Symposium: “nature after nature”

Symposium: “nature after nature”


Design: Alice Channer/Zak Group.

June 24, 2014

Symposium: “nature after nature”
Saturday, 5 July 2014, 11–19.30h

Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel

T +49 561 707 27 20

Susanne Pfeffer
Iain Hamilton Grant
“Nature after Nature”
Jason Wirth
“The woman who married a bear and other reflections on nature after nature”

Cord Riechelmann
“Have the romantics ever been in the woods? Some remarks on becoming-wood after nature”
Frédéric Neyrat
“Is there any body out there? Nature and the outside”

Markus Gabriel
“Nature after Naturalism”
Panel discussion

The division of nature and culture is obsolete. Nature is us, and everything that surrounds us. Nature does and becomes, nature is subject and material at the same time. Nature is forever reconstituting itself after nature.

In their approach to transformed materials and images, their origins and interactions, the artists in “nature after nature” abandon distinctions between synthetic and organic, man-made and natural. They present a nature that impacts beyond its sensory manifestations. A nature whose varied interactions undermine our notions of space and time.

The refusal to distinguish between nature and culture and to accept the claim to universal validity of these categories is also addressed by current philosophical theories. The symposium “nature after nature” enquires how nature can be considered anew in space and time, materiality and immateriality.

Markus Gabriel is Professor for Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Bonn and Director of the university’s International Centre for Philosophy. He is author of the bestseller Warum es die Welt nicht gibt (Why the World does not Exist) (2013).

Iain Hamilton Grant is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England in Bristol. His publications include Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (2006), Idealism. The History of a Philosophy (2011) and Deep Field Ontology (forthcoming).

Frédéric Neyrat is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and member of the editorial board of Multitudes. His publications include Biopolitique des catastrophes. La politique sur le qui-vive (2008).

Cord Riechelmann is a biologist and journalist. His main interest lies in the living conditions of nature in the culture of the urban habitat. He is author of Krähen. Ein Portrait (Crows. A Portrait) (2013).

Jason Wirth is Professor for Philosophy at the Seattle University. His publications include The Conspiracy of Life. Meditations on Schelling and His Time (2003).

All lectures will be in English.
Admission is free—please rsvp to symposium [​at​]

The symposium takes place in the context of the exhibition nature after nature, on view at Fridericianum until August 17.
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11–18h, Thursday 11–20h

Press contact
Carolin Wuerthner
T +49 561 707 27 89 / press [​at​]

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