For 2022, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art has partnered with The Brooklyn Rail to present “Deep Ecology in the Cognitive Capitalocene,” an in-person program in Brooklyn, New York, alongside a free public lecture series held online.
The theme “Deep Ecology in the Cognitive Capitalocene” builds on Gregory Bateson’s book 'Steps to an Ecology of Mind' (1972) to produce a deep ecology of the expanded brain in the twenty-first century. If the Anthropocene, or Capitalocene, has generated exploitive techne to dominate the ecosystem in the transformation of nature into capital then “Deep Ecology in the Cognitive Capitalocene” aims to explore new materiality based upon an ecocentric cosmotechnics, such as the Chthulucene or Ecocene, in order to transform the brain as a tool to be used in our struggle for survival.
Faculty include Franco Berardi, Nicolas Bourriaud, Phong Bui, Mareike Dittmer, Thyrza Goodeve, Joan Jonas, Agnieszka Kurant, Reza Negarestani, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Romy Opperman, Eliana Otta, Lucia Pietroiusti, Florencia Portocarrero, David Rothenberg, Tomás Saraceno, Barry Schwabsky (co-director), Analisa Teachworth, McKenzie Wark, and Bruce Wexler.
Applications for SFSIA 2022 are open to students, practitioners and scholars from the fields of art (including video, photography, installation and multimedia), ecology, science and technology studies, philosophy, design, architecture, critical theory, cultural studies, film and media studies, and beyond.
Please see sfsia.art for more information.