Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology is a platform for planetary becomings.
We work with the embodied, theoretical and political implications of global, but unequally distributed environmental breakdown in response to multispecies worlds in urgent need of regeneration and care. We try to stay with the trouble of cultivating human and more-than-human relations and ethics that point towards and rework the different response-abilities ‘we’ carry on a planet wounded by the violence of colonialism, white imperialism and extractive capitalism, while also reconfiguring the already exclusive and non-innocent notion of the Human. Born and raised within eurocentric, western structures, we work from within the troubled histories of our own privileges situated, as they and we are, within global structures of inequity and oppression, and we try to challenge our heritage of exploitative, pathogenic and destructive systems and norms.
Guided by queer feminist strategies we attempt to form alliances across different collectives, bodies and fields. We work with the non-binary, the weird and the marginalized, the exhausted, the composting, the failing, the falling, the floating and the leaking. We strive to facilitate openings for the mourning of past, present and future worlds lost, while also holding space for radical joy, insurgent play and modest hope. We work towards the composing of collectives, resilient and vulnerable, in the ambition to imagine and co-create liveable worlds otherwise. In this, we recognize that ‘we’ must be ready to become radically other to what we now know and are.
We work with arts, poetry, education and storytelling as partial and imperfect practices of worlding, in intimate and often problematic collaboration with the more-than-human. We are concerned with the im/possibilities of queer homebuilding in a world characterized by forced migration and homelessness, and we long for the consolidation of international solidarity and practices care.
Our curatorial structure is nomadic and tentacular, a result of the different interests and practices of our five members. Thus our web is far cast and our branches reach into many parts of the world – very often they intersect and fertilize each other, sometimes they co-exist in friction and sometimes they collide in disagreement.
We facilitate a myriad of multidisciplinary events, exhibitions, workshops and symposia across landscapes, disciplines, contexts and histories spanning from rural spaces, festival sites, ocean shores, boats, academic- and exhibition spaces and more. Our methods are performative, experimental and flow through and across genres. We aim for long durational, cross-pollinating knowledge productions in conversation with many partners.
We also run a small press that publishes and translates work that shares, extends, supports and forms our thinking. Our publications explore intersections and crossings between the poetic and the academic, the affective and the scientific, the personal and the political.