Mediating
the Ecological
Imperative

SNSF Sinergia 2021 – 2024
2022, June 22-24
5th Swiss Congress for Art History, Session: "The Ecological Imperative – Presentness and Speculation in the Arts" (Submission deadline: 18 June 2021)

The 5th Swiss Congress for Art History will be held in Zurich from 22 to 24 June 2022. Organized jointly by the Swiss Association of Art Historians (VKKS) and the Institute for Art History of the University of Zurich (Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Zürich), the Congress is aimed at art historians, art researchers and experts from all fields (including both practice and theory), and all institutions.

Fall term 2021 (dates to be announced)
Artist Encounters

The work of artists is essential for the mediation and communication of ecological interdependencies: in pointing out and criticizing problematic conditions and phenomena as well as in actively intervening in environment-related discourses or even in directly engaging the environment itself. By means of images, materialities or scenarios, the artistic techniques of the present are able to fill gaps between scientific implications and social transformations with creative processes. The artists' agency takes a central role in addressing the comprehensive ecological challenges of our time.

This series is generously sponsored by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

2021, May 29
Keynote by Prof. Dr. Peter J. Schneemann on "Fragmentarische Erinnerungen an eine Kunstgeschichte der Dekonstruktion. Anmerkungen zu den Versuchungen des Ganzen" (in German)

Colloque suisse de la revèle en histoire de l'art / Nachwuchskolloquium für Kunstgeschichte in der Schweiz 2021, Department of Art History and Archeology, University of Fribourg

2021, May 27
"Green Deal in the Art Field", Schwarzes Café, Löwenbräukunst Zurich

Roundtable with Dr. Toni Hildebrandt (SNSF Mediating the Ecological Imperative), Markus Reymann (Director of the TBA21–Academy, Venice), Mareike  Dittmer (Director of Public Engagement, TBA21–Academy, Venice) and Karin Zindel (Co-Leitung Geschäftsstelle Dossier Nachhaltigkeit, ZHdK), Moderation: Dr. Gabrielle Schaad, Co-Curator Le Foyer – in Process.

Spring term 2021
An interdisciplinary lecture series on "Contamination. A Critical Vocabulary of Modernity" took place as a co-organized series of the Departments of Modern and Contemporary Art History, American Studies and Social Anthropology.

Speakers included Darcy Alexandra (Social Anthropology, Bern), Andrea Bordoli (Social Anthropology, Bern), Claus Beisbart (Philosophy, Bern), Alice Gustson (Art History, Bern), Toni Hildebrandt (Art History, Bern), Petra Tjitske Kalshoven (Anthropology, Manchester), Peter Krieger (Art History, Mexico City), Deborah Madsen (American Literature, Geneva), Gabriele Rippl (North American Literature and Culture, Bern), Jonathan Sarfin (North American Literature, Bern), Michaela Schäuble (Social Anthropology, Bern), Peter Schneemann (Art History, Bern), as well as an artist lecture by Minerva Cuervas (Mexico City).

2021, April 22–23
Keynote by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl at the Symposium "Kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit lernen und lehren"

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl will give a Keynote (in German) at the Symposium “Kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit lernen und lehren”, Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich.

2020, November 27–28
International Workshop "The Ecological Imperative", University of Bern (digital)

With contributions by Hannah Baader, Toni Hildebrandt, Peter Krieger, Ursula Kluwick, Michi Knecht, Virginia Richter, Gabriele Rippl, Michaela Schäuble, Peter J. Schneemann, Ursula Ströbele, Hubert Zapf and a Keynote by Christof Mauch (Director, Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich).

2020, June 28th
Digital Conference: Beyond the Anthropocene: Ecological Wisdom in Art

Tsinghua Arts and Design Institute in Milan, Prof. Dr. Peter Krieger on “Aesthetics and Ecology – Research Concepts”

2020, June 26th
Media Relations

Interview (German) with cPI Prof. Dr. Peter J. Schneemann, Institute of Art History, University of Bern