Artificial Natures
17-23 August 2015

Artificial Natures appear in a broad spectrum of scenographic representations in post-internet culture. Within the anthropocene discourse, nature is described as a system which integrates critical human interventions. Nature has lost its significance as the opposite of human technology. It is a hybrid of the two spheres. The relationship between technology and nature, and the dialectics between them, organized both concepts through a strong philosophical opposition. Since nature has become, by definition, artificial – produced, to a certain degree, consciously or otherwise by mankind – the architecture of its presence and its artificiality becomes a new matter for investigation. If nature is a lost object, its glorification in the post-internet era already necessitates a different relationship to it.

The breadth of human nostalgia and the ongoing effort artificially to bring back what has been permanently lost, is in the center of this workshop.

The KAM workshop of 2015 focuses on nature and Modernity, critiques on the borders between the natural and the human-made; video game environments experienced through avatars, techniques of reproduction, copying and synthesizing, assembling artificial natures for material or digital environments; fake mountains, rocks, trees, vegetation, lakes and gardens.

Program

The workshop takes place in the Grand Arsenal of Chania, from the 17th till the 23rd of August 2015. The program consists of daily studio and a series of talks.

Monday 17.8
Yannikos Vassiloulis, Editing Natures
Stavros Vergopoulos, Natural Systems and Design Processes

Tuesday 18.8
Evi Chantzi in conversation with Berlin based architects Allison Dring and Daniel Schwaag of Elegant Embellishments, Biomimicry in Architecture
Petros Moris, Notes on Recurrent Forms
Heike Schuppelius, The Anthropocene – an Artistical Approach

Wednesday 19.8
Ian Warner, Landscapes of Leisure as Systems of Exchange, or, How to Find the Wrong Horse
Jenny Rodenhouse, The Tornado is Staying but the Lightning Will Need to be Replaced
Mona Mahall & Asli Serbest, Natural Wifi

Thursday 20.8
Valentina Karga, On Waste and Planned Obsolescence
Elina Axioti, Against Nature
Juli Vlassi, Thoreau, English Gardens and Post‐internet Natural
Aristide Antonas, The Shelters of Spengler

Friday 21.8
Screening of Harun Farocki's Parallel
Courtesy of Harun Farocki GbR

Saturday 22.8
Discussion with Nikos Kalogirou

For more information, please visit the previous editions of KAM Workshops or contact us at kam.applications@gmail.com. For news and reference material on the workshop, check our updates on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Archive

KAM Workshops were initiated in 2002 as an investigation about "architecture in a local frame"; architecture could consider the local phenomena as opposed to the homogeneous post internet era. A site specific elaboration of the city’s "insignificant" places was the insisting practice of the first two workshops curated by Aristide Antonas, Filippos Oraiopoulos and Ζafos Χagoraris. The third one (Paradigmata) represented Greece for the 9th architecture Venice Biennale. The term κτιστό συμβάν (built event) was later introduced in order to determine a research area between a procedure and the procedure’s traces: a theatrical preparation of a procedure, a work of tracing, and the procedure’s results were considered as equally important parts of the same speculative description of "insignificant" places. Since 2010 the workshops deal with subjects related to contemporary academic discourses about architecture. The Bankruptcy of Architecture (2010) introduced this new phase of the workshops. Since then different curators directed the organization; Aristide Antonas and Yannis Stavrakakis (The Value of Garbage, 2011), Heike Schupelius, Stavros Vergopoulos and the Syndicate of Architecture (Mockups, 2014).

Participants in KAM Workshops 2002-2014: Christina Achtypi • Andreas Angelidakis • Antoinetta Angelidi • Katerini AntonakakiDimitris AntonakakisSuzana AntonakakiAristide Antonas • Katia Arfara • Orestis Argyropoulos • Yannis Arvanitis • Angeliki Avghitidou • Elina Axioti • Bouki BabalouAndrea BalestreroEthel Baraona PohlLoukas Bartatilas • Iro Bertaki • Vassilis Bourdakis • Shumon BasarMichele Brunello • Riccardo Caldura • Aris Cohen • Elias Constantopoulos • Kostas Daflos • Alexios Dallas • Dimitris Dimitriadis • Dimos Dimitriou • Μatteo GhidoniDimitris GourdoukisPieterjan GrandryDivercityPanos Dragonas • Yannis Filis • Floater magazine • Angelos Floros • Anita Hackethal • Kostas Hadjikyriakou • Harikleia Hari • Vilma Hastaoglou • Fotini Lazaridou-HatzigogaLily Hibbert • Dimitris Issaias • Platon Issaias • Manuel Jorant Briquette • Nadia Kalara • Apostolos KalfopoulosNikos KalogirouElina KaranastasiValentina KargaKERNELZissis KotionisAndreas KourkoulasPanos Kouros • Katerina Koutsogianni • Adrian Lahoud • Lamb and Lamp • Vassiliki Leontari • Eva Manidaki • Fotini Margariti • Giorgos Marnelakis • Petros Martinidis • Polixeni Matziou • Kostis Mavrakakis • Petros Moris • Thanassis Moutsopoulos • Βert De Μuynck • Nikos Navridis • Ioannis Oikonomou • Filippos Oreopoulos • Georgios Panetsos • Panayotis Pangalos • Kostis Panigiris • Konstantinos Pantazis • Georgios Papadopoulos • Lois Papadopoulos • Spiros Papadopoulos • Titi Papadopoulou • Eva Papamargariti • Christos Papoulias • Nikos Patsavos • Lukas Pauer • Vassiliki Petridou • Lili Pezanou • Petros Phokaides • Marios Phocas • Angelo Plessas • Dimitris Polychronopoulos • Nathalie Pozzi • Agapi Proimou • Panayiota Pyla • Point SupremeCaroline Raspé • Marianna Rentzou • Elpida Rikou • Alcystis Rodi • Lorenzo Romito • Rena Sakellaridou • Tassos Sakellaropoulos • Heike Schuppelius • Evi Sougkara • Eleni Spiridaki • Dimitris Stamatakis • Yannis Stavrakakis • Eva Stefani • Vassilis Stroumbakos • Vassiliea Stylianidou • Chrisanthi Sotiropoulou • Anastasios Tellios • Nikolas Travasaros • Dimitris Tsakalakis • Chrysostomos Tsimourdagkas • Yorgos Tzirtzilakis • Rea Valden • Aristomenis Varoudakis • Yannikos Vassiloulis • Stavros VergopoulosVangelis VlahosMichael VlassopoulosAriadne Vozani • Maria Vrontisi • Sophia VyzovitiZafos Xagoraris • Giorgos Xiropaidis • Pegy ZaliYannis ZavoleasEric Zimmerman

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