Symposium 2016


EMBODYING ENLIVENMENT – Queer, SM and Eco-Sexual Perspectives


 Sacha Kagan
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In an age where the modern myths of Mastery and Control have started to crumble down, the rediscovery of the body, of one & many ecology/ecologies, and of intelligence beyond the narrowly rational intellectual realm, is opening up new perspectives for transformation of individuals and society.

Corporeal practices allow us to learn through embodiment, whether they are sexual, gender-related and/or otherwise exploring new territories of self and others. But how do these practices relate to existing social order? How far do they maintain the status quo, titillate social change, or even maybe foster deeper social transformation?

This symposium will explore some alternative cultures in their relations to mainstream cultures. It will investigate individual practices and temporary communities. The guest speakers will introduce different approaches and perspectives, such as Queer, BDSM, Phenomenological Animism, Queer Ecologies, Eco-Sexuality, Metahumanism, and the philosophy of Enlivenement. We will exchange and explore together how knowing and making worlds with the body, rather than ‘against’ the body, relates to philosophical, political and civilizational questions about the kind of society we want to become.

By sharing insights and reflections at the Xplore symposium alongside the Xplore Festival, we invite you to enter in a fruitful reflective dialogue with creative embodied practice, such as the artistic and practice-based insights from the workshops and performances at Xplore 2016.

Each speaker will be giving her or his lecture/intervention twice, over the duration of the symposium. The symposium will be concluded with a panel discussion among speakers and with the audience. Please note the language (English or German) in which each session is conducted.

Panel discussion
on the topic with the speakers under the guidance of the curator: Saturday 8 p.m. in the Boersensaal (English)


The Speakers:

Andreas Weber

Caffyn Jesse

Cate Sandilands

Elizabeth Wagner

Jaime del Val
Robin Bauer

Thomas Burø

 Andreas Weber  Caffyn Jesse  Cate Sandilands  Elizabeth Wagner  Jaime del Val  Robin Bauer  Thomas Burø
Poetics of the Flesh Queer Embodiment Queering Communities:
Becoming (With) Plants
Strategies for (self)normalization in sadomasochism Metabody Transgression, transformation, exuberant possibilities Our Sad Contempt for Powerlessness
Fri 11:00h - German Fri 16:00h - English Fri 20:00h - English Sat 13:00h - German Sat 16:00h - English Fri 13:00h - English Sun 18:00h - English
Sat 18:00h - English Sat 11:00h - English Sun 13:00h - English Sun 16:00h - German Sun 11:00h - English Fri 18:00h - English