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Thematic Lines 2020–2023

Thematic Lines 2020–2023


The thematic fields of 2020-23 are formulated in resonance with some of today’s global concerns. Through our activities in Amsterdam these issues are further unpacked and articulated through local research practices.

Of all today’s crises the ecological one seems the most prominent and pressing – even when not explicitly addressed: it is there when designing spaces to live and work in; when creating Artificial Intelligence; and while dealing with pandemics; it is implicated in fighting for justice and equality; in imagining new economies, and in working on commons. It is entangled with the questions of how to do research, in what kind of collaborations, and to which aims.

Since the century of man and western ways of knowing caused the biggest harm to the world’s biosphere (Anthropocene), in many areas of society we see attention turning to other-than-human existence, to non-western and non-capitalistic bodies of knowledge, and to crossover collaborations; the realisation that we need to join forces, work cooperatively and in solidarity.

Below find a first outlines – in development – of three thematic fields ARIAS sees relevance in addressing through collaborative research in the next few years. More on this soon!

The Art of Listening to the Matter
Keywords: MICROPLASTICS, CLI-FI, NEW MATERIALISM, A.I. ALGES, SLIME, THE NEED FOR (WAYS OF) LISTENING, CARE.

Diving into Undercurrents
Keywords: BLOCKCHAIN, INSTITUTIONAL DRAMATURGIES, UNDERCOMMONS, MONEY LAB, ECOLOGY of PRACTICES, FISHING.

Living Learning
Keywords: POLITICAL MEMORY, LIVING PAST, ANARCHIVE, HERITAGE, POST/DE-COLONIALISM, CO-LIVING, VIRUS, QUEERING, STUDY.

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