Learning to speak with Earth

A series of events by and with ZONKEY (Angela Melitopoulos and Kerstin Schroedinger)
in the yurt on the Toten Mann in Alberndorf in the Pulkautal.

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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 eco-sophieised discussed and proposed by THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK is based on the philosophical, historical and artistic figure of the goddess (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)

Review Events Summer 2021!

Numerous projects and events were carried out in the summer of 2021. Short reviews of the individual projects can be found here:

Wasser Brunnenbohrung

Was die Pflanzen können Workshop

Humus. Das Erdengeschenk Workshop

Das Holundergedicht

Learning to speak with Earth 

Eco Flirt 

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Erde Werden – contribution Barbara Glowczewski (German Undertitle):

Matri Linear B – Surfacing Earth – (German Undertitle)
Matri Linear B – Surfacing Earth – (deutsche Untertitel)


The Dissident Goddesses ‘Network is not only for research and artistic production related to the history, economy and socio-political role of women. It also serves to create a sustainable network and to make the achievements of women in different fields of social relevance visible. The Dissident Goddesses ‘Network takes the great role models who are active worldwide in their respective framework and expresses its special appreciation for these people through their appointment as HONORARY GODDESS.


Elisabeth von Samsonow

The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network CORONA STATEMENT

The current crisis is a crisis of life. The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network views the current global situation from the perspective of a – not new – radical need for socio-ecological change and reorientation. In the present breathing, the conditioning, beauty and fragility of planetary existence becomes clear as rarely: this is the epiphany of Gaia. 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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