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Tales of nature and creation

Mountains, volcanoes, craters, lichen, bacteria, fungi, rivers and seas are the source of inspiration for creators who, with their work, advocate other ways of telling stories and highlight the multiple species of a planet wounded by the climatic emergency.

Robert Macfarlane and Gabi Martínez

The Story of the Fire and the Ice

Robert Macfarlane, a world reference of nature writing, speaks with Gabi Martínez, promotor of the idea of Liternatura, on how to construct a new story about nature, one that draws attention to the importance of looking after marginal spaces and biodiversity when faced with the greyness of the Anthropocene.

Donna Haraway and Vinciane Despret

Companion Species

On the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition “Science Friction” and the screening of the audiovisual piece Camille & Ulysse, by Diana Toucedo, the philosophers Donna Haraway and Vinciane Despret will speak about how to construct stories that weave new alliances between humans and the rest of the living species in a planet headed for an uncertain future.

Lichen

Maria Arnal, María Sánchez, Irene Solà

A story of fish and nature, of drought and reservoirs, of stones and voices, based on the words of Donna Haraway.

Nature

Bruno Latour and Gerard Ortín Castellví

Where can we find the border separating what is natural from what is not? Does this border exist? What marks the difference between what we call natural and what we call cultural or human? Culture and nature: there is no way to escape this moral opposition, this inseparable pair which seems to distinguish between what is good and what is bad.

Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer

Messengers from Space

Werner Herzog returns to Kosmopolis to speak with the volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer about the third documentary they have made together, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, an inquiry into the cultural significance of meteorites, the impact their craters have had on humanity, and everything science has been able to learn about them.

Thinking Like an Octopus

Maria Ptqk

Several artists in the "Science Friction" exhibition tell us about their relationship with scientific knowledge and how they incorporate it into their creative strategies. Their voices, alongside other reference points in the exhibition, open up possible paths on the long journey of interaction between species.

Gabi Martínez

A True Change

The writer Gabi Martínez, who is considered to be one of the most outstanding figures of Spanish fiction, speaks about our relationship with nature on the occasion of forthcoming the publication of his latest book Un cambio de verdad (A True Change, Seix Barral 2020).

Yayo Herrero & Marta Tafalla

The voices of nature

In a conversation moderated by the journalist Pilar Sampietro, the anthropologist Yayo Herrero, a well-known figure in ecofeminism,  speaks with Marta Tafalla, lecturer in Philosophy, about the need to call for an ecologist and animalist aesthetics that will enable us to become reconciled with Earth and the creatures that inhabit it.

Philip Hoare

The Sea as a Border

In this lecture, the writer Philip Hoare departs from the notion of the sea as a border, and reflects on the hope it offers migrants, the terror it brings and how the whale is freighted with all the meanings underlying our separation from natural world.

Nancy Campbell and Alicia Kopf

Thoughts from the Cold

The poet and artist Nancy Campbell speaks with the writer Alicia Kopf about her fascination with the Arctic world and with the landscapes of cold, which are now so threatened by the climate emergency.

Paolo Cognetti:

A Place in the World

Paolo Cognetti, author of the book Les vuit muntanyes (Navona, 2018 / Las ocho montañas, Literatura Random House, 2018), awarded with the 2017 Strega Prize, vindicates the recovery of the narrow bond between humanity and nature. 

Kosmopolis Radio: Literature of the change

Climate change is also a literary genre: climate fiction is a branch of fiction that now has its own genealogy, in which authors write on the future of the planet from dystopias and the Anthropocene. From J.G. Ballard to Susan Gaines, Margaret Atwood to Kim Stainley Robinson, we review in a new podcast this literature of a speculative nature and talk about global warming with Sol Solà, President of Greenpeace España.

La costilla de Rocío

An action-concert by Rocío Márquez and Manuel León

The award-winning cantaora and student of flamenco traditions Rocío Márquez takes the stage like a magician to reveal the voice of the Anthropocene in an action-concert that the CCCB presents as part of the exhibition “After the end of the world”.