The Eco- and Bioart Lab opens up a transdisciplinary space, where artistic practice and artistic research converge with philosophy, cultural theory, performance studies, art studies, visual culture, queer death studies, environmental humanities and posthumanities in synergy and as equally legitimate voices. In this way, EBL addresses critical questions concerned with life/death, nature/culture, art/science, ecology, environment, vulnerability, materiality and the body in a more-than-human sense.
The Lab works in close collaboration with both local and international partners: The Eco- and Bioart Research Network, Queer Death Studies Network, The Posthumanities Hub, The Finnish Bioart Society/SOLU (FI), The Independent AIR (DK) and Norwegian BioArt Arena (NOBA, NO), among others.
In our work, we engage with transdisciplinary practices of bioart and art/science, as well as with environmental, ecological and other forms of contemporary art that explore entanglements and relationalities between the human and the more-than-human: other organisms, ecosystems, landscapes, and various forms of soft and hard technologies, with their socio-cultural, ontological, aesthetic and ethico-political implications. While bioart and art/science involve the use of biomatter, scientific tools and methods, other ecologically-oriented forms of contemporary art we explore are not bound by a specific medium or artistic methodologies.
Operating in the context of planetary environmental disruption and increasingly recognised natural/cultural enmeshment of human/nonhuman materialities and bodies/technologies/environments, we zoom in on art practice, artistic research and art-focused research as transdisciplinary critical-creative modes of catalysing different/new knowledges, understandings, narratives, sensibilities and imaginaries.
In our work, we embrace and nurture transversal dialogues focused on the ways in which contemporary art mobilises innovative approaches to more-than-human ecologies, relations, environments and futures.
Together with The Posthumanities Hub, EBL co-hosts the series of higher seminars, which take place online.
If you work at the crossroads of art and the environment or would like to learn more about the Lab, do not hesitate to get in touch.