In episode 7, Rhubaba committee members Freya Yeates and Khadea Santi speak with co-founders of The Institute for Postnatural Studies, Gabriel Alonso and Yuri Tuma.
For this podcast, Gabriel and Yuri were invited to reflect upon ideas which informed their workshop sessions titled “Desirable Futures, Hybrid Bodies” produced for Rhubaba’s Care, Resistance…Joy! programme*. The discussion explores how acts of collective joy, listening and imagination can move us beyond staying within times of trouble in ecological crisis and toward actively disrupting the structures of power that maintain it. By positioning collective joy, and speculative-fiction, as forms of pleasure activism (Adrienne Maree Brown), we can work against the paralysis of survival and move towards something more like transformation, more like becoming with.
Image Credit: Rhubaba Gallery & Studios, Image from workshop Desirable Futures, Hybrid Bodies(13.06.22), 2022.
The ‘Institute for Postnatural Studies’ is a centre for artistic experimentation from which to explore and problematise postnature as a framework for contemporary creation. Founded in Madrid in 2020, it is conceived as a platform for critical thinking, a network that brings together artists and researchers concerned about the issues of the global ecological crisis through experimental formats of exchange and production of open knowledge. From a multidisciplinary approach, the Institute develops long-term research focused on issues such as ecology, coexistence, politics and territories. These lines of investigation take different shapes and formats, including seminars, exhibitions and residencies as spaces for academic and artistic experimentation.
In parallel, the Institute has created the publishing platform Cthulhu Books.
*Rhubaba’s Care, Resistance…Joy! programme, brings together artists and practitioners to explore joy as a radical practice for constructing better ways of living and working together. A response to collective grief and crisis, the project aims to provide a space for respite, reflection, and community; informed by Queer-Ecology and Decolonial thought, as well as legacies of collective action