Naturally Hypernatural: Visions of Nature

Naturally Hypernatural: Visions of Nature

Naturally Hypernatural: Visions of Nature is an interdisciplinary conference investigating the fluctuating “essences” of “nature” and the “natural” in the 21st century. Each of these terms carries with it an enormity of philosophical questions ranging from the alteration of life itself to dialogues concerning the notion of the Anthropocene, a term used to describe man’s intervention into the natural world. The talks presented here will focus on contemporary issues in the visual arts as they intersect with the biological and geological sciences, confirming that nature remains an intrinsically mysterious, ever more mutable entity.  At the present time, cellular parts are being remixed in laboratories to create synthetic organisms while geological transformations are forecasting wild swings in weather conditions. Human reproduction regularly occurs in Petri dishes while cucumbers are grown in space. The artificial and the natural now combine to form novel entities, never before seen on earth, while animal species dwindle down to extinction every day.  Animals and plants are exhibited as contemporary art, while the real is conflated with the imaginary. Technological advances and their theoretical undertones have migrated into art practice producing New Media installations, Bio Art exhibitions and a global community of art practitioners adapting novel productions to cultural resources.   In addition, visual art has become a social practice platform with projects that intersect with urban farming, DIY biology and extremes in performance art. Naturally Hypernatural: Visions of Nature brings together artists, historians, curators, philosophers and scientists to examine and comment on these ideas.

In addition, there will be an exhibition of work by students, alumni and faculty, generated through SVA’s Bio Art Laboratory, the first of its kind in the U.S.A.




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Friday, November 14, 2014
4:00pm – 5:00pm Conference Registration
5:00pm – 5:15pm Introduction: Suzanne Anker
5:15pm – 7:30pm Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Melentie Pandilovski
  • Lucas Evers
  • Moderator: Suzanne Anker

7:30pm – 8:30pm Opening Reception for the exhibition Blue Egg: Visions of Nature

Saturday, November 15, 2014
9:00am – 10:00am Conference Registration and Breakfast
10:00am – 12:00pm Panel 1: Conditions of Possibility

  • Sabine Flach
  • Gary Sherman

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30pm Panel 2: Water

  • Zach Moser
  • Dr. Irene J. Klaver
  • Dr. Sarah E. Durand
  • Henry G. Sanchez
  • Moderator: Aimee Morgana

4:30pm – 5:00pm Coffee Break
5:00pm – 7:00pm Panel 3: Anthropocene

  • Roy Scranton
  • Laura Ballantyne-Brodie
  • Janet Biggs
  • Joe Mangrum
  • Moderator: Daniel Grushkin

7:00pm Dinner Reception

Sunday, November 16, 2014
9:00am – 10:00am Conference Registration and Breakfast
10:00am – 12:30pm Panel 4: Dead or Alive

  • Joanna Ebenstein
  • Dana Levy
  • Nancy Chunn
  •   Moderator: Michael Sappol

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 4:00pm Panel 5: DIY Biology

  • Ellen Jorgensen
  • Joseph DeGiorgis
  • Adam Stennett
  • Sebastian Cocioba
  • Moderator: Oliver Medvedik

4:00pm – 4:30pm Coffee Break
4:30pm – 6:30pm Panel 6: Colonizing Nature

  • Suzanne Anker
  • Raul Valverde
  • Marco Castro
  • Moderator: Sabine Flach

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Naturally Hypernatural: Visions of Nature
14-16 November, 2014

School of Visual Arts
Fine Arts Building
335 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
(+1) 212.592.2510

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$75 (3-day general admission)
$25 (1-day general admission)
$25 (3-day students with valid ID)
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Conference Organizers
Suzanne Anker
Chair, BFA Fine Arts Department
School of Visual Arts, NYC

Sabine Flach
Chair, Department of Art History
University of Graz, Austria