PROGRAMMA Performative Symposium for Ecological Spectatorship

13.00 t/m 18.30u Het Huis Utrecht €12,50

On 16 October ‘Gaia’s Machine’ organizes a Performative Symposium for Ecological Spectatorship. Gaia’s Machine is an upcoming performance collective exploring the intersection between art, technology and nature.

Performative Symposium for Ecological Spectatorship
16th of October 2018 | 12:45 – 20:00 | Het Huis Utrecht


In this symposium we aim to:

  • Exchange knowledge between arts and sciences leading to a cross-fertilization of ideas and practices related to ecological spectatorship
  • Reflect on our positioning as young artists & scientists at a time of ecological crisis
  • Open a space for a young generation to question our responsibility and to explore potential methods of moving forward

The term ecological spectatorship draws awareness towards humanity’s entanglement within an ecological web. We approach ‘ecology’ from an ethical perspective, addressing the responsibility we have as a human species in relation to the earth (our oikos). Furthermore, we focus on ‘spectatorship’ – a branch within theatre studies that is concerned with the relation between makers and performers and the audience. We emphatically include the spectator in the performative space.
Ecological spectatorship expresses a concern that in our view is not only relevant for theatre makers but also for politically engaged scientists.

In the symposium we will not only take the placement of the spectator into account but we will allow the spectator to become actively engaged in making sense of ecological spectatorship. We are keen to create ample space for the audience to reflect on their experience and to open an exchange of knowledge between both objective and embodied knowledge, and between the collaborators as well as the audience.

We will be researching the proposition of ecological spectatorship through the form of a performative symposium – a play on the traditional form of the symposium by making it both artistic and participatory.

The performative symposium is curated by Gaia’s Machine, in collaboration with:

Juriaan Achthoven (curator, producer)
Pierre Arnau (visual artist)
Virginia Bergamasco (global sustainability science student)
Niko Buhmann(global sustainability science student) Gregorio Clavarino (global sustainability science student) Gijs van Dijk (earth scientist)
dr. Rick Dolphijn (philosopher, art theoretician)
Walter Faaij (anthropologist)
dr. Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink (theatre scholar, dramaturg) Jasper Hupkes (earth science student)
Christoph Krüger (global sustainability science student) Anne Leijdekkers (scenographer)
Rhian Morris (scenographer)
Liza Rinkema (dramaturg)
Daniil Scheifes (environmental scientist student)
Claire Second (documentary maker)
Joost Segers (dramaturg)
Nienke Scholts (dramaturg)

(Please note this is a free event for students: you pay a €5 deposit and when you come to the symposium you will get €5 back.)

The performative symposium is supported by HKU Professorship for Performative Processes; HKU Master of Scenography; Het Huis Utrecht; UU Master of Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy; UU Humanities Honours Program; UU Geoscience Honours Program.