April 28, 2009, 11:12 am
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Biorama II will explore the biology of the underground through the notion of ‘umwelt’ developed by Jakob von Uexküll (1864 – 1944) and its influence on the development of biosemiotics by Thomas Sebeok (1920 – 2001). Uexküll’s Umwelt and Sebeok’s biosemiotics explore the relationships of organisms with their environment, the information systems they contain and the production, action and interpretation of signs in the biological realm.

Using the underground of caves and mines and the organic life they contain as a form of parallel terrestrial biology, we develop a ‘parallel science’ through the study of extreme and/or ‘removed lifeforms’ and through the science of astrobiology. Biorama II will explore a rich contextual and conceptual background against which to investigate some of the outer (or inner) limits of terrestrial biology and strategies for life. Framing itself as a platform for exploring these and related imaginaries – via literary luminaries, various heretics and other visionaries of the underworld and the potential of life (immanent, alien, emergent and other) Biorama II will stage a series of discussions, workshops and expeditions (to the centre of the earth) which will serve to examine how organisms living independently of sunlight develop a sensory and informatic relationship with their strange environments.

Following on from the highly successful and well received Biorama which took place at and around the University of Huddersfield and the Digital Research Unit in July 2007, we will be staging Biorama2 in late June this year.

Venue and speakers are still to be confirmed, but this event will be another mix of interesting and challenging discussion from artists and scientists, live sound performance, workshop activities and getting wet and muddy in the wild Yorkshire nature.


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