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On become earthlings explores practices in shrinking and expanding the human in order to better understand the Anthropocene. Following a series of preparatory research, this investigation has been initiated in 2015 as part of the production of the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge no.18, and will continue up until 2017. This essay brings together the documentation of previous events. The main issues of this inquiry are summarized in the concept written by Alexander Klose and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.

Research group (ongoing)

  • Alexander Klose
  • Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
  • Laurens Otto

This inquiry has been initiated by

  • Le Musée de l'Homme

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  • one of the many representations of the Dyson sphere, an astro-engineering project described in 1960 which proposes the dismantling the Earth to build a sphere of artificial and hollow matter, located around a star and designed to capture almost all of its emitted energy.

is a curator and cultural theorist focussing on materials and materialities. His book The Container Principle - How a Box Changes the Way We Think has recently been published by the MIT press. Before working for the 18th Blackmarket in Paris, he spent five years as a researcher, developer and administrator in the program department of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an independent curator and art critic. She curated projects at the Moderna galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), transmediale and HKW (Berlin), Sursock Museum (Beirut, forthcoming), and in France at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France. Between 2010 and 2012, she was Co-Director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She is a co-organiser of the seminar "Something you should know" at EHESS, Paris, and a member of the research group Travelling Féministe, at Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. She is the editor of the online platform of L’Internationale Online of the museums' confederation L’Internationale.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

worked with the artist Renzo Martens for the Institute for Human Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014 he received the price for young art criticism in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18: On becoming earthlings

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2013

  • Preliminary research (San Francisco)

30 MARCH 2014

  • Conversation 'Art and Resilience' (Brussels)

19-24 MARCH 2015

  • Preliminary research (Dhaka)

21 NOVEMBER 2016

  • Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge (Paris)

is a curator and cultural theorist focussing on materials and materialities. His book The Container Principle - How a Box Changes the Way We Think has recently been published by the MIT press. Before working for the 18th Blackmarket in Paris, he spent five years as a researcher, developer and administrator in the program department of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an independent curator and art critic. She curated projects at the Moderna galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), transmediale and HKW (Berlin), Sursock Museum (Beirut, forthcoming), and in France at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France. Between 2010 and 2012, she was Co-Director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She is a co-organiser of the seminar "Something you should know" at EHESS, Paris, and a member of the research group Travelling Féministe, at Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. She is the editor of the online platform of L’Internationale Online of the museums' confederation L’Internationale.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

worked with the artist Renzo Martens for the Institute for Human Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014 he received the price for young art criticism in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18: On becoming earthlings

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