Nature and Consciousness, Dialogue. From the left: Ulrike Draesner, Lukas Bärfuss
Nature and Consciousness, Dialogue. From the left: Ulrike Draesner, Lukas Bärfuss | © Isabel Machado Rios, Ruhrtriennale 2022

The images and names we create for nature are manifold and contradictory – and they are part of our culture. But what about the natural foundations of our consciousness?

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The cruel wilderness, the garden from which we were expelled, a vulnerable system that requires our protection; the images and names we create for nature are manifold and contradictory – and they are part of our culture. But what about the natural foundations of our consciousness? What are the ideas and propositions we can free ourselves from, and what place does the human brain have in nature’s system?

What are we talking about when we use the word »nature«? What shapes our image and our understanding of this so-called nature? We can find answers in that great store of human knowledge and experience: literature. Three evenings and three literary journeys through languages, through the centuries, through the continents. Read by the actors Angela Winkler, Sandra Hüller and Sarah Sandeh, accompanied by musicians and put into historical and literary context beforehand by Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with a range of experts, the evenings will approach three pairs of concepts that have shaped our past, concern our present and will determine our future.

Nature and Consciousness, Dialogue. Ulrike Draesner
Nature and Consciousness, Dialogue. Ulrike Draesner | © Isabel Machado Rios, Ruhrtriennale 2022
Nature and Consciousness, Reading. Malakoff Kowalski
Nature and Consciousness, Reading. Malakoff Kowalski | © Isabel Machado Rios, Ruhrtriennale 2022
Nature and Consciousness, Reading. Sarah Sandeh
Nature and Consciousness, Reading. Sarah Sandeh | © Isabel Machado Rios, Ruhrtriennale 2022
Nature and Consciousness, Reading. From the left: Malakoff Kowalski, Sarah Sandeh
Nature and Consciousness, Reading. From the left: Malakoff Kowalski, Sarah Sandeh | © Isabel Machado Rios, Ruhrtriennale 2022

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