The Eco- and Bioart Lab (EBL), founded and headed by Dr Marietta Radomska, connects artists, artistic researchers and other practitioners, as well as doctoral students whose practice and research focus on art and the environment in their broadest understanding.
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 naturalcultural 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.
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.
Marietta Radomska (PhD, Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities at Linköping University)
Katja Aglert (artist, Professor of Art at Linköping University)
Margherita Pevere (artist, PhD candidate at Aalto University)
Jacob B. Riis (PhD candidate at Aarhus University)
Karolina Żyniewicz (artist, PhD candidate at University of Warsaw)
Cecilia Åsberg (PhD, Professor in Gender, Nature, Culture at Linköping University)
The Eco- and Bioart Lab works closely with The Eco- and Bioart Research Network (founded in 2017), which focuses on the broadly understood fields of eco- and bioart. It connects academics, artists and other practitioners interested in the subject matter with the aim to generate transversal dialogues focused on the ways in which bioart and other areas of contemporary art open up different/new modes of thinking and imagining human/nonhuman relationalities and futures.
So far the network has been involved in the organisation of the following events:
- Mini-symposium “Becoming with Alien Encounters and Speculative Storytelling”, co-organised by The Posthumanities Hub, Tema Genus Higher Seminar Series, and The Eco- and Bioart Research Network, 5 April 2018, Linköping.
- “Eco/Decolonial Arts: Open-ended Poetic/Philosophical Forays” workshop, hosted by the Intersectionality Research Project, The Eco- and Bioart Research Network, and GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, 28-29 June 2017, Linköping.
- “Bioart and Postnatural Ecologies: Posthumanities for the Anthropocene” Symposium, hosted by the Posthumanities International Network and the Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, 28 April 2017, Linköping.