Rewilding Curatorial Practice, lecture for eremuak's Naturak symposium, 17-19 October 2019, hosted by Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
eremuak's symposium around the notion of Naturak is an attempt to avoid reducing the chosen thematic focus to a song about certain simplifying attitudes on the inherent complexity of relationships between the human and non-human, the living and the inert, the artificial and the supposedly natural. Hence it is relevant to provide the root term of this plurality (the –k in naturak, or the –s in naturalezas), which allows to address diversity that is more in line with the reality of the art world and all of the natures that it produces or faces.
How to Talk to Birds? – lecture performance – WE ARE WOODS: About Plant Intelligence and Interspecies Communication, 26 – 28 July 2019, Czech Republic
The lecture performance was part of the events at the forest gathering with WOODS, Community for Cultivation, Theory and Art, near the village of Písečná, Ústí nad Orlicí, in the foothills of the Orlické Mountains, Czech Republic. Titled WE ARE WOODS: About Plant Intelligence and Interspecies Communication, artists, theorists, curators, sociologists, plant and star experts met, discussed, cooked, and shared time in a forest removed from agricultural use and devoted to the common exploration of our interconnected existence.
Forest Rangers – Ecological Commons, 14 January, 12 February, 12 March 2019, hosted by Jupiter Woods, London, UK
Forest Rangers is a platform focused on ecology(ies), ecosystems and their communities within the realm of art. Forest Rangers explores the current state of the commons and their possible future. With a particular focus on discussing the state of alternative art spaces, natural resources, education, open source economics and outer space migration, FR hopes to establish a comprehensible set of understandings and goals to nurture our common resources.
Worlds open inside a shell, 28 September 2018, Blitz, Valletta, Malta
For the closing event of her residency at Blitz, curator Borbála Soós creates an exhibition in a form of a talk. Bringing the audience on a journey evoking a series of existing and imagined spaces in Malta and on other similar islands, she flexibly opens up the mind to what a space of an exhibition could contain, expanding and contracting along the way.
SPACE Art+Technology, Here: After, Now, Next – Panel Discussion Chair, 31 May 2018, SPACE, London, UK
The panel discussion with former SPACE Art + Technology artists in residence explored the residency focused on emerging technologies, looking at how artists react and adapt to digital trends.
Publication launch and talk. The Attraction of the Mountains by Nicolás Lamas was published by Posture Editions, Saturday, 18 November 2017, P////AKT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The book launch coinciding with the opening of the artist's solo exhibition included a talk with Alejandro Alonso Díaz, Nicolás Lamas and Borbála Soós.
CONGLOMERATE, Screening and Launch of Block Four, followed by discussion moderated by Borbála Soós, Sunday, 15 October 2017, at Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
CONGLOMERATE is a collaborative Gesamtkunstwerk presented in the form of a television network. The project is realised by a core team of five Berlin-based artists and filmmakers: Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon.
Lecture on Mushrooms as Enablers, as part of Theory of Leaves, July 2017, organised by Emma (Veronica Valentini) in Offagna, Ancona, Italy
Looking at plants as model for collaboration among human and non-human spheres, the four-day programme aimed to generate a climate of knowledge through cohabitation, exploration, distributed and situated learning promoted by artistic and cultural production.
A realm where cause-and-effect no longer applies, 25 April, 2017, Autarkia, Vilnius, Lithuania
Mushrooms sprout to life even in the darkest conditions. Spores of inspiration spread on the breeze of science, awash in irrepressible fantasy. Tropical climates are ripe for fermentation. While the yeast ferments, the revolution foments. Look through the cellular membrane: nostalgia therapy. Simulation leads to stimulation. The mountain pulls away turbulent weather, leaving sunshine over the beach. Escapism is a fundamental aspect of human life and mental health. All options are the best options. Heaven is a Place on Earth...
Fungal Futures, 25 April 2017, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
In this lecture I presented my research on organisational structures in nature, including underground mushroom mycelium; slime mould intelligence and emergent behaviours; how bacteria can recognise one another and activate themselves upon reaching a critical mass; I talked about birds communication, and the bioluminescence of deep-sea creatures. Though entering the territory of fabulation, the lecture aimed to opens up our imagination to an interconnected world...
Rupert, Curatorial Residency, 1 until 30 April 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania
As part of the residency at Rupert my research focused on the organisational systems of fungi species, slime mould, plants and deep sea creatures in relation to social structures...
In Conversation with David Ferrando Giraut, 15 February 2017, SCAN Project Room, London, UK
Screening of 'Loss' by David Ferrando Giraut followed by an 'In Conversation' session between the artist and Borbala Soos, Director and Curator of Tenderpixel.
Biopolitics and the Urban Commons, as part of Techniques to Make You Doubt, 27-28 September 2016, Fluent, Santander, Spain
This lecture on ‘Biopolitics and the Urban Commons’ was part of ‘Techniques to Make You Doubt’, a two-day seminar at Fluent, Santander, Spain, specifically conceived for researchers, cultural practitioners and students from the MA in Visual Culture MNCARS Reina Sofia. Participants included Sonia Fernández Pan, Sabel Gavaldon, Hanna Laura Kaljo, João Laia, Fran Meana, Enough Room for Space, Borbala Soos, Jochen Volz and Benjamin Weil.