Speculative Ecology: Dark Botany

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Speculative Ecology: Dark Botany

Two-day in-person Masterclass by Pinar Yoldas

By Tasmeem 2022, Radical Futures

When and where

Date and time

March 9, 2022 · 9am - March 10, 2022 · 12pm +03


VCUarts Qatar Room 255 Doha, Al Rayyan Municipality Qatar

About this event

Two-day virtual Masterclass by Pinar Yoldas (intradisciplinary designer/artist/researcher)

  • 9th March & 10th March 2022, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Room 255
  • Upon Registration Only

In his 1999 book The Sun, the Genome and the Internet, British polymath Freeman Dyson proposed a genetically altered forest to speed up rapid carbon capture. While some found it disturbing, many others considered Dyson’s proposal as an attractive solution for excessive CO2 emissions. Pinar Yoldas will conduct a workshop on Dark Botany, a speculative multimedia installation with elements of bio-art that imagines Dyson’s altered forest is possible with a compound called dark chlorophyll. The workshop is essentially a Speculative Ecology workshop decorated with examples from the history of art and science. Participants will be able to learn how to conduct artistic research, organize ideas, use imagination and execute proposals using design tools.

Participants are required to bring their own laptops and drawing tools.

This event is an in-person event for the VCUarts Qatar community only.

About the organizer

The 2022 conference Radical Futures addresses the role of design in shaping the future. Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures is an inclusive and multi-faceted view of the future, one that not only speculates on technological advancements—but on future threats and changes whether environmental, geographical, cultural, or social. Now more than ever, we must ask pertinent questions, raise critical dialogues, and respond with clarity.

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