Even today, in our seemingly connected and in many ways scientifically explicable world, we are faced with the question of how uncertainties define us – as well as our relations with other creatures and forces that cohabit this world with us. In current times of insecurities, plots and treason, our world becomes a place in which future possibilities are still unevenly distributed. New and old forms of power arise that lure us into a familiar »horror,« banishing symbiosis and mutual care as frightening scenarios into a distant realm. But what could be the counternarratives and practices that help us embrace these uncertainties without fear and violence?
Instead of separating rationality with its »opaque« functioning technologies and non-rationality with its »questionable« magical practices – which can both fuel reactionary conspiracies but also function as emancipatory practice, we would like to explore the porous boundaries between those realms.
Using nonhuman knowledge, planetary, ancestral, and witchcraft practices, »Magical Cohabitations« will explore the miraculous – also of today’s science epistemology – as positive micropractices for change and new/old forms for gaining knowledge.
Combining the launch of the upcoming second volume of Solitude Journal titled »On the Occult and the Supernatural,« inputs by the Non/Post-Human Ecosystems of Knowledge-Working Group**, contributions by Web Residents, and early looks at works of current Akademie fellows, we aim to challenge the boundaries of contemporary science, glimpse into enchanted worlds, and excavate long-lost echoes in a series of readings, discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, divinatory prophecies, and radio podcasts.