A project in three stages:
Igniting Fantasy – Reading the Earth – Epiphany of the Goddess

THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK is a project by scientists and artists based at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. It takes as its starting point the Venus figures found in Lower Austria and re-visits them in an interdisciplinary context, as a way of tackling the challenge of future-oriented ecological thinking. In an archaeological, biological and geological sense, the Earth is a deep repository that is today divided up between geochemistry, geophysics and agriculture with a focus on profit. History is tied to the Earth’s capacity and productivity.

THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK engages the notion of GODDESS in order to articulate an ecological turn that is not envisaged only in terms of technology, but which also combines intellect, society and environment. Opposing a purely technocratic model of energy and climate policy – precisely the problem of the first ecological stage in the 1970s – THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK introduces new concepts of subjectivity: the Earth subject, the Goddess subject and the Nature subject.

The “Gaiasophy” or ecosophy developed and proposed by THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK draws upon the figure of the goddess in philosophy, history and art (as dea natura, natura naturans, dea materia, Dea Mater or Demeter, anima mundi). Where they have previously been closely tied to commodities by the industrial and capitalist world, the structures of desire are now reformulated through the goddess, aiming to shift the focus of current politics and economy as if by a magnet. (Elisabeth von Samsonow)

Speech by curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein

Opening: Löss- Eine Frau in der Landschaft, Museum of Natural History, Vienna

When the museum reopens on Wednesday, May 20th, you will also be able to visit Löss – Eine Frau in der Landschaft. In the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, this exhibition brings to our minds the utopia of a post-Anthropocene, in which tomorrow could be different from today – and must be different from today.

Like tightrope walkers, here we are, poised over the abyss of what is possible. We must pace out the extremes. – In Elisabeth Samsonow’s artistic practice, this grammar of walking is transformed by a continuous, radical experimental method of going too far, of overstepping, to become a form of resistance, a direct method of developing history.


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Elisabeth von Samsonow

The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network CORONA STATEMENT

The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network views the current global situation from the perspective of a – not new – radical need for socio-ecological change and reorientation. The current crisis is a crisis of life. During this period of deep exhaling, the current condition and fragility of planetary existence has become manifest. It is the time for Gaia’s epiphany. This paper addresses all of us, the survivors, the „people of Gaia“ (Bruno Latour and Gilles Deleuze/ Felix Guattari), and is dedicated to those who passed away and will pass away during this pandemic.

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To share with Kids – by Federica Matta

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