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Simon Starling, Ferhat Taylan: ‘Mesopolitics underlines how human and non-human relations have already been thought, way before our noisy concept of the Anthropocene’
‘Mesopolitics underlines how human and non-human relations have already been thought, way before our noisy concept of the Anthropocene’
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Simon Starling, Ferhat Taylan

‘Mesopolitics underlines how human and non-human relations have already been thought, way before our noisy concept of the Anthropocene’
In conversation with Simon Starling and Ferhat Taylan

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  • contemporary art
  • ecology
  • global ecology
  • art theory

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Simon Starling

lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation. In his work in a wide variety of media (film, installation, photography) he explores the histories of art and design, scientific discoveries, and global economic and ecological issues, among other subjects. He represented Scotland at the 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003) and was awarded the 2005 Turner Prize for his work Shedboatshed. Between 2003 and 2013 he taught as Professor of Fine Arts at the St delschule in Frankfurt am Main. His work was shown in solo shows worldwide, amongst others at Villa Arson in Nice, France, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Basel, at Mass MOCA in North Adams, USA; at Tate Britain in London, at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, and at MUMA in Melbourne, and is represented in major international collections, including Astrup Fearnley Collection; Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasglow; Tate Modern, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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Ferhat Taylan

is postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the University of Li ge within the context of the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS). The focus of his research lies on the modern categories of environmental knowledge and their implication in social policies. His PhD thesis explored the French notion of ‘milieu’ as well as its ramifications in social sciences and politics, published 2018 by Editions de la Sorbonne as Mésopolitique. Connaître, théoriser, gouverner les milieux de vie (1750–1900). He is author of an essay on historical epistemology, Concepts et rationalités. Héritages de l'épistémologie historique de Meyerson à Foucault (Editions Matériologiques, 2018). Furthermore Taylan has taught philosophy of environment at the Nanterre University and science studies at Sciences Po in Paris.
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Marietta Kesting (ed.), Maria Muhle (ed.), ...: Hybrid Ecologies

The notion of ecology not only figures centrally in current debates around climate change, but also traverses contemporary discourses in the arts, the humanities, and the social and techno sciences. In its present reformulation it refers to the multi-layered and multi-dimensional nexus of reciprocities between living processes, technological and media practices, i.e. to the complex relations of human and nonhuman agents. The book Hybrid Ecologies understands ecology as an ambivalent notion, whose multivalence opens up new fields of action and yet, thanks precisely to this openness and vast applicability, at the same time raises questions not least concerning its genealogy. The interdisciplinary contributions seek to explore the political and social effects that a rethinking of community in ecological and thus also in biopolitical terms may provoke, and which consequences the contemporary notion of ecology might entail for artistic and design practices in particular. The present publication is the result of the fifth annual program of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, which was conceived in cooperation with the Chair of Philosophy | Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.