Un-Greening Green: Materials – Metaphors – Media – Misunderstandings

The first interdisciplinary (OU)VERT symposium in Copenhagen takes place on May 19th 2017 from 9.00-18.00 in the historical auditorium of the Medical Museion. Philosophers, artists, art historians, science and technology scholars, researchers from the natural and the medical sciences confront positions inherent in the pervasive greenness trope and debate contradictions emerging with its migration across different knowledge cultures.

As a collaboration between the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the event is supported by Goethe-Institut Dänemark, the Institut Français, the Department of Arts and Cultural StudiesMedical Museion, the Section for Science Communication of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic research (CBMR), Kulturværftet/The Culture Yard Helsingør, and OU/VERT Association 1901 Paris.

The event will be continued with a special performance by the artist group HeHe at the CLICK Festival within the festival's theme 'Quirky Ecologies' in Helsingør on May 20 and 21.

You can download the conference poster here.

Participation in the conference is free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis. No registration required.

The contributions will be recorded, and the videos made available online after the symposium.

Speakers and Time Table

Abstracts and speakers' biographies are uploaded here.

Arrival and Coffee

Ken Arnold
and Adam Bencard - Welcome address
Medical Museion

Jens Hauser - Toward Greenness Studies
University of Copenhagen, Department of Arts & Cultural Studies/Medical Museion

Frederik Stjernfelt - 
Green War Banners in Copenhagen:  A Recent Political Struggle over Interpretation
Aalborg University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Communication and Psychology

Coffee Break & Book Presentation 'Man Made Clouds' by HeHe

Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen - Green: An Industrial Colour
HeHe Paris

Jacob Wamberg - Green, Brown, Red: Coloring Nature in Art from a Big History Perspective
Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture, Art History

Lunch Break (map with optional food locations will be provided)

Judith van der Elst - Contemplating Greenness
AsTheCRoW & Machine Wilderness, Amsterdam

Timon Beyes - Coulour is as Colour does: Green and Social Ordering
Leuphana University Lüneburg & Copenhagen Business School

Morten Søndergaard & Sebastian Bülow - Chlorophobia: The Medium in the Void 
Aalborg University, School of Communication, Art & Technology 

Coffee Break & demonstration of Søndergaard & Bülow's experimental green chroma key device 

David Pantalony - Green: The Colour of Medecine
Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa

Špela Petrič - Biological Technicity and its Broken Rules of Engagement
Kapelica Gallery Ljubljana & Waag Society Amsterdam

Lucie Strecker - 'Green Sounds?’ A Stage for a Tree Audience: Artistic Research on Tree Acoustics, Performance Art and Scenography
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Art & Science Department

Coffee Break & Book Presentation Becoming plant-witch-machine, premiered at Click festival on 20.5.2017

Natasha Myers - Fomenting Plant/People Conspiracies to Root into the Planthroposcene 
York University, Department of Anthropology

Timothy Morton - Belonging to the Biosphere: Why Ecology beyond Green Requires a New Kind of Holism
Rice University, Department of English, Houston

Closing Remarks



Dehlia Hannah
Arizona State University, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Performative Painting by Anders Bojen and Kristoffer Ørum

Quirky Ecology Action ‘Radiant Tree’ by HeHe at CLICK FESTIVAL, Helsingør, 20. & 21.5.2017


Jens Hauser
University of Copenhagen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies/Medical Museion