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Coding brUtopias


Symposium, 28-29 Sep 2023, 13:30-19:00

This symposium draws on the notion of coding, which is deployed in multiple areas ranging from genetic coding and cybernetics to politics and art, and understands it as a mode of languaging that aims at engineering futures.

Organized by Marta Aleksandrowicz (ICI Berlin), Michela Coletta (ICI Berlin / FU Berlin / University of Warwick), Sarath Jakka (ICI Berlin / ISRF), Ben Woodard (ICI Berlin)

An ICI Berlin event organized in collaboration with the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut at Freie Universität Berlin and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

At the venue: Registration required

Lara brChoksey


Anti-eugenics after the Genome

Lecture, 28 Sep 2023, 18:00

Since the 1990s, genomics has promised cures for major challenges to human survival, among them disease, food shortages, fertility problems, and climate change. It has offered a vision of a better world by sequencing and modifying the building blocks of life.

Part of the Symposium Coding Utopias

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De/Coding brUtopia


Discussion, 29 Sep 2023, 16:30

Utopia has been, and continues to be, an often violent gesture that chooses the future of select groups and certain forms of life at the expense of others. Is utopia, then, still worth keeping in a world that has been so damaged through its violent deployments?

With Leonardo Caffo, Hilda Fernandez, Patricia Reed, and Fátima Vieira

Part of the Symposium Coding Utopias

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Spatial Figures brin the Anthropocene

Spatial Figures
in the Anthropocene

Symposium, 5-6 October 2023, 9:30-20:00

Engagement with the planetary and its crises has led to the emergence of radical challenges to conventional analytical distinctions between global and local. This symposium explores how the concept and reality of the Anthropocene disfigures and refigures four key spatial figures of Western modernity: the place, the territory, the network, and the route.

Organized by the Collaborative Research Center 'Re-Figuration of Spaces' (CRC 1265) in collaboration with the ICI Berlin 

Livestream partially available
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Refiguring brBotanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Art Installation & Lecture, 5 Oct 2023, 19:00

The talk invites the audience into the world of botanical gardens, which is under pressure to change in response to refiguring processes such as climate change, the imperative of decolonization, and rapid advances in digital technology. 

Digital Art Installation:
Diffracting Natures Spatial Refigurations in the Metaverse  Séverine Marguin and Jamie-Scott Baxter in cooperation with the artist-architect Lus Constantin

Part of the Symposium Spatial Figures in the Anthropocene

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An Atlas of Figures brWe Live By

An Atlas of
Spatial Figures

Book Presentation & Performance, 6 Oct 2023, 19:00

The book addresses methodological questions of how current interdisciplinary research can be designed to ‘figure out spaces’ and analyze the contemporary refiguration of spaces.

With Ignacio Farías, Nikolaus Gansterer, and Silke Steets

Part of the  Symposium Spatial Figures in the Anthropocene

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Making and brBreaking Models

Making and
Breaking Models

Workshop, 16-17 Oct 2023, 14:30-20:30

This workshop will focus on how the meaning of models changes as it travels between different domains, and on how a given model is constructed and broken depending on how tightly it is bound to its reference. Opposing the idea that models are mere representations, contributions will inquire into their generative properties: to make a model involves abstractions and idealizations that can have very real effects in its target system. Likewise, to break a model often leads to novel theoretical insights, revealing hidden presuppositions and opening up the possibility of making, and breaking, again.

Organized by current ICI Fellow cohort
Special Guests Kathy-Ann Tan and Quill R. Kukla

At the venue: Registration will open on 4 Oct 2023

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From Solar Futures br to Future Solidarity

From Solar Futures
to Future Solidarity

Symposium, 23 Oct 2023, 16:00-21:00

The sun has been a continuous element of utopian imagination — as a cultural form, an ideological power, and a spiritual force. The energy of the sun keeps the planet functional, regulates the metabolic rhythms of plants and animals, and is part of a contemporary global capital of technological and economic power. 

Organized by Sara Castelo Branco and Claudia Peppel
An ICI Event in cooperation with Bard College Berlin

At the venue: Registration will open on 10 October 2023

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Self brStudy


Maggie Nelson in Conversation with David Kishik
Maggie brNelson


The Forms Things Want to Come As
Mary S. brMorgan

Mary S.

Model Narratives