more recent essays (2), we want to explore the multiplicity of futures and natures that Pedro Neves Marques’ work deals with: multinaturalism, afrofuturism, science fiction and political agency of sex, alterities against colonial power, oppression, and manipulation. They suggest, “that while we need to invent new terms no longer tied to old categories, we must also allow common terms to explode and vary. I am talking about the openness and variability of the human, as a concept, and correlatedly of nature”. (3)

Led by artist Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky and researcher for ecologies and the arts Sina Ribak, this session is run as part of their on-going Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club.

At this reading group we will read passages together out loud and share our experiences and thoughts about the nature(s) we live in, what it means to us, and will discuss different ways of engaging with the world we inhabit.

Come and join us with an open mind to read together, be inspired and gather around texts, thoughts and ideas. You are welcome to participate in the reading and discussion as much or as little as you wish!

Note: As there is a limited capacity, if after confirming your attendance you find out that you are not able to connect, we ask you to be kind to others and to cancel as soon as possible.

This event is in collaboration with Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur, Berlin.

Image credit: Exterminator Seed, dir. Pedro Neves Marques, 2017

1 Pedro Neves Marques (2016): How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture? The Human, Multinaturalism and Variation, In Elemental Propositions, ed. Ashkan Sepahvand et al. Beirut: Sursock Museum (summer 2016)
2 In: Futurity Report vol.I edited by E.C.H. de Bruyn and Lütticken, S., Sternberg Press, Berlin
3 Pedro Neves Marques (2016): How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture? The Human, Multinaturalism and Variation, In Elemental Propositions, ed. Ashkan Sepahvand et al. Beirut: Sursock Museum (summer 2016), p. 7.

Event details

This reading group will be hosted on Zoom and Pedro Neves Marques’ films are available to watch online as part of the HOME Artist Film Weekender from Thu 3 Dec – Sun 6 Dec.