Špela Petrič is a Ljubljana and Amsterdam based new media artist who has been trained in the natural sciences and holds a PhD in biology, currently working as a post-doc researcher at the Smart Hybrid Forms Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her artistic practice combines the natural sciences, wet biomedia practices, performance, and critically examines the limits of anthropocentrism via multi-species endeavours. She envisions artistic experiments that enact strange relations to reveal the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of our (bio)technological societies. Her work revolves around the reconstruction and re-appropriation of scientific methodology in the context of cultural phenomena, while working towards an egalitarian and critical discourse between the professional and public spheres. Petrič received several awards, such as the White Aphroid for outstanding artistic achievement (Slovenia), the Bioart and Design Award (Netherlands), and an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica (Austria). (source: Špela Petrič)
In this podcast, Marjolein Pijnappels explores how the interspecies narratives created by Špela, push the boundaries of established frameworks.
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00:00:00 Introduction / 00:02:00 Non-humanness / 00:06:00 Plant personhood / 00:08:00 Spectrum of affection /00:10:00 Individuality in plants / 00:13:00 Metabolism, meaning and molecules / 00:16:00 Plant poetry and discrimination / 00:22:00 Making narratives / 00:26:00 Outro