Western dualistic thinking about the separation between nature and culture is a prominent cause of the climate crises. So is the unrealistic separation between technology/ecology and the human/non-human. By placing nature outside ourselves, it becomes an externality of which we have long thought we are master. And from which infinite resources can be extracted. This world view painfully is no longer sustainable in the 21st century. Sociologist and photographer Darko Lagunas and ecologist and artist Theun Karelse work within these topics and apply new perspectives to art and design strategies. What can we learn by developing new narratives from non-human starting points?
Darko Lagunas (CL/NL) is a socio-environmental researcher and photographer with a Dutch-Chilean background. He holds a Masters in Urban Sociology (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam and his research methods focus on non-Western and interdisciplinary collaborations. In his work he explores the social dimensions of ecological projects and thought processes. He aims to impact at both the policy and ground level.
Theun Karelse (NL) studied Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam before joining FoAM, a transdisciplinary laboratory operating between art, science, nature and everyday life. His interests and experimental practice explore the interface between art, environment, technology and archaeology. Lately he has been creating research programmes that consist of fieldwork as a means of critical reflection. For this diverse teams are established to address specific topics in specific locations by in-situ prototyping, experimentation and direct perception.