DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE /
Down the Rabbit Hole is a series of online conversations curated by UMA, which aims to foster a direct dialogue with international scholars and artists about a specific topic from their research. Down the Rabbit Hole started in June 2021 with a conversation with Sophie Lewis and we are now resuming the series with regular events and a diverse range of guests who will delve with us into some of the most compelling topics of our contemporaneity.
PLAY > NOV 17th 2021- "HYPERSPACE - A DELICIOUS, SPARKLING CREAM": TOWARD A NEW PARADIGM OF DEMOCRACY, QUEERNESS, AND BEAUTY
Online conversation with Timothy Morton
November 17th 2021 / 21h (PT) / 16h (EST)
In 2021 several multibillionaires flew beyond the Earth's atmosphere, confirming the great investment from private corporations in space tourism and exploration. In their hot-off-the-press book Spacecraft, Timothy Morton revisits some of the most iconic characters and objects from sci-fi cinema and from our space imaginary (take the Millennium Falcon, for example), to rescue (hyper)space from several common places and predominant cultural narratives, and to think through its liquid, democratic, and queer potencialities.
In this conversation with the author of Hyperobjects, Dark Ecology and Humankind, we will talk about different objects such as circlusion versus penetration, spacecraft, utopia, garbage, black holes, and non-patriarchal bodies.
NEXT > JAN 19th 2022 - RE-IMAGINING THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
Online conversation with João Pedro Cachopo
January 19th 2022 / 21h (PT) / 16h (EST)
In this conversation, João Pedro Cachopo will evoke his last book to pose the following hypothesis: the pandemic itself wasn't the event. The event, which was hastened by the combination of preventive isolation and the exacerbated use of digital technologies, was the "twisting of the senses" through which we feel close or distant from everything that surrounds us. Among these senses there is love, traveling, studying, community, and art. Through this hypothesis, which is also an existential provocation and an epistemic detour, João Pedro Cachopo will approach many of the questions that the coronavirus crisis has brought to the table. In what ways is the pandemic context transforming our lives? How can we position ourselves ethically, politically, and artistically toward these transformations? When it comes to the consequences of this health emergency - especially those that result from the growing digital revolution - we are acting subjects in this event but also subjected to it.
To sign up: 5€ / please fill in the sign up form form until January 12th.
PREVIOUSLY > 8 de JUN 21 - AMNIOTÉCNICA EM TEMPOS DE CORONA?
Conversa online com Sophie Lewis
8 de junho 2021 / 21h (PT) / 16h (EST)
De que forma é que a pandemia de Covid-19 nos permitiu vislumbrar perspectivas radicais relativamente a questões de justiça reprodutiva, emergência nos cuidados de saúde em contexto capitalista, ecologia, e o agregado familiar privado e nuclear? Nesta palestra online seguida de discussão com o público, Sophie Lewis irá interagir com uma seleção de obras de arte proposta pela UMA para abordar estas questões levantadas durante 2020, recorrendo também ao seu conceito de camaradagem aquosa, "amniotécnica".
Sophie Lewis vive em Filadélfia e ensina cursos de curta duração (abertos a todos) sobre feminismo, para o Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Escreve crítica cinematográfica, análise ecológica, teoria queer e ensaios psicadélicos sobre cyborgs, sexo e cefalópodes. É doutorada em Geografia Humana e formada em Literatura, com mestrados em Ciência Política e Política Ambiental. O seu primeiro livro chama-se Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family. Sophie está no Patreon e no Twitter (@reproutopia).