DE\GLOBALIZE (2018-20)

Agential cuts through Critical Zones on the Kabini River, in the Nile Delta and on the Upper Rhine

Living beings and things viewed by the lens of wild topologies. An artistic research about how to de-globalize the global

»The global evokes the notion of a totality as a whole, in an indistinct integrality. While mondialisation would rather evoke an expanding process throughout the expanse of the world of human beings, cultures and nations. Mondialisation gives a different indication than of an enclosure in the undifferentiated sphere of a unitotatality.«
Jean Luc Nancy, Note on the Untranslatable Mondialisation (2004)

DE\GLOBALIZE is an ethnographic and media ecological stroll about the CRITICAL ZONE – the skin layer around the globe in which complex interactions involving soil, water, air, and living organisms regulate the natural habitat.

The artistic research is re-negotiating the grammar of space, borders, scale in order to DE/GLOBALIZE the notion of THE GLOBAL. It is thereby focussing on three key questions:

  1. How to think, medialize, fold and answer* the earth in a de-globalized topology?
  2. How to think meshworks, alterities, entanglements and relational references in the parasitocene?
  3. How to narrate critical zonings in transmedial, improvisational, ptolemaic, cuts?

DE\GLOBALIZE consists of three agential cuts through Critical Zones in India (2018), in Egypt and in Germany (2019).


The first parasitic/agential cut of DE/GLOBALIZE is realized in cooperation with the Center for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore

CRITICAL SCIENCING ZONE – Parasitic Workshop March 2018 at CCS/IISc, Bangalore


Fetzner/Dornberg/Wegner Artistic Research
Adrian Schwartz and Josua Krüger, Film Students Offenburg University
Dr. Vasanthi Mariadass Film Theorist, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar Biologist, Centre for Ecological Sciences
Dr. Souvik Mandal Biologist. CES at IISc
Dr. Anindita Brahma Biologist. CES at IISc
Ponanna Biologist. CES at IISc
Prof. Sekhar Muddu Environmental Engineer. Head of the Kabini Critical Zone Observatory
Dr. Pascal Jouquet Soil Ecologist. IFCWS, Indo-French Cell at IISc
Dr. Laurent Ruiz Hydrologist. IFCWS, Indo-French Cell at IISc


Field Study planned for early 2019


Field Study planned for late 2019

DE\GLOBALIZE is focusing on social insects, animal-human relationships, affective intervals, 360° stereographic projections, complexity, non-linear improvisations, matters of concern/matters of care, soil and parasitology. In our research we assume no big system but thousand plateaus of little neighbourhoods.


Daniel Fetzner (*1966), Media Artist and Media Scientist. Professor for Design and Artistic Research at Hochschule Offenburg, Lecturer at Freiburg University and Head of the Media Ecology Lab. Research interest in translocal relations, site specific interventions, media ethnographic explorations and new materialism.

Martin Dornberg, MD, PhD (*1959) is a philosopher and researcher/medical practitioner in the field of psychosomatics and psychotherapy, since 1989 Lecturer at the Philosophy Department and the Centre of Anthropology and Gender Studies (ZAG) at Freiburg University. Martin´s contribution to the project is a philosophical and anthropological, ethnographic and transmedial, also transdisciplinary reflection and “diffraction” of the project and its multilayered actants (themes, subjects, objects, methods, concepts, processes, matters). We understand diffraction patterns, “as patterns of difference that make a difference to be the fundamental constituents that make up the world” (Barad, 2007, p.72). Reflection/diffraction tries to realize more difference-attentive modes of behaviour, thought, life(s), matter(s) and alterity. They approach differences as making a difference in terms of both genealogy and figurative conceptualization, of matter coming to matter and of life coming to life. This comprises permanent crossmedial and crosssectoral trans-lations/trans-missions between multiple ecologies, between theory and practice and between matters of fact, matters of concern and matters of care.

Fetzner/Dornberg/Wegner are practicing artistic research projects which entangle anthropological, philosophical and medial perspectives. These theoretical and practical enfoldings result in experimental systems and their performative reflection, in order to produce new aesthetic constellations and transitional zones of thinking. With BUZZ (2014/15) Fetzner/Dornberg and Wegner dealt with the dichotonomy of human/animal, with the project WASTELAND (2016/18 ) they question the binarity of human/matter in relationship with waste.


Ephraim Wegner (*1980) obtained his master degree in audiovisual media at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) in 2013. Since 2014 he is working as research assistant with Daniel Fetzner at the Media Ecology Lab at Hochschule Offenburg. Wegner has a keen interest in the sonification of complex systems and is using various computer languages (like Csound, Pure Data and Processing) to combine different forms of digital audio synthesis and generative art focusing on multidisciplinary approaches and concepts. He is scholarship holder from Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. Ephraim will focus on reconstructing particular sounds by an closer view on the underlaying physical model. Synthesis methods, mainly based on simple arithmetics, allow us to sonify the basic material. By this approach we can explore if the artificial models serve for different lifeforms (animals, humans and aliens) to react on and in which way. Furthermore it can be seen as an artistic work that ranges from analyzation, reconstruction, replacement of the "natural" sound source in any environment to an improvised musical work presented in the experimental framework of the project.


The interactive documentation of DE\GLOBALIZE is part of the BMBF-research project Gendering MINT
Stefan Salm and Zaid Ghasib, Offenburg University
Marion Mangelsdorf and Simon Schwab, Freiburg University

Kindly supported by

INSIDE – A lecture-performance by Bruno Latour about the Critical Zone

A cooperation between the artistic research group mbody, Offenburg University, Freiburg University and the Indian Institute of Science IISc, Bangalore.

© Fetzner/Dornberg 2018