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Agustín Ortiz Herrera

The Colonial Garden. Deconstructing the Narratives of Modern Taxonomy

Friday 23, Saturday 24 October and Thursday 5 November, 2020

Naming nature and classifying it taxonomically in an effective manner was a priority for budding modern science during the Enlightenment. In its global epistemological conception, species of plants gathered during colonialist explorations were catalogued in honour of the white men of Western culture. At the same time, many of these plants started to be cultivated in city streets and gardens and the first botanical institutions were set up. During these sessions, we will be using queer/cuir strategies as a means to question the narratives accepted by the modern scientific construct, to gain insights into a decolonial narrative and to reveal the secrets of species of plants such as Sparrmannia, Washingtonia and Tulbaghia.

Activity 1
Friday 23 October 2020 at 6.00 pm
Urban Route around the streets of Poblenou
Ortiz Herrera invites us to join him on a tour that aims to bring to light forgotten episodes in the development of botanical knowledge during the modern project while experimenting with queer/cuir confrontation strategies.

Meeting place to be confirmed. Participants will be notified.
Activity limited to 20 people

Advance booking essential: lacapella@bcn.cat

Activity 2
Saturday 24 October 2020 at 11.30 am
Guided tour of the Barcelona Botanical Gardens
During this second dérive, historical events will be explained using a methodology of situated knowledge that exposes the scale of the strategy of the cabinet of curiosities in botanical gardens.

Meeting place to be confirmed. Participants will be notified.
Activity limited to 20 people

Advance booking essential: lacapella@bcn.cat


Activity 3
Thursday 5 November 2020 at 6.00 pm
Modern Nature: a tribute to Derek Jarman
Group reading and discussion of Derek Jarman’s book Modern Nature. We will also be talking about Jarman’s film The Garden (1990) and his design for his garden at Prospect Cottage in the south-east of England.

Activity limited to 40 people
Advance booking: https://forms.gle/4MQQXy72SwBxpV6V7
Organised by: Hangar. With the support of Caja Negra Editorial.


These sessions are co-produced with Hangar and are being held as part of the “Fictions of Dis-order” programme of the research and knowledge transfer division.
 

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