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The Neuhaus opening symposium brings together artists, designers, theorists, makers and more-than-human bodies who will set the tone of the academy by outlining the challenges and presenting the core themes, and thereby introduce the curriculum.

The full programme can be found here. Some of the confirmed speakers an performers were invited to partake in the Symposium through Het Nieuwe Instituut’s International Visitors Programme, including Erinma Ochu, Elaine Gan, Patricia MacCormack, Frederico Campagna and Elisa Yvelin.

Erinma Ochu

Squirrel Nation (Erinma Ochu and Caroline Ward) are an art-design studio who consider co-existence as an ethic, leading with intersectional, ecological practices spanning installation, moving image and event curation in a range of settings. Their research-orientated practice tunes into the harmonies, tensions and contradictions at the boundaries of nature, geobiology and technology to cultivate culture through different voices and spaces. Squirrel Nation were artists in residence with The Stuart Hall Library/Iniva and Jerwood Fellows at Manchester International Festival. The moderation of Neuhaus Symposium is undertaken by Squirrel Nation.

Elaine Gan

Elaine Gan is interested in mapping worlds otherwise. Her transdisciplinary practice combines methods from art, science, and digital/environmental humanities to study the timing and temporal coordinations of more-than-human socialities. Through writing, drawing, interactive media, and installation, Elaine explores historical materialisms and temporal coordinations that emerge between species, machines, and landscapes, with a particular interest in plants and fungi. Elaine teaches at New York University, Centre for Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement (NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science), where she also leads the Multispecies Worldbuilding Lab.

Patricia MacCormack

Patricia MacCormack is an interdisciplinary theorist and, among other things, a lecturer in continental philosophy, queer theory, posthumanist ethics and film sciences at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Patricia’s research is about queering as a vehicle that facilitates thinking ‘beyond man’ through art, ethics and nature, and to live together more empathically, as human and non-human beings.

Frederico Campagna

Federico Campagna is a philosopher and writer. Before moving to London in 2007 he spent more than twenty years in Milan, where he was active in the anarchist/autonomist networks and co-founded the street-poetry collective Eveline. In his latest work Technic and Magic Federico suggests an entirely new worldview and reintroduces non-Western mysticism and magic as an alternative way of shaping the world and life.

Elisa Yvelin

Elisa Yvelin works with performance and dance. Her research led her to look for translation frames to host channelling phenomena. She studied energetic practices, Reiki, Kundalini, auto-hypnosis and phenomenology. Within the context of the Neuhaus Symposium she takes on the role of mediator between lichens and the symbiotic organisms that humans consist of. Originally from France, she is based in Brussels, where she graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2010.