Public defense of doctoral thesis: Luis Berríos-Negrón

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15 September 2020 at 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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Greenhouses, colonial memories and global warming – Luis Berríos-Negrón, PhD student at Konstfack and KTH, defends his doctoral thesis.

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Breathtaking Greenhouse Parastructures: a supplement to the Arcades Project from a Caribbean Perspective [and a call for a careful practice of epistemológica]

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Subject area: Art, Technology and Design

Doctoral candidate: Luis Berríos-Negrón (Konstfack/KTH )

Chair: KTD co-director, Associate Professor Meike Schalk (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, KTH)

Opponent: Professor Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Weißensee Kunst-Hochschule)

Jury: Professors Martín Ávila (Konstfack), Marcia Cavalcante (Södertörns högskola), Sabine Höhler (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, KTH), Nina Möntmann (Univ. zu Köln), and Ulrich Schurr (Jülich Forschungszentrum)

Supervisors: Professor Leif Dahlberg (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, KTH), Professor Håkan Nilsson (Södertörns högskola), Professor Florian Dombois (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste)

Breathtaking Greenhouse Parastructures is a doctoral work that supplements the unfinished modern opus The Arcades Project [Das Passagen-Werk (Mit Bindestrich und Werk mit Capital W)]. The supplement takes the form of a sculptural, historical, and technological deposition of ‘greenhouse’ that presently oscillates between a past-background and future-foreground to Walter Benjamin's ‘theatrical’ handling of the Parisian arcades. From my Caribbean perspective, that oscillating treatment of ‘greenhouse’ affords me a prop from which to activate the following question: is colonial memory the drive of Global Warming? That core question has led me to retrospectively hypothesise that the technology of ‘greenhouse’ is—beyond metaphor—the illusory (dis)embodiment of the toxic binaries of interior & exterior that are still shaping various influential frameworks such as the modern & Marxian ideas of superstructure, as well as the past & future of Western natural sciences (and their histories). Because of that illusory, spectral, if paranormal power, ‘greenhouse’ becomes at once the Western colonial enframing to both the messianic promise for conserving biological history, as well as the messianic remedy to suppress the traumæ that are destining Global Warming. Also, because of that potent (dis)embodied character, the robust analysis of the manifold instrumentalisation of ‘greenhouse’ is set to play a primary role in deposing the geological timeline of the Anthropocene. Now, while the book-supplement is itself the dissertation (as an unpacking of the aforementioned hypothetical findings), the PhD also relies on two other research devices that are worth mentioning: an installation (titled Anarquivo Negantrópico), and an online journal (titled Intransitive Journal). Altogether, the dissertation offers a field from which to asses my broader experimentation with infrastructures, epistemic things, and social pedestals. Moreover, the dissertation revises the so-called forgotten list of ‘Epistemologica’ (the categorical of Western display preparations and phenomenotechnologies) so to format my study and practice into an adaptable, careful, and differentiated kind of epistemológica…a careful study and practice that we may share as object-relations that proportionately (dis)play more-than-human perspectives for (re)mediating the forms and forces of the climate crises.

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Doctoral Programme in Art, Technology and Design