To care is to give. To give shelter for life, gentle footsteps (Julia Vergazova and Nikolay Ulyanov) or to give a voice (Liliia Akivenson). But who is the giver and who is the receiver in the human-soil relationship? How technologies will help to take care of the soil and to hear it? And where is the invisible border between care and control among the dominant logic of agricultural productivity? The conference participants will follow the approaches of Maria Puig de la Bellacasa* to develop "speculative thinking" as a political imagination of the possible and will present artistic projects on our relationship with soil, where the awareness of existence of others contributes to establishment of a new ethic for living together.

Moderator – Alla Mitrofanova

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*Maria Puig de la Bellacasa. Matters of Care // London and Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press – 2017, p 269
Artist Talks
September 12, 2021
Ground of Care and Control: part 2
Julia Vergazova is an artist and curator. She graduated from Cologne Academy of Media Arts and Moscow Rodchenko Art School. Area of her interest includes redefinition of distances between biology and technology, natural and synthetic intelligence. Julia is focused on research in the context of mutating, accelerating reality. She is curious about borderline bodies, cyber organisms and revisiting concepts of human and non-human, sensual and machine, and our relations with the environment.
Liliia Akivenson is a sound researcher, lecturer of SRI (Scientific Research Institute) of Noise and regular seminar «Sound in the Field», graduate of IEA RAS (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Area of her scientific interests include: thanatological practices, sound studies, deep listening.
Evgenii Savenko works with sound since 1996. He is a curator and moderator of noise scenes on various festival venues since 2005. As an artist (aliases: Lunar Abyss Deus Organum/Mykoriza/Hattifnatter/Боевые Цикады) participates in festivals of varying scale, such as SKIF, Electromechanica, Space of Joy.
Alla Mitrofanova is a philosopher, one of the founders of the cyberfeminist movement, curator of the Philosophical Cafe, organizer of the translation seminar of Karen Barad's book "Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning"
grounding@itmo.ru
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