The Corona Essays

COVID-19 can't stop STRP!

In these strange and uncertain times, we are all looking for information. Search online for facts and you are guaranteed to feel overwhelmed, lost and distressed in no time. Too much divergent information, too many contradictory facts and opinions. Fake news spreads fast. The infodemic is enough to make your head spin. We believe that there is a huge need for context, reflection and contemplation. We have therefore asked eight curious thinkers, already involved in STRP projects, to write an essay about COVID-19 and Post-Anthropocene thinking.

From 2 April onwards we will publish two new essays every day on our website and social media. We welcome you to share these essays on every possible platform. We would love to hear your thoughts too, so please share them on our socials.

The writers of the STRP corona essays are: Philosopher and writer of Dark Ecology Timothy Morton, philosopher Pius Mosima, curator of the Van Abbemuseum Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide & ‘climate justice creative’ and media consultant Suzanne Dhaliwal, archaeologist and ‘Dr. Space Junk’ Alice Gorman, Marshmallow Laser Feast designer Ersin Han Ersin, writers of Radical Botany Antonia Szabrezi & Natania Meeker, sociologist and writer Ruben Jacobs and artist duo and ACT award winners Leo Fidjeland & Linnea Våglund (Nonhuman Nonsense)

The Corona Essays Writers:

Alice Gorman

Archaeologist Alice Gorman, AKA ‘Dr. Space Junk’, is specialized in orbital debris like deserted tracking stations and abandoned launching and landing strips.

In her book ‘Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archeology and the Future’, Alice delves deeper into the traces she encounters not only in space but also here on Earth. From broken zippers, intertwined around an out-of-order space antenna, to the American flag, prominently planted on our moon; her discoveries always raise interesting questions. Why did Elon Musk’s red Tesla have to go into space?

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Nonhuman Nonsense

Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund are Nonhuman Nonsense. Driven by research, the design duo explores the boundaries between art, science, technology, and philosophy. They create fairy-tale-like scenarios from the near future that lies somewhere between utopia and dystopia. By naming and testing political and ethical issues, the duo challenges the existing structures of power and creates space in our field of experience for other entities alongside humans.

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Ruben Jacobs

Ruben Jacobs is a writer and sociologist. In his latest book, "Artonauts: on an expedition in the Anthropocene," Jacobs explores how artists use science and technology to re-examine our relationship with Earth. At the moment he is working on a book about a world beyond growth.
In times of crisis and great tragedy, Ruben sees opportunities. Jacobs about the “enforced slow down experiment” that is coronavirus: “This is and will be a time of great tragedy, of economic, social and physical suffering. One that will above all show how vulnerable and unsustainable our current economy and way of living is. But it is also an opportunity. An opportunity to seize this tragedy, this forced slow down experiment, to do what had to happen anyway: free ourselves from an unsustainable lifestyle.”

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Pius Mosima

Pius Mosima is a philosopher from Cameroon. He deals with African and intercultural philosophy, globalization, traditions, politics and management, civil society, gender studies, culture, and identity. At the moment he is researching what the (Western) world can learn from African wisdoms.

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Timothy Morton

Timothy Morton (philosopher and professor at the Rice University in Houston, USA) is concerned with the question of how humans relate to ecology. 12.500 years ago, we divided the world into nature and culture, into man and animal, with man in the leading role. This way of thinking in terms of boundaries and species, also known as anthropocentrism, must change because humans, animals, and things are interwoven, according to Morton. We are all symbiotic beings that are intertwined with other symbiotic beings.

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Ersin Han Ersin

Ersin Han Ersin is an artist, director and creative director of London based experiential studio Marshmallow Laser Feast. Ersin’s art practice combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and mixed reality.

His work illuminates the hidden natural forces that surround us, inviting participants to navigate with a sensory perception beyond their daily experience. In these spaces, the known physical world is removed to reveal networks, processes and systems that are at once sublime, underpinned by research, and fundamental to life on Earth.

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Antónia Szabari & Natania Meeker

Antónia Szabrari and Natania Meeker co-wrote the book, ‘Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction’, excavating a tradition in which plants participate in the effort to imagine new worlds and envision new futures. According to both professors, the recognition of the liveliness and animation of plants has mobilized speculative creation in both fiction, film, and art.

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Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide & Suzanne Dhaliwal

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide is exhibitions curator at Van Abbemuseum. Her interests lie in diverse intersecting perspectives – institutional, trans-local, feminist, queer, intersectional, and modes that decentre the oppressor in practices of freedom and liberation – to influence art institutional practices.

Suzanne is an artist, activist and campaigner, working on climate justice, indigenous rights and mining issues, listed as one of the most popular voices on the Environment in 2018 by the Evening Standard. She is founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which has worked for over a decade to campaign against corporations and financial institutions invested in the highly polluting Alberta Tar Sands. Suzanne has led high impact campaigns to shift the insurance sector from underwriting coal and tar sands projects & artistic interventions to highlight environmental injustice in the Niger Delta, Gulf Coast and the Arctic. She has been working to amplify the voices of indigenous delegations at the international climate negotiations and centre the voices of Indigenous, Black and POC voices in the climate movement internationally. She currently works as an artist, producer-writer, lecturer, anti-oppression trainer and research fellow at the University of Brighton examining race, media, art and climate justice.

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