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Fabricio Lamoncha Martinez

Interspecies Collaboration Artistic Research Methods

Beginn des PhD-Programms / Start of the PhD-Program: WS 2018

Betreuung / Supervision:
Christa Sommerer

The problem of “other minds” is a very ancient problem that is still present in contemporary society, and it is so because we haven’t been given the tools to construct our cultural beliefs that allow us to understand other species. Today, we are not missing observation skills and tools, nor moments of interaction with other species—in fact, we are all exposed to meaningful moments of exchange with other species all the time, though what we are missing are the cultural constructs that make all these observations and experiences cohesive. This discrepancy between our own singular ways of experiencing and understanding the world and what we are taught to believe can lead to confusion and frustration.

Interspecies art projects most of the times provoke a visceral reaction on their audiences, sometimes making them laugh, other times provoking their rage. Whatever the case, due to the complexity and responsibility that working with other species arises, interspecies art projects always visualize on pertinent and serious issues. By conceptualising collaborations with other species, as well as confronting with their results, we (humans) are forced to question our self-proclaimed centered position, a position that we believe has lead us to immense ecological destruction and the suffering and the extinction of many species. Introducing ‘collaboration’ as a term in our interaction with other living forms force us to acknowledge their agency, turning them our intellectual and spiritual partners, and therefore becoming much more difficult to put them through suffering or danger. 

Kurz-Biographie / Short Bio
Fabricio Lamoncha is an artist, designer and researcher. His practice explores the entanglements of media ecology and bioethics. Since 2016 he is University Assistant at Interface Cultures Master Program, and in 2018 he started his PhD under the supervision of Univ. Prof. Dr. Christa Sommerer. His work has been exhibited internationally and awarded with the Art and Artificial Life International Award Vida14.

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