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Conference Program

Questioning the Non-Human Other

Political Potentials of Living Beings in Art

Universitätsplatz 3, 2nd floor, HS 01.22
2:30 – 3:00pm Conference Registration
3:00 – 3:15pm

Sabine Flach & Suzanne Anker

3:15 – 3:30pm Welcoming speech Rectorate of the Karl-Franzens University of Graz
3:30 - 3:45pm

Welcoming speech Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Michael Walter

4:00 – 6:00pm

Panel I: Animals and the Ethics of Art
Moderator: Kris Holland

Gabriela Kompatscher
Literary Animal Studies as an Ethical Catalyst

Jessica Ullrich
Animal Agency as Artistic Authorship

Gary Sherman
Heads and/or Tails

7:00 – 8:00pm Artist Talk
Sabine Flach in conversation with Suzanne Anker at Galerie Schnitzler & Lindsberger (Rechbauerstraße 21, Graz)
8:00 – 9:00pm

Wine and Cheese


Universitätsplatz 3, 1st floor, HS 01.15
09:30 – 11:30am

Panel II: Shifting to Non-Human Aesthetics
Moderator: Klaus Rieser

Nassim W. Balestrini
Ursus Sapiens and Homo Polaris? Cross-Species Representation in Climate Change Theater

Kristopher Holland
Viscous, Molten, and Phased: Undergoing/Overcoming Nature as Object with Non-Human Aesthetics, Hyper-Objects, and Art

Sabine Flach
Ashamed at/of being ashamed. L’animal que donc je sui - Pierre Huyghe and Jacques Derrida (more to follow)

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 3:00pm

Panel III: The Turning: Soil, Plants and Human Imagination
Moderator: Susanne Rieser

Chonja Lee
Revolutionary Flowers. Sex and Politics in early modern Dance

Teresa Castro
Film and that “butterfly wing-dust of wonder”

Sabine Nessel
How to Live Together: Posthuman Intimacy and Socialization

3:00 – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30 – 5:30pm

Panel IV: ‘Theatrum Botanicum’: The Human-Plant Exchanges
Moderator: Sabine Flach

Hanne Loreck
Critical Practices from the Margins: Plants and the Like

Jonathan Cane
The Politics of Palm Trees in South African Contemporary Art

Anne-Grit Becker
Oiticica’s Open Condition

Karoline Walter
Tue Greenfort – Questioning Dichotomies

6:00 – 7:00pm Screening: Frank Gillette - Introduction by D.J. Hellerman, Curator Everson Museum at Künstlerhaus Graz (Burgring 2, Graz)


Universitätsplatz 3, 2nd floor, HS 01.22
09:30 – 11:30am

Panel V: Quasi Objects
Moderator: Anne-Grit Becker

Mathias Kessler
Nowhere to Be Found

Hannes Rickli
Quasi-Objects: Nature as Infrastructure and Medium of Its Own Observation

Natasha Christopher
Soil Matters

Margit Stadlober
Tiny Plants (?) with big Effect in the Danube Style

11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30 – 2:30pm

Panel VI: Counter-paths: Artistic Flurries for Non-Human Art
Moderator: Sabine Flach

Valerie Varga
Remembering the future. Mariko Mori´s art in the context of metamodernism

Stefanie Schiefermair
Appropriation and Alienation of Landscapes. Positions of Contemporary Art in Postcolonial Context

Janine Wagner
On the Vivification of a Digital Character

Elisabeth Rainer
Eco-Logic: Wheatfield - A Confrontation

Anja Lindbichler
Relation between Ecology and Art

Beata Fenyvesi
Scientific Nature? Matter and Visuality in the works of Suzanne Anker

2:30 – 2:45pm Coffee break
2:45 – 4:45pm

Panel VII: Beyond Nature: Artistic Transmutations
Moderator: Gary Sherman

Thomas Schmickl
Repairing broken ecosystems with robotic surrogates

Anita Haxhija
Tomás Saraceno’s Webs for Better Futures

Guenther Seyfried
Return to Dilmun

DJ Hellermann
The Angel and The Machine

4:45 – 5:15pm

Closing Remarks
Sabine Flach & Suzanne Anker


Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Sabine Flach

Institut für Kunstgeschichte


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