Nature – A Night School


(a public program in the middle of nature, on the modern transformation of nature into Nature)

(with Timothy Morton, Raafat Majzoub, Isabelle Stengers, Fabrizio Terranova, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Cord Riechelmann and a public reading of Xenofeminism)

In the frame of Parkdesign2016 Aleppo opens a temporary night program titled Nature – Distilling nature into Nature between September 6th and 9th. Modernity did not only set the division between nature and culture: it brought a transformation of nature into Nature, an objectifed, idealized and fxed image. Starting from this perspective the program of this imaginary school takes place in the park, not in the attempt to reconcile nature and culture, but rather to blur the solidity of these two categories. Through a series of lectures by guest-speakers, reading groups, screenings and performances, this late–summer night school opens a public refection on the birth of the modern idea of Nature and its domesticated use as a myth in conservative politics, to eventually propose a further one; as Laboria Cuboniks states in the recent manifesto, «Nature shall no longer be a refuge of injustice, or a basis for any political justifcation whatsoever! If nature is unjust, change nature!».

Conceived by Aleppo
Produced by ParkDesign and Aleppo
in collaboration with Goethe Institut Brussels and WorkSpace Brussels.
Project manager: Michelangelo Miccolis.