More-than-Human Curiosity: Symposium Programme

Joint Programme

Friday 28 July
16:00 Arrival, registration, accommodation
17:00 – 20:00  Programme in Groups*
20:00 – 21:30  Forest Kitchen: Dinner
22:00 Film screening: An Act of Wonder and Gratitude curated by Lucia Pietroiusti – location: Cinema (7)

Part 1:
Aphotic Zone (Emilija Škarnulytė / 2022 / Lithuania / 16')
Premium Connect (Tabita Rezaire / 2016 / France / 13:55')
The Mountain Islands (Kyriaki Goni / 2022 / Greece / 10:42')
Book of Flowers (Agnieszka Polska/ 2023 / Poland / 9:30')
Part 2:
Into all that is here (Laure Prouvost / 2015 / United Kingdom / 9:42')
Matrix Vegetal (Patricia Dominguez / 2022 / Chile / 21:12')
Time and Love (Selvagem / 2022 / Brazil / 12') 

Saturday 29 July
7:30 – 8:00 Breathing exercise Long and Slow Breathing to Control the Mind with Tomáš Zuda
8:00 – 9:30 Forest Kitchen: Breakfast
9:30 – 13:00 Programme in Groups*
13:00 – 14:30 Forest Kitchen: Lunch
14:30 – 19:00  Programme in Groups*
19:00 – 20:30 Forest Kitchen: Dinner
20:45 – 21:15 Perfomative Reading with Petra Hůlová: I'm Trying To Think Differently Than I (An Attempt at Baraburu)
21:30 – 22:30 Concert Interconnectivity or Looking for Hejkal by Slavek Kwi
22:45 – 00:00 DJ Performance by Martyyna 

Sunday 30 July
7:30 – 8:00 Breathing exercise Oxygen Advantage to Make Oxygen Available to Every Cell in the Body with Tomáš Zuda (optional)
8:00 – 9:30 Forest Kitchen: Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Programme in Groups*
13:00 – 14:30 Forest Kitchen: Lunch
14:30 – 17:00 Programme in Groups*

*Exact times for each group may differ and are specified within the individual section programmes. 
**Snacks for children will be served on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon and on Sunday morning. They will be served as part of the Children's Forest Group programme.

Programme of Sections by Days

Section I
In the Bat Brain (On the Future of Animals and Speciesism)

Friday 28 July
17:00 – 20:00
Welcome, visiting locations & workshop Object Kinship. Facilitated by the bat crew

Saturday 29 July
08:45 – 10:30
Soil, Fossil, Dog. Telepathic conversation workshop with Liv Bugge
10:45 – 11:45 Monsters in The Closet. A session exploring mythical creatures and folklore from an LGBTQ+ perspective delivered by queer historian Sacha Coward
12:00 – 13:00 Queer Ecology as a Multispecies Worlding. Seminar in coalitional thinking emphasizing the interconnectedness between the discourses on nature and the embodied politics of sexuality/gender/race by feminist historian Marianna Szczygielska
14:30 – 15:30 How AI Is Changing Our Relationship With Non-Human Beings. Humans are not the only carriers of knowledge and creativity, lecture by sociologist and activist Tereza Vandrovcová
16:00 – 17:30 The Future of Animal (non-human), Human, and Artificial intelligence. Panel discussion with the participation of feminist historian Marianna Szczygielska, philosopher and theoretical biologist Filip Jaroš and professor and AI researcher Ivan Sekaj. Moderated by art theorist and curator Hana Janečková
18:00 – 18:15 Theta. CGI road movie set in the Sinofuturist cinematic world from filmmaker, musician, and artist Lawrence Lek
18:15 – 19:00 all that you change, changes you. Workshop focused on collective resilience and landscape observation, a series of exercises prepared by artist and facilitator anto_nie
20:00 – 21:00 Člověk a had: blíženci (Man and Snake: Gemini). Snake contemplation at the compost heap with stories by filmmaker, indologist, ethnozoologist Hana Nováková

Sunday 30 July    
10:00 – 13:00 Digestive meeting. Collective imagination about the more-than-human future and the future of non-human animals facilitated by Tereza Čajková & Noemi Purkrábková and Kristýna Hrubánová & Jiří Sirůček
14:00 – 15:00 Wandering for the Ghosts of the Forest. Workshop, parade, and farewell together with the children's forest group prepared by children’s forest group and the bat crew

Section II
After Memory (Memory, Body, Landscape) 

Friday 28 July
17:00 An introduction and meeting with curators Tereza Porybná and Katrine Elise Agpalza Pedersen
17:30 – 18:30
Deep Listening. Sound, movement, and meditation with Elin Már Øyen Vister
19:00 – 20:15 Rhubarb and Other Stories: Gardens and Multispecies Memory. A lecture by Catriona Sandilands 

Saturday 29 July
9:00 – 10:00
Memory Games. Interactive workshop with memory coach Martina Wilhelmová (optional)
10:00 – 11:00 Human Visual Memory and Attention: How We Remember Images. A lecture and workshop with Filip Děchtěrenko
11:15 – 12:30 Neuromorphism and Scalar Perspectivalism: Leaving Marks for Future Remembering through Becoming A Slug.Memory and movement workshop with Helene Nymann and Joe Dumit
12:40 – 13:30 Memory Games. Interactive workshop with memory coach Martina Wilhelmová (optional)
14:30 – 15:30 Unbreeding Memory. A performative participatory lesson with Lucie Rosenfeldová and Kateřina Konvalinová
15:45 – 16:45 Absorb, block, block, absorb, or does my pug love me. Creative writing lecture by Oreet Ashery
17:00 – 17:40 Sharing session facilitated by Joe Dumit
18:15 – 18:30 Theta. Screening of a short film by Lawrence Lek
18:30 – 19:30 Human vs Machine Consciousness. A lecture by AI researcher Ivan Sekaj

Sunday 30 July                
10:00 – 11:00 Memory Palace. Memory training workshop with Petra Hirtlová
11:00 – 12:00 Forgotten Books. Reading and talking with Martin Zetová
12:00 – 12:30 Mayflies are dozing in your hair. A performance by Mercedes Mühleisens
12:30 – 13:30 Transgenerational memory. Discussion with psychologist Vojtěch Juřík and others.
14:30 – 16:00 Lament to the bird mountain who lost its voice. Sound performance by Elin Már Øyen Vister accompanied by closing meditation or daydreaming 

Section III
Mediations (Art & the Human Brain)

Friday 28 July
17:00 – 17:40
Introduction of the programme by Zuzana Blochová, Tereza Hadravová, and Matthew Pelowski
17:40 – 18:00 Full Body Breath (An activation of the body to breathe to its full potential). Introduction to a series of breathing exercises and breathing exercise by psychologist Tomáš Zuda
18:10 – 19:00 Affective Aesthetic Cognitivism in Neuroaesthetics. A lecture by empirical philosopher Joerg Fingerhut
19:10 – 20:00 Quotes. Or dots? Art intervention by Jiří Kovanda

Saturday 29 July
9:30 – 10:30
Intentionality (I). A roundtable debate with neuroscientist Petr Adámek, psychologist Rebecca Chamberlain, Joerg Fingerhut, psychologist and neuroaesthetician Matthew Pelowski, and aesthetician Jakub Stejskal, moderated by aesthetician Tereza Hadravová
10:40 – 11:40 Intentionality (II). Sharing about the creative process and artistic intent
11:40 – 12:10 Basics of Pranayama Breathing. Breathing exercise with Tomáš Zuda
12:10 – 13:00 Artwork in the forest by Özlem Altın
14:30 – 15:30 Art and the Brain. A roundtable debate with Petr Adámek, Rebecca Chamberlain, Joerg Fingerhut, and Matthew Pelowski, moderated by Tereza Hadravová
15:40 – 16:00 More Pranayama Breathing. Breathing exercise with Tomáš Zuda
16:10 – 17:00
Performance by David Fesl
17:10 – 18:00 The Artist's Track / Tracking the Artist. A lecture by Rebecca Chamberlain
18:10 – 19:00 First part of participatory performance by Esther Kläs

Sunday 30 June
9:30 – 10:20
Patterns of Art Experience. A lecture by Matthew Pelowski
10:30 – 11:20 Second part of participatory performance by Esther Kläs
11:30 – 12:20 Documents and Monuments: Art History Meets Cultural Evolution. A lecture by Jakub Stejskal
12:30 – 13:00 Wim Hof Breathing. Intensive breathing exercise while lying down with Tomáš Zuda
14:30 – 15:30 Artificial Intelligence. A roundtable debate with Rebecca Chamberlain, Joerg Fingerhut, Matthew Pelowski, and Jakub Stejskal, moderated by Tereza Hadravová
15:40 – 16:10 Advanced Pranayama Breathing. Last breathing exercise with Tomáš Zuda; space for Q&A 

Section IV
Children's Forest Group: Trees and People Used to Be Good Friends

Friday 28 July
16:45 – 18:00
Introduction for parents and children. Exploring the meadow and collecting objects.
18:00 – 18:30 Afternoon snack
18:30 – 20:00 First exploration of the Forest

Saturday 29 July
9:30 – 10:30
Movement Workshop
10:30 – 13:00 Message from the Forest
11:30 Morning snack
14:30 – 16:30 Working with clay, making masks
16:30 – 17:00 Afternoon snack
17:00 – 19:00 Collective storytelling of forest ghost dreams. Shared ritual.

Sunday 30 July
9:30 – 13:00
Chronicle: we draw, we paint, we write, we glue…
11:30 Morning snack
14:00 – 15:00 Final journey through the forest with an adult group

Earthworm Tralala: Children’s forest group for children from 1.5 to 4 years old

Saturday 29 July
9:30 – 11:30
Sound rhythm and movement time

Sunday 30 July
9:30 – 11:30
Sound rhythm and movement time

I. In the Bat Brain (On the Future of Animals and Speciesism): anto_nie, Edith Jeřábková, Denisa Langrová, Ruta Putramentaite, Alex Sihelsk*
II. After Memory (Memory, Body, Landscape):Katrine Elise Agpalza Pedersen, Tereza Porybná
III. Mediations (Art & the Human Brain): Zuzana Blochová, Tereza Hadravová, Matthew Pelowski
IV. Children's Forest Group: Trees and People Used to Be Good Friends & Earthworm Tralala: Jana and Jakub Adamec, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Eva Koťátková, Jana Landsingerová, Magda Stojowska
Production: Katarína Karafová, Tomáš Košťák, Sára Märc, Petra Pučeková
Technical production: Štěpán Tůma
PR: Petra Fujdlová
Forest kitchen: Noam Darom & Maike Urban
Bar: Markéta Adamcová
Graphic design: Róbert Púček a Ľubica Segečová
Photography: Johana Pošová, Jan Kolský
Cooperation and special thanks: Václav Girsa, Štěpánka Jeřábková, Mirek and Pavlína Verbíkovi, Nikola Šmeralová, Adam Wlazel
Partners: Kunsthall Trondheim, Røst Air, Ovenecká 33
Media partner: Právo

Supported by: the EEA Grants 2014-2021 under the Culture Programme, the European Union - Next Generation EU, the National Regeneration Plan, the Ministry of Culture, the City of Prague, the State Culture Fund, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), the City of Oslo, Stink Film, Tomáš Rousek, Capital Consulting, Emblem Hotel