Initiated by ISTANBUL'74, you can now listen to a series of conversations between some of the world’s most talented and creative minds, including talks from IST. Arts and Culture Festival on ’74PODCAST.
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URBAN NATURE - Episode 3: Susanna Hecht and Gabriel Kozlowski
In this episode of URBAN NATURE, Geographer and Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA Susanna Hecht and Gabriel Kozlowski discuss the Amazon region through the lenses of political ecology. Hecht offers a panorama of the major transformations the region went through over the last century from both a local and global perspective. In the process, she emphasizes the need to break with the idea of the Amazon as a frontier, as well as with the intellectual divide between nature and culture.
In the third episode, our guest is Susanna Hecht. Professor Hecht is a specialist on tropical development in Latin America, especially the Amazon Basin and Central America. Her research focuses on the political economies of development ranging from corporate frontiers of cattle and export commodity agriculture (like soy, and oil palm) to populist land occupation. She also studies their comparative environmental and social impacts. She also explores alternatives to destructive development and analyzes the forms of conservation in inhabited landscapes whether through indigenous technologies, non-timber extractive products, niche markets as well as new tenurial forms (such as extractive reserves), social movements and globalization, including the role of remittances and migratory networks in reshaping rural land uses. The impacts of emerging green markets and greenhouse gas offsets for smaller-scale farmers also form part of her research concerns.
As one of the founders of the analytic approach known as Political Ecology, Dr Hecht has been engaged in understanding the theoretical and institutional dynamics that underpin deforestation and its alternatives.
“That ideology of frontier is the ideology of conquest, and it doesn't reflect reality. It's a discursive way of creating a boundary. So what it does is that the frontier basically says there's no real civilization. On the other side of this. We are the civilization, and we'll just come to the frontier. We'll change the way it integrates into the world through our systems.” —Susanna Hecht, Geographer, Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA
A '74PODCAST Series, URBAN NATURE is hosted by Gabriel Kozlowski, Brazilian architect and curator working on urbanization from the perspective of political ecology. The Series presents guests from a diverse set of disciplines—including Anthropology, Biology, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Theory, Geography, Architecture, and the Arts, among others—that have been reflecting on the relationship between humans and nature.
The episode was recorded on Zoom in July 2022.
Produced by ISTANBUL'74.
URBAN NATURE - Episode 2: Verena Conley and Gabriel Kozlowski
In this episode of URBAN NATURE, cultural and critical theorist Verena Conley and Gabriel Kozlowski talk about ecology in the context of culture and philosophy while discussing its connection to care ethics, feminism, and materialism. Conley argues that our survival depends on realizing a more direct connection with animals, plants and other life forms that share the same ecosystems with us.
On the second episode, our guest is Verena Andermatt Conley. Verena is a cultural and critical theorist who has been teaching at Harvard since 1996 in Comparative Literature, and Romance Languages and Literature. She writes on current dilemmas in the natural and urban environments and her publications include among many Ecopolitics: The Environment in Poststructuralist Theory (1997), Spatial Ecologies: Urban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory (2012) and Rethinking Technologies (1993-1997). She also has just finished On Care: A Plea for Etho-Ecology (2022). Verena is an affiliate of the Harvard University Committee for the Environment and an associate of the Harvard Urban Mellon Initiative.
"We have to do some rethinking of matter not as dead as it was assumed to be, but matter that is everywhere. Explore the liveliness of matter and see how the implications are, how the relationship is between humans and nature, animal, plants and the environment. Explore a way of a new alliance and rethink these boundaries." -Verena Conley
A '74PODCAST Series, URBAN NATURE is hosted by Gabriel Kozlowski, Brazilian architect and curator working on urbanization from the perspective of political ecology. The Series presents guests from a diverse set of disciplines—including Anthropology, Biology, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Theory, Geography, Architecture, the Arts, among others—that have been reflecting on the relationship between humans and nature.
Episode recorded on Zoom in April 2022.
Produced by ISTANBUL'74.
URBAN NATURE - Episode 1: Emanuele Coccia and Gabriel Kozlowski
In this episode of URBAN NATURE, Emanuele Coccia and Gabriel Kozlowski talk about the relationship of ecology with economy and politics, both in history and in the present. Coccia argues that we call natural environment is a form of artifact, artificially produced by living beings, and that the solution to our future is a spatial one, as a form of new modes of cohabitation between species.
Welcome to the first episode of URBAN NATURE, hosted by Gabriel Kozlowski, Brazilian architect and curator working on urbanization from the perspective of political ecology. The Series presents guests from a diverse set of disciplines—including Anthropology, Biology, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Theory, Geography, Architecture, the Arts, among others—that have been reflecting on the relationship between humans and nature.
The first guest to inaugurate the series is Emanuele Coccia, a philosopher with interest spanning from ecology to arts and fashion. Coccia has a background in agricultural sciences. When he first got exposed to botany, chemistry and biology, the influence of which becomes evident in some of his philosophical works is he's the author of The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture (2018) and Metamorphosis (2021). He is currently working on a book on the history of ecology.
"We forget that ecology and economy are twin sisters. In the sense that they are sciences that share the same name—remember: ecology starts as "economy of nature"—, they share the same concepts, the same epistemological frameworks, and the same metaphors. (…) for instance, the metaphor of invisible hand that produces an order, a balance, was present from the start in both ecology and economy." -Emanuele Coccia
Episode recorded on Zoom in March 2022.
Produced by ISTANBUL'74.
"MÜJDE" Özel Bölüm - Alin Taşçıyan moderatörlüğünde Alphan Eşeli ve Lale Mansur
‘74PODCAST’in yeni bölümünde, 16 Mart’ta MUBI’de dünya prömiyerini yapan, Alphan Eşeli imzalı drama film MÜJDE’yi ele alıyoruz. Film eleştirmeni, yazar ve FIPRESCI Genel Sekreter Yardımcısı Alin Taşçıyan moderatörlüğünde, yönetmen Alphan Eşeli ve filmin başrolü Lale Mansur katılımıyla gerçekleşen podcast bölümü tüm mecralarda yayında.
"Bir Bakış Açısı Olarak Sürdürülebilirlik" - Bölüm #4: Kıvılcım Pınar Kocabıyık ve Sinem Çelik
Bir Bakış Açısı Olarak Sürdürülebilirlik '74PODCAST serisinin dördüncü bölümünde, Sinem Çelik, Yuvam Dünya Derneği Kurucusu ve KAGİDER Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi Kıvılcım Pınar Kocabıyık ile iklim aktivizmi, toplumsal cinsiyet eşitliği ve kadının fark yaratan gücü üzerine sohbet ediyor.
"How Can We All Make it into the Future?" - Episode #49: Oğuz Öner in conversation with Gabriel Kozlowski
In this episode, Cultural and Artistic Events Coordinator at Koç University, the Artistic Programmer of Sevgi Gönül Kültür Merkezi, sound artist Oğuz Öner talks to the architect and curator Gabriel Kozlowski about his relationship with music and sounds. He discusses various definitions of noise and silence, his first solo single Silence Wide, which he defines as “a poetic journey and a blast of emotions” as well as his upcoming projects. *This episode has been recorded in late May 2021.