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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 is inviting 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. 

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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
Vitrines

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
Shorts

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

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

Projects
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.


Beyond New Nature

Reflections on New Nature in the Überblog


New Nature Audiovisual

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? 

Reflections by Heather Davis © Heather Davis, Olivia McGilchrist

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Reflections by Heather Davis

Reflections by Petra Bachmaier (Luftwerk) © Luftwerk, Olivia McGilchrist

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Reflections by Petra Bachmaier (Luftwerk)

Atoms Sphaerae by Tamiko Thiel, © Tamiko Thiel, Olivia McGilchrist

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Atoms Sphaerae by Tamiko Thiel


Participating Experts


Project Partners

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