A proposition by Émilie Notéris
In 2015, Paris will be hosting the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), from November 30th to December. The festival Eco-Queer taking place in Bourges definitely fits in this Paris Climat 2015 context.
Programming proposes a set of interventions focusing on narrative, creative, theoretical, and environmental changes.
In her late essay Flying over London (1950), Virginia Woolf substantially chronicled a flight over London, and the way this distance from Earth did consequently modify her perception of the World, just as the first pictures of our planet viewed from space in 1972 did subvert our vision, raised a feeling of a global responsibility. She recounts her fictive trip with precision and emotion until the plane lands. To tell the truth, there had been no flight. It is not possible these days to act as if there had been no flight, as if we did not know what kind of responsibility we were holding, and the distance we need to keep with the sole economic and material interests it implies.
Therefore, we suggest a theoretical and narrative take-off, so then we won’t be able to complain afterwards that there had been no flight.
The term Anthropocene (impacts of significant human activities on Earth) as a geological era, requests a re-characterisation and an environment sensitive and theoretical critic, even though the neologism has not been approved yet by the UISG scientific committee, meeting in Cap in 2016.
Feminism indeed did bring a lot to ecology through ecofeminist works, but surpassing Mother Earth could be considered via queer theory, tracing its path disrupting genres markers as well as Nature’s. The queerisation of ecology initiates a re-centering on being rather than on having, allowing to wonder about human nature and about proliferation of new human natures, under the form of narratives as far as we’re concerned.
Trying to keep a distance with simple paranoiac assessments and with resignations as effects of a renouncement, we are deliberately placing ourselves in the space of narratives creation, in the production of gestures and pictures narrations. We question the process of transformation, mutation and fictive creations able to compose a world that would not separate beings and things.
Helen Hester and Katrina Burch, members of Laboria Cuboniks collective, both authors of the Manifeste xénoféministe, (Xenofeminist Manifesto) will deliver a lecture entitled ‘(Re)producing Futures without Reproductive Futurity: Xenofeminist Ecologies’ ; Alice Carabédian will propose an immersion in Iain Banks work in a lecture entitled: « ‘Destin Susceptible De Changement’. Une expérience des autres mondes à partir du Cycle de la Culture d’Iain M. Banks » ((Subject to Change Destiny. An Other worlds experience from IAIN Banks Culture Cycle); performer artist Sarah Trouche working on the body as a political and sociological convertor, imagined a performance entitled The Protagonist ; film director and aerospace engineer Silvia Casalino will present her movie No Gravity.