How to care for air? – Situating atmosphere through bodies, technologies and imaginaries
How to care for air, which is intangible and largely imperceptible by human senses, yet crucial for our existence? This event will bring together practitioners from across the fields of art and academia with the aim to — through interdisciplinary inquiry — broaden reductivist understandings of air as merely a sum of gasses in order to generate more relational and ecological imaginaries of air as a connective tissue between terrestrial bodies, flows of matter, radiation, information, and the outer atmosphere, while at the same time carrying epoch-defining technologies such as satellites and wireless communication.
Acknowledging that interdisciplinarity and collectivity are neither easy to achieve nor innocent, this event will provide a moment for thoughtful reflection on how to collectively cultivate considerate, accountable and noncoercive human-atmosphere relations without disregarding structural inequalities and socio-ecological aspects.
The event is initiated by Khoj and the interdisciplinary research collaborative Towards Atmospheric Care (Hanna Husberg and Agata Marzecova) with invited participants: Scholar Harshavardhan Bhat, Curator Taru Elfving, Media Scholar Rahul Mukherjee, Artist Karolina Sobecka, Gender scholar Liu Xin, and Khoj Curator and Program Manager Indranjan Banerjee.