Enacting Ecological Aesthetics

/ Events: Seminar

Madina Tlostanova in conversation with Dulmini Perera

Double bind, Decoloniality, the Question of Aesthetics

In this session we will reflect on intersections and interstices between Bateson`s ecology of the mind and decoloniality with a special focus on the echoing yet different concepts of the double bind and differential or border consciousness.  

These issues are directly linked to the onto-epistemic processes of sensing-knowing-making and therefore to decolonizing aesthetics through aesthesis, crucial for reimagining design of/by the South. 

In the second part (Q&A session) we also look forward to expanding the discussion on the relationship between questions of aesthetics and decoloniality in relation to design/ architecture/artistic research and methods. As such we warmly welcome  researchers, graduate students, and others who may have specific questions regarding their research/practices to join us.

All Interested are welcome!


Madina Tlostanova (2017). How to Disengage from the Coloniality of Perception. In: Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48445-7_2

Bateson, Gregory (1972). Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology. University of Chicago Press.

Bateson, Mary C. (2005). „The Double Bind: Pathology and Creativity.“ Cybernetics & Human Knowing 12, no. 1-2. 11-21.

Madina Tlostanova (2017). On decolonizing design, Design Philosophy Papers, 15:1, 51-61, DOI: 10.1080/14487136.2017.1301017

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Venue: Zoom

Date: 04 March 2024, 18.00-19.30 CET

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvcuirqjkpH9SDRwXlCmoaPHagFOb8p_K