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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. 


Beyond New Nature

Reflections on New Nature in the Überblog

New Nature Audiovisual

New Nature

Opening Keynote | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Nerea Calvillo in Conversation with Nick Shapiro © Goethe-Institut Montreal

Artist Talk | Nerea Calvillo in Conversation with Nick Shapiro

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

Reflections by Heather Davis

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

Reflections by Petra Bachmaier (Luftwerk)

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

Atoms Sphaerae by Tamiko Thiel


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, which will continue to manifest until December 2020 in virtual lab sessions, public online screenings and an exhibition in Montreal and in Berlin in collaboration with Retune - Creative Technology Laboratory.


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.

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