THE GARDEN: Nature Is not Natural. AIDS, Collectivity, Radioactivity


Tue, 2021/07/27

Talk: Marc Siegel in conversation with Heather Davis (digital) on the queer legacies of plastic.

Nature Is not Natural. AIDS, Collectivity, Radioactivity - Marc Siegel and international guests critically return to the local contexts of Derek Jarman's work and his film "The Garden" (1990) to work out their relevance to a contemporary global situation. The discussions take us from AIDS to COVID; from a threatening nuclear power plant hovering over queer performances taking place in and around a beautiful, barren garden, to the environmental disaster that is a dangerous horizon of our present; and from collectivity around AIDS activism to collaboration and collectivity in art and activism today. The discussions will take place in the bar of Betonhalle. Live visitors are also welcome.

Marc Siegel is Professor of Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research focuses on queer studies and experimental film. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He is co-founder of the Berlin-based artists' collective CHEAP and a Member of the Academy of World Cultures in Cologne.

Heather Davis is an assistant professor of Culture and Media at the New School. She is the co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments, and Epistemologies and editor of Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada.



Some notes on the event:

  • Please use the online ticket sale. All data registered online or on site will be stored for four weeks for contact tracing and then destroyed.
  • It is necessary to wear a medical or FFP2 mask in all areas (can be removed at the seating area during the event), to keep distance to other people at all times (at least 1.5 metres), to wash or disinfect your hands regularly and to only sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm.
  • No daily negative test is necessary.
  • Please pay attention to signposting, indications and routing.
  • The Betonhalle has a mechanical ventilation system with continuous fresh air volume flow.  
  • Visitors with symptoms of a cold and those who have had contact with a person suffering from COVID-19 in the last 14 days are asked to stay at home for their own protection and that of others. Guests with recognisable symptoms of a respiratory infection and those who are unwilling to engage with our precautions will unfortunately have to be asked to leave.
  • We recommend using the federal government's Corona-Warn-App.

7.30 pm
Free admission; prior ticket booking and registration online necessary

The talk will be in English and will also be live-streamed via YouTube