Michael Marder on The Art of the Plants (Themselves)
In this lecture, Michael Marder, Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, will discuss the art and aesthetics of plant life. The lecture is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.
Abstract How would art mutate—metamorphose, grow, but also decay—if it became the art of the plants themselves? I begin this lecture with painting a portrait of plants as artists, emphasising the different ways in which they participate in the aesthetic process. Further, I offer an interpretation of vegetal aesthetics based on the Greek notion of aesthesis. I conclude with a series of fragmentary afterthoughts on my collaboration with French artist Anaïs Tondeur on Chernobyl Herbarium as a singular-universal paradigm for the traumatic, or post-traumatic, art of the damaged plants themselves.
Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Professor-at-Large in The Humanities Institute at Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile. His work spans the fields of phenomenology, environmental philosophy, and political thought. He is the author of numerous books, among them Energy Dreams (Of Actuality) (2017), Grafts. Writings on Plants (2016), Through Vegetal Being. Two Philosophical Perspectives (2016) (co-authored with Luce Irigaray), The Chernobyl Herbarium. Fragments of an Exploded Conscioiusness (2016) and Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (2013).