Symposium Night

Deep listening, poetry readings, performance and more,



18.08 at 3pm - 4pm

Iceprint performance – artistic experiments with melting ice

The abstract man made climate changes gets up close and personal when the ice melts in front of your eyes in the Hardy Brix’s Iceprint performances.

Dyed ice is placed on watercolor paper, the ice melts, the water evaporates and the leftover pigment settles onto the paper in strange and unpredictable patterns. Hardy developed the technique on his travels to Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica amongst others, where the ice is melting these years due to man made climate changes.

The prints will be exhibited together with other works from Hardy Brix's travels, August 25. - 27.  in the Project Room, Kalkværksvej 7,   12 pm - 17pm.

Hardy Brix (1951) is an artist educated from Aarhus Art Academy. He has his studio at Kalkværksvej 7. He works with painting, watercolors and print and since the 1980’s he has had several solo and group shows.


19.08 at 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Deep listening – The sound of the world

Using the themes of the exhibition as point of departure musician Morten Svenstrup will facilitate a deep listening session in the form of musical meditation and collective concert. Through music and attentive listening you will be able to experience the Anthropocene with your body and senses when musician Morten Svenstrup guides the participants in a workshop where the relationship between man and nature is examined through a very special musical experience. We will become aware that we, as humans, are animals, too, that we are listening beings. We will become aware of the great acceleration, which is a part of our time, in our bodies, and we will rediscover a more balanced tempo.

Deep listening draws on religious and spiritual traditions and is in itself a powerful praxis based on the participants senses – listening, memories and presence. Come and experience how we as people are intertwined with the world around us and be introduced to Deep Listening exercises, that is inspired by traditions such as Qigong, Sonic Meditation and dream-work.

Morten Svenstrup is a practicing musician and holds a certificate in Deep Listening from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He has released a number of compositions and has amongst other things composed music for and played the cello in the internationally acclaimed band Under Byen.


23.08 at 4.30pm - 6.15pm

Poetic perspectives on the Anthropocene

In the last few years we have seen a reemergence of poetry about nature, and many younger writers relate their work to the global ecological crisis we are in today. This night will feature readings with the poets Liv Sejrbo Lidegaard and Theis Ørntoft, following a debate with that will be moderated by literary critic at Politiken Kizaja Ulrikke Routhe-Mogensen.

What conceptions about a new nature, about time and place and shared life can be found in contemporary literature? What is the relationship between realism and imagination, between knowledge and vision and between dystopia and utopia in these two poets ways of writing about nature in the man made era? Can it lead to new artistic reflection when literature begins to look at the world in a new way? Is writing poetry about nature political today? In short: What does the poetic perspective on the Anthropocene look like?

Liv Sejrbo Lidegaard (1986) released her first collection of poetry Fælleden (The Commons) in 2015, in it she deals with the space between the city and nature and how we share and destroy possible worlds.

“giving each other water / walking slowly in a flock / understanding as much as we can / fighting against our death / just look at the flamingos taking off / not like us, thinking we are small deities / thinking we can take care of our selves / that doesn’t make any sense”


Theis Ørntoft (1984) released his first collection of poetry Yeahsuiten (The Yeah Suite) i 2009. Theis Ørntoft works with music, too, and together with the poet Lars Skinnebach he started the band Klimakrisen. In 2014 Theis Ørntoft released the post apocalyptic collection of poetry Digte 2014 (Poems 2014) where the future state of the Earth is being dealt with.

”Every time I’m not distracting myself with meaningless activities / I think about the apocalypse / every time someone expresses hope for the existing / I feel physically ill. / Let us sit here in the dusk and wait / for the revolution to catch us.”

Kizaja Ulrikke Routhe-Mogensen is a literature critic at Politiken.


30.08 at 4.30pm – 7.30pm                                          – climate friendly wok food included

Sustainability and hope in the Anthropocene

What is the Anthropocene, why are we in the middle of an environmental crisis and how can the future transform into something less bleak? Listen to professor Finn Arler and associate professor Mickey Gjerris present different angles on the essential questions, and following discuss with each other and with the audience. The event will end with a climate friendly culinary leftover wok dish served and presented by the famous food counselor and writer Lise Faurchou Hastrup.

About the presentations:

Sustainability in the Anthropocene by professor Finn Arler

Human’s influence on the planet is now so severe that geologists are beginning to talk about the Anthropocene era. This presentation will deal with some of the major changes that humans are causing – or are beginning to cause – and discuss what that might mean for our understanding of the term sustainability.

Finn Arler is a professor in sustainability, innovation and politics at Aalborg University. He is the former head of the department of Human Ecology and is now heading up the department for practical ethics. Amongst many other things he has done work on biodiversity, culture and ethics and has published numerous publications and articles. 

Hope in a hopeless time – climate changes, ethics and hope                                   by associate professor Mickey Gjerris

Climate changes are already affecting humans and nature negatively. We are presented by an enormous challenge. Nonetheless there are clear signs that we have up even before we got started. Society is still blindly steering after economic growth. This presentation discusses the science behind the terrifying predictions and shows how ethics, view of nature and religion can help create hope and courage to act.

Mickey Gjerris is a writer and lecturer; he is educated in theology and is an associate professor in bioethics at Copenhagen University. His research deals with the ethical aspects of human’s relationship to nature, concepts about nature, environmental and animal ethics and existential questions about the different understandings of “the good life”. From 2011-16 he was a member of the Ethical Counsel.


01.09 at 5pm – 6.30pm, or-as-long-as-you-want-to stick-around

The biodiversity crisis – On forgotten nature, space on Earth and insects as the protein source of the future

Nature doesn’t have enough space, it’s squeezed by human activities and our production of food and animals and plants disappear at a disturbing rate. And yet it is everywhere, nature, and it finds it way around us and develops as soon as there is the slightest possibility for it. It is necessary to change our view on what nature is and how we use the space on earth that we share with other species, not least in the light of the growing global population.

This afternoon features presentations by biologist Lars Brøndum from Rethink Urban Habitat, about the “forgotten nature” and man made landscapes. Then the Aarhus-based project ENORM will present a presentation about insects as the protein source of the future with taste samples from the insect menu. ENORM wishes to spread the message about insect as an animal protein source and make it easy for the consumer to get a bite of the future.

Lars Brøndum is a biologist and project manager at Rethink Urban Habitats. The vision for the Rethink Urban Habitats project is a city richer in life. A city that gives the same feelings as the first real spring day: Nature lives and we are part of it! Rethink Urban Habitats has the simple purpose of increasing urban biodiversity!

The project is about reconsidering the city as a habitat - not just for humans, but also for animals and plants. For biodiversity! For species, such as Denmark, the EU and the UN, have undertaken to ensure decline by 2020.


Insects are the protein source of the future. They must be a part of our food because they are environmentally friendly and climate-friendly, healthy and taste good. ENORM is working to develop a series of foods with insects.

ENORM wishes to spread the message about insect benefits as an animal protein source and make it easy for the consumer to get a bit of the future. The good story must be told so we can get more to eat insects. Thus we can break down the cultural barrier to see them as part of our food. In the long term, insects must be included as an ingredient for the production of food.

The vision is to substitute large parts of the more environmentally harmful protein sources from, for example, red meat with proteins from insects.

We are keeping the exhibition open so everyone can hang out in the house’s own mini bar and get a tour in the exhibition. 



Practical info

Where: Kalværksvej 7, Sydhavnen, Århus

When: 14.08 – 02.09

Free Admission