The ethos of SymbioticA is that ideas are discussed and shared openly and the Friday Seminar Series is designed to allow an open forum to disseminate artistic, scientific, ethical and philosophical research and practice of resident researchers, visiting artists and scholars. Our Friday Seminar Series are held salon style, in our studio space and commence at 3:00pm on Fridays. These seminars are open to the public.
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1 October 2021
Speaker: Anna-Katharina Laboissière
Scientists are breeding “super coral” in the experimental breeding tanks of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, as breathlessly reported by articles covering recent marine conservation advances. While the term’s sensationalism is unwarranted, the selective breeding of heat- and acidity-resistant corals species – either by mixing genomes within one species or by attempting various hybridisations – marks a decided break with usual practices of marine conservation. This seminar will explore some of the implications of this form of assisted evolution, which goes beyond simulating the potentialities contained within abstract and abstracted experimental objects and intervenes into the social assemblages and temporal collaborations that may or may not sustain the survival of corals reefs – making and unmaking present and future time-scapes, in and outside the laboratory.
Anna-Katharina Laboissière recently obtained her PhD from the École Normale Supérieure and Curtin University, and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Faculty of Humanities of Curtin University. Her research explores the speculative, cosmopolitical and neoliberal aspects of conservationist interventions, and the transformation and recuperation of death and fallowness in contemporary scientific practices. Her current and upcoming work can be found at Cultural Studies Review, Cultural Anthropology, NebulX and Ohio University Press.