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Strange Nature, or the Flourishing of the Ten Thousand Things


    • , 18:00-19:30
  • Gallery

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As the global ecological crisis, the return of fascism in many places of the world, the persistence of the repression of women, sexual, racial, class and other minorities on a global scale persist, there is an absolute necessity for scholars, activists, and artists today to “face the trouble.” This talk will read across a selection of texts of the past and try to answer such pressing questions as: How to live at once with our difference and shared struggle? How to think our complicity with those we most resist? And ultimately, how to sustain the flourishing of the ten thousand things despite all this?

The talk is followed by a conversation with visual culture and media scholar Francesca Tarocco.    

In English with Chinese interpretation.

In conjunction with Goldenrod, an exhibition by ZHENG Bo.  


Goldenrod and its related events are presented as the first season of The (Invisible) Garden, a two-year artistic research program that inquires into the garden as a method that shapes our understanding of Nature and our relationships to other species. For four seasons, from Fall 2019 through Spring 2021, the ICA at NYU Shanghai will present artists, thinkers, and practitioners, through exhibitions, events, and a publication, to consider the garden and ask how might we denature Nature?


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