Naturally Hypernatural I: Concepts of Nature

Suzanne Anker: Biota, 2011. Porcelain, silver-leafed rapid prototype figurines.
Sizes and installation format variable.

Naturally Hypernatural I: Concepts of Nature

Naturally Hypernatural I: Concepts of Nature is an interdisciplinary conference investigating current discourses of ‘nature’ and the ‘natural.’ Looking at the latest developments in art, art theory, architecture, and the biological sciences, one can comprehend nature in a striking manner. Traditional genres representing nature in art, such as landscape paintings, earth works, and eco-art projects, continue to this day. However, current practices bring to the fore investigations with unexpected materials, high-technological instrumentation, and collaborations between artists, designers and scientists. Sustainability is being rethought from critical perspectives which incorporate bio-ethics, plant phenomenology, and global warming. What kind of conceptual changes take place when living animals and plants are works of art themselves? Are the artificial and the natural interrelated? By what means can one interpret traditional semantics and symbolism in these cases?

Categories like ‘art’, ‘nature’, and the ‘natural’ fundamentally define the relationship between aesthetics and phenomenology. Is postulating an aesthetics of nature (Naturästhetik) a means of understanding nature (Naturerkenntnis)? To critically examine these equivalences is the ambition of Naturally Hypernatural I: Concepts of Nature.

Organized by Sabine Flach (Chair, Department of Art History, University of Graz, Austria) and Suzanne Anker (Chair, BFA Fine Arts Department, School of Visual Arts, New York).

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Naturally Hypernatural I: Concepts of Nature

International Conference
June 13-15, 2014

Suzanne Anker
Keynote Speaker

Kunsthaus Graz, University of Graz
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Universitätsplatz 3/II 8010
Graz, Austria