[ISEA2023] Paper: Paul Rosero Contreras — The Revolution Will Launch in the Garden: Politics of representation and vegetal intellig(senti)ence


Full Paper. Theme Non-human – Post-human Agency Subtheme Symbiotic Imaginaries

This paper describes entanglements between human and non-human actants from the perspective of creativity, interdependence and contemporary anthropology. Drawing from experiments on self representation and swaps from object to subject of study, the author reflects on the potential of the vegetal world and distinct forms of intelligence to propose a subversive anti – anthropocentric view in a planet terraformed by plants and other beings.

  • Paul Rosero Contreras (ES/US) is a multimedia artist working with speculative realism, scientific information and fictional narratives. His body of work intertwines distinct epistemologies, ranging from indigenous thinking to the history of science. It explores topics related to geopolitics, interspecies reciprocity, environmental issues and experimentation on future sustainable settings. Rosero holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts – CalArts and a Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Spain. His work has received different prizes and grants, and it has been displayed widely at venues and events such as the 57th Venice Biennale, ZKM in Germany, Musee Quai Branly in Paris, MAAT in Portugal, Instituto Cervantes in Rome, Museo de Historia de Zaragoza, 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art, the 1st. Antarctic Biennale, H2 Center, Augsburg, 11th. and 15th. Cuenca Biennale, 1st. and 2nd. Bienal Sur in Buenos Aires, at Siggraph in Los Angeles, among other spaces. Currently, Rosero teaches and conducts research at San Francisco de Quito University.