26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A More-Than-Human World
Workshop and a guided walk around Jihlava
As human animals, we have numerous creaturely skills -- multiple ways of opening our senses, attuning and aligning ourselves with other animals, plants, and the elemental terrain that surrounds and sustains us. Yet contemporary civilization has largely forgotten these skills, refusing our inclusion within the more-than-human collective, insisting that humankind is largely exempt from natural processes. In the course of this workshop, two renowned authors – biologist Andreas Weber and sensory ecologist David Abram – will bring their unique insights into conversation with one another and with the cityscape of Ji Hlava, offering a few ways to recalibrate our intelligence and our nervous systems in relation to the animate earth.
Cultural ecologist and philosopher and founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He is best known for his work bridging the philosophical tradition of phenomenology with environmental and ecological issues. David is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-human World . His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of ecological disarray have appeared in a number of publications and anthologies. Abram coined the phrase “the more-than-human world” as a way of referring to earthly nature, a term that has become a key phrase within the lingua franca of the broad ecological movement.
Biologist, philosopher and writer. He teaches at Leuphana University and at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. His work is focusing on re-evaluation of our understanding of the living. He proposes understanding organisms as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. In his 2019 book Enlivenment. Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene he presents an alternative understanding of our relationship with nature, arguing not that humans control nature but that humans and nature exist united in mutual transformation.
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