(Re-)Gaining Ecological Futures: Mycopoetics

22-25 June 2023, Pre-festival day 17 June 2023

at Floating University, Berlin

With: Alistair Alexander, Katherine Ball, Ulrike Bernard, Olive Bieringa, David Bloom, Monika Czyżyk, Jade Dreyfuss, Shelley Etkin, Berit Fischer, Martina Kolarek (aka Die Boden Schafft), Ute Lindenbeck, Vera Meyer, Mycelial Workgroup, Merlin Sheldrake

(Re-)Gaining Ecological Futures is a socio-ecological festival that critically engages with the human-centred ontology and the dualism between nature and culture.  

It offers affective encounters and collective engagements that holistically question how we can change our relation to the natural world towards  ecological mindfulness. how to create new synthesis in our technocratic times for a more inclusive and ‘cosmo-logical’ knowing? The festival shares proposals to reflect and act on how we contribute to shaping and nurturing ecological inter-relations and inter-actions in regenerative ways. 

In this year’s edition the focus is on MYCOPOETICS, to illuminate the complex world of the mycelium that is omnipresent in every ecosystem on this planet. The Mycelium could be seen as the ultimate organic network; the epitome of “symbiocene”. The mycological communities elude standardised hierarchical knowledge production and a homogeneous understanding of the world. Their way of life defies the mechanisms and logics of binarity, control and commodification dominated by capitalist logics.

For four days, we invited to explore and immerse oneself with body and mind in artistic, practical and scientific ways, into some aspects of the immense complexities of the mycelial world. How can we overcome human-centred unilateral and binary thinking? How and what might we learn from the cross-species fungi superorganisms to compost the toxins of the Anthropocene? 

Funded by Stiftung Kunstfonds, Sonderförderprogramm NEUSTART plus Plattformen der bildenden Kunst

See the full programme here:

Video Interview by Manuela Johanna Covini from Kulturstadt.org can be seen here.

A Video Interview by Manuela Johanna Covini from Kulturstadt.org can be seen here

A festival review by Lyndsey Walsh for the Maker media Labs on 18 July 2023 can be read here