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International Research Projects (Completed)

Art, Science and Philosophy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico, research collaboration of Ingeborg Reichle with the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (María Antonia González Valerio) and the artist collective BIOS Ex machinA focusing on the ontological and aesthetic dimensions of BioArt as well as a new approach to the philosophy of the natural world. María Antonia González Valerio’s philosophy investigates the revival and reappraisal of historic natural philosophy. Her approach, which she calls “the ontology of immanence” engages above all with predominant traditions that seek to answer the question as to the essence of nature and its relationality either with reference to language or to history. In the twentieth century these lines of thought have resulted in nature being subsumed under culture, and this is why it has repeatedly been deemed necessary to try to close off and dislocate parts of nature. In recent decades the remnants of nature left over from the grasp of culture have tended to be made over to philosophical anthropology, which does not offer any solution to the philosophical issues involved. A revival and renewal of natural philosophy must engage with the recent findings of the technosciences and biotechnology and relate them theoretically to the novel aesthetic ontologies that now seek to interpret the world of sensate organisms (plants and animals including humans).

BioArt: Borders and Definitions, Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Greece, collaborative research of Ingeborg Reichle with Assimina Kaniari, Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Greece. The project „BioArt: Borders and definitions. Research project for the development of a widely accepted deontological framework of its production and management” was initiated by the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (TEI of Athens) and is coordinated by the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art in collaboration with researchers from the Panteion University of Athens and Columbia University (USA).