Becoming Common

Roundtable, Science, Roma

17.05.2023 H16:30-19:00
18.05.2023 H10:30-12:00
I Pomeriggi series


Roundtable, Science

17.05.2023 H16:30-19:00
18.05.2023 H10:30-12:00
I Pomeriggi series


The event includes one day of panels with experts at Istituto Svizzero (via Liguria 20) and an on site visit at the Lago Bullicante Ex-SNIA the day after. It will be held in English.
Register for 17.05.2023 at Istituto Svizzero here.
Register for the visit on 18.05.2023 here.

I pomeriggi series 
I pomeriggi at Istituto Svizzero is a series dedicated to our Fellows. It is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the projects they are working on during this year’s residency.

The event is curated by Marie Petersmann (Roma Calling 2022/2023).

Becoming Common – Ecological Resistance, Refusal, Reparation

The event brings together artists, activists and scholars from the humanities to address three interrelated questions: How can collective action be rethought and practiced without or beyond the liberal, individualist and racialised category of the ‘human’ subject? How do collectives composed of more-than- (or less-than-) ‘humans’ act to resist and repair endemic ecological harms? And how do such collectives stand in relation to or against the law as such? This transdisciplinary event explores new forms of ecological resistance, modes of commoning, and politics of refusal that activate distinct registers of ecological reparation and care.


Wednesday 17.05.2023

H16:30-16:40 – Maria Böhmer, Institutional greetings
Marie Petersmann, Introduction and presentation of the participants

H16:40-16:50 – Matilda ArvidssonOn Gardens of the Anthropocene: Gendered Violence, Colonial Legal Enclosures, and Feminist Posthuman Kinship

H16:50-17:00 – Presentation of the documentaries The Spark (about the Zone-à-Défendre (ZAD) in Notre-Dame-Des-Landes) and Subterranea (on eco-anxiety and emotional care) by filmmaker Valeria Mazzucchi

H17:00-17:20 – Q&A

H17:20-17:30 – Presentation of the agroecological movement ‘Mondeggi Bene Comune‘ by Andrea Ghelfi

H17:30-17:40 – Presentation of the ‘Lago Bullicante’ in Rome by Giulia Fiocca & Lorenzo Romito (Stalker collective) 

H17:40-18:00 – Q&A

H18:00-18:45 – Presentation & screening of the film Holobiont Society by artist Dominique Koch

H18:45-19:00 – Q&A

H19:00 – Aperitif

Thursday 18.05.2023

H10:30-12:00 – Meeting at the Lago Bullicante Ex-SNIA (Via di Portonaccio 230) for an on-site visit, presentation & discussion of the ‘insurgent lake’ of Rome with Forum Territoriale Parco delle Energie.


Matilda Arvidsson (Gothenburg University) is Associate Professor of International Law and Assistant Senior Lecturer of Jurisprudence at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Her interests are interdisciplinary and include AI and law, legal theory, international law, posthumanism and technology, as well as the embodiment of law in its various forms and in inter-species relations. Apart from her scholarly publications, Dr. Matilda Arvidsson has published poetry and creative non-fiction.

Giulia Fiocca is an architect, independent researcher, activist, lecturer with Lorenzo Romito in Public Art, NABA Rome and at the Master in Environmental Humanities, Roma Tre University (since 2016). She deals with urban and social transformations related to marginal communities, abandoned spaces, self-organisation practices, since 2006 with Stalker in Rome. Co-founder of PrimaveraRomana (2009-2013), SUN, School of Nomadic Urbanism (since 2017) and NoWorking space (since 2016).

Andrea Ghelfi (University of Florence) is a Researcher in Environmental Sociology based at the Department of Political & Social Sciences at the University of Florence. Andrea combines his research on ecological thought and emergent materialisms with an empirical attention to ecological practices and movements. He recently published a book called La Condizione Ecologica on the topics of ecological reparation, agroecology, and commons.

Dominique Koch is a Basel and Paris based visual artist, understanding her works as ‘thinking laboratories’ that merge different fields of research resulting in hybrid entanglements and surprising intellectual encounters. Solo exhibitions include MASI Lugano, CAN—Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Rinomina Paris, Centre culturel suisse Paris. Her works won several awards and were presented in various group exhibitions at, among others, Tinguely Museum Basel, CCCB Barcelona, Azkuna Zentroa Bilbao, Istituto Svizzero, Rome, Lagos Biennial II, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Swissnex San Francisco, Kunsthalle Basel, EKKM Tallinn, Copenhagen Contemporary, and Kunsthalle Mainz. Dominique Koch was a resident at La Becque in 2022.

Valeria Mazzucchi is an Italian filmmaker. She holds an MA in international law from the University of Geneva, with a specialisation in international environmental law. She directed several documentaries related to social and environmental issues broadcasted on national televisions and presented at various international film festivals including Visions du Réel, Ji.hlava Film Festival, DocLisboa and CineAmbiente. Her current research focuses on new narratives around human and nonhuman relations.

Marie Petersmann (Tilburg University) is Senior Researcher at Tilburg Law School (Netherlands), where she carries out her NWO-funded project Anthropocene Legalities: Reconfiguring Legal Relations within More-than-human Worlds (2022-2025). Drawing on works from critical legal theory, ecological philosophy, feminist posthumanism and critical Black studies, the project explores the potential and limitations of rights-based approaches to environmental protection and focuses on de-anthropocentric normativities and more-than-human legalities. Her book When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide: The Politics of Conflict Management by Regional Courts was published with Cambridge University Press in 2022. She earned a PhD and LLM from the European University Institute (Florence) and an MA from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).

Lorenzo Romito is Professor of Space and Design Strategies at KU Linz. Lecturer with Giulia Fiocca of Public Art, NABA Rome and of the Stalker module at the Master in Environmental Humanities, Roma Tre University (2016-). He won the Prix de Rome Architecte at the French Academy, Villa Medici, Rome (2000-01). Co-founder of Stalker (1995 – ), Osservatorio Nomade (2002-2009), PrimaveraRomana (2009 -2013), Biennale Urbana (2014 – ), NoWorking (2016 – ) and SUN, Scuola di Urbanesimo Nomade (2017 – ).

Stalker is a collective subject, founded in 1995 in Rome, that engages research and actions within the landscape with particular attention to the areas around the city’s margins and forgotten urban space, and abandoned areas or regions under transformation that are referred to here as ‘Actual Territories’.

The Forum Territoriale Parco delle Energie, established in 2008 to manage a common space, the Quadrato, according to the principles of a Cultural Manifesto, is the meeting point of the different social realities of the neighbourhood and the city. Through the monthly assembly, attended by inhabitants, activists, researchers, artists, local administrators, the Forum manages and takes care of the Parco delle Energie, which currently includes the area of Lake Bullicante and the public park, recognised in 1997, where the Casa del Parco is located with the Sala Ovale for community activities, the historical archive Centro di documentazione Maria Baccante – Archivio Storico Viscosa.