The Ancient Greek nymph is a creature half human and half in possession of cosmic elements. In this day and age contemplating such mythologies becomes considerably relevant. A reflection essay on the boundaries of the animal, the human, and that which exceeds human, on the formlessness of the human body and the body of nature, opens up new possibilities as to how to think about the current climate crisis in relation to contemporary art (Michele Abeles) and the historical avant-garde (Raoul Ubac).

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Ninfa Æterna: The Human between the Animal and the Extensiveness of the Universe

The Ancient Greek nymph is a creature half human and half in possession of cosmic elements. In this day and age contemplating such mythologies becomes considerably relevant. A reflection essay on the boundaries of the animal, the human, and that which exceeds human, on the formlessness of the human body and the body of nature, opens up new possibilities as to how to think about the current climate crisis in relation to contemporary art (Michele Abeles) and the historical avant-garde (Raoul Ubac).

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George Ritchey, Yerkes Observatory, The Orion Nebula, 1901, digiti- zation project: W. Cerny, R. Kron, Y. Liang, J. Lin, M. Martinez, E. Medina, B. Moss, B. Ogonor, M. Ransom, J. Sanchez (University of Chicago), copyright Czech Astronomical Society
Raoul Ubac, The Nebula, gelatin silver print, 40 × 28.3 cm, 1939, acquired through the generosity of David Dechman and Michel Mercure, acc. no.: 90.2016, New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2020. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

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