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New Nature© Goethe-Institut Montreal

New Nature

An Immersive Media and Climate Science Exchange between Canada - Germany - Mexico - US

Between May and December 2020 the Goethe-Institut Montreal invited leading climate scientists, artists, and technologists from Canada, Germany, Mexico and the United States working on the forefront of immersive technologies to connect and share their explorations on climate change and reflect on desirable futures. 


Beyond New Nature

We think that joining forces with basic science and art ideas and applications can really help get to where we want to get. 

Luisa I. Falcón

As an artist, I can build prototype systems that model experimental ways of thinking and that suggest ways to structure different relations with the biosphere.

Tega Brain

Reflections on New Nature in the Überblog

Public Programming

From May 25-28, 2020, New Nature started with a series of online sessions, consisting of internal workshops and meetings as well as public events such as keynotes and artist talks, these continue to manifest until December 2020 in public online screenings, artist talks and an audiovisual exhibition in Montreal and in Berlin in collaboration with Retune - Creative Technology Laboratory.

Stones make birds make stones (inyan/zintkala/inyan kagapi) Courtesy of the Artist © Suzanne Kite

Audiovisual exhibition

New Nature Vitrines is an exploration of all that lies - unknowably, irreverently, monstrously - beyond the human notion of “nature”. The series assembles audiovisual and sound works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, technologists, and scientists, foregrounding stories and scales that interrogate the inherent anthropocentrism of images, often by riffing on the codes and conventions of nature films, or subverting them altogether.  

Lichen by Lisa Jackson Courtesy of the Artist © Lisa Jackson

New Nature

New Nature–a series of year-long encounters between artists and climate scientists from around the world–presents, in collaboration with Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), two programs of short films that confront the human conception of “nature” and explore all that is unnamable, unknowable, and wild.  

Past Events

Artist Talk Jenna Sutela and Markus J. Buehler © Jenna Sutela

Artist Talk
Jenna Sutela and Markus J. Buehler in conversation with Stefanie Hessler

Buehler, Hessler and Sutela discuss their respective work at the intersection of science, art, and technology. They raise questions of how to sense the natural world and its intimacies with technology at a time when boundaries between the natural and the artificial, the material and the spiritual, are more fluid than ever.

New Nature Bannière

Keynote ⎮May 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm ⎮ Online
Keynote: Land as Pedagogy

​Opening Keynote of NEW NATURE  by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson moderated by Ian Mauro.                                                           
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will read from a selection of traditional stories and expand her thesis of "land as education". The reading will be accompanied by a short film screening, followed by a discussion with Ian Mauro and an extensive round of questions with the audience.

Madrid in the air 24 h © Nerea Calvillo/In The Air/C+arquitectas, Images: Daniel Ruiz

Artist Talk ⎮ May 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm ⎮ Online
Nerea Calvillo in Conversation with Nick Shapiro

A glimpse into the world of Spanish architect Nerea Calvillo, working at the intersection of architecture, science, technology, and feminist studies. In this candid talk, she converses with longtime friend and sometimes collaborator Nick Shapiro, about the synergies between their respective practices in the realms of air and environmental pollution.

Grant programme

New Nature Grants © schnellebuntebilder | LATLONG by schnellebuntebilder Part of the public art project ‘Virtual Depictions: San Francisco’ by Refik Anadol

Research and Development Grants

As an adaptation to COVID restrictions, the Goethe-Institut created New Nature Research and Development Grants.  Existing New Nature Participants were invited to submit proposals, in which they outlined collaborative research projects across disciplines and countries. Read on to find out more about the recipients and their works.

New Nature Audiovisual

NN Video © Goethe-Institut Montreal, Olivia McGilchrist

Video response

Concept & direction: Olivia McGilchrist

Olivia McGilchrist, interdisciplinary multi-media artist, researcher and student responder for the New Nature virtual conference in May, invited Petra Bachmeier, Heather Davis and Tamiko Thiel to reflect about water and water pollution through the lens of their own artistic work and research.  

Question 1 

Does the notion of “environment as freedom” offer any inroads for future collaborations with other New Nature participants through a combination of scientific data and immersive mediums, including storytelling? 

Question 2 

Does Ranganathan’s following question resonate with your work: “What would it mean to reimagine the environment as freedom?” If so, how would you approach this with future collaborators from different fields? 

Participating Experts

Project Partners

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Partner Organizations

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