New Alphabet School #Feralizing

Curated in cooperation with Agata Kowalewska and Jacob Eriksen

Collaboration: Jack Halberstam, Nikita Kadan, AM Kanngieser, Ania Nowak i Joanna Rajkowska
Haus der Kulturen der Welt in cooperation with Biennale Warszawa

Feral is what was first changed by humans but is now beyond systems of control and escapes domestication. Ferality can be messy, unruly, the impure realm between the natural and artificial, between technology and imagination, science and art. Humans and nonhuman animals, ecologies, effects, processes, but also theories can be feral in this sense.

The feral state maintains a constant tension between violence and liberation. Marked by desperation, isolation and insecurity, it is rarely chosen outside of desolate circumstances and is often forced upon a person or being. Yet what is the current political, ecological and social situation if not desolate? With this in mind, we want to ask how can feralizing be used strategically as a liberating practice of carving a space for those who fit neither into the existing systems of control and progress nor the dream of a pristine wilderness fully independent of these systems.

For this edition of the New Alphabet School modern witches, artists, urban gardeners, storytellers and escapees explore these multidimensional spaces in lectures and workshops, inquiring how to address, create and use feral cartographies as liberating confusions. How can feral spirituality be practised when connections to certain traditions have been lost? How can we address feral phenomena that cannot be grasped in established categories? Is it possible to feralize one’s thoughts?