About this Event
Thinking through the milieu: Session Three
Thursday, October 19, 6:30—8:00 PM
(onsite at Gallery 44)
Do you have photosynthesis envy? Imagine the ability to send messages directly from one finger to the next, bypassing your brain—like a plant's ability to communicate directly with its roots and nearby flora. Thinking through the milieu: decentralizing thinking while spending time with plants is a series of reading groups hosted by Gallery 44 Artist-in-Residence Soft Turns, delving into the more-than-human relationships surrounding us. Selected readings from the fields of philosophy, psychology, plant biology and media theory will engage discourses that consider alternate forms of thinking, like in plants or AI.
Over the course of this series, close readings of Teresa Castro, Thomas Fuchs, Sabu Kohso, Jussi Parikka, Matteo Pasquinelli, Isabelle Stengers, Hito Steyerl, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Elvia Wilk paired with material, visualization exercises and discussions will consider recent movements towards “decentralized thinking” as a critique of the "individual" in Western thought and others to acknowledge emergent more-than-human relationships and their agency.
Session three reading: an excerpt from Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The excerpt will be distributed to participants by email once registered.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Gallery 44, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Canada