Immuno-ecology with BAD Award winner 2020 Sissel Marie Tonn

BAD Award winner 2020 Sissel Marie Tonn and scientists Heather Leslie & Juan Garcia Vallejo are invited at MU during its In Real Live Thursdays summer program on Thursday 15 July, to take us along their intriguing research on sentinel species.


MU Hybrid Art House

Torenallee 40-06



15 July 2021 -
15 July 2021

Immuno-ecology is an imaginary field of study thought up by Sissel Marie Tonn (BAD Award winner 2020), inspired by her collaboration with ecotoxicologist/chemist Heather Leslie and immunologist Juan Garcia Vallejo. During their collaborative process of creating the science-fiction piece Becoming a Sentinel Species, as a result of last year’s BAD award, she learned more about their interdisciplinary research project about the potential impact of plastic particles on our immune system.

Could we imagine a future in which our understanding of immunology and of environmental change is inseparable? How would this change our understanding of the relationship between the body and its surrounding environment? How would it change our sense of self - a self that is so intertwined with conceptions of self found in the history of immunology?

These questions continue to unfold and expand in Juan, Heather and Sissel’s conversations and future plans. In this roundtable event they will collectively imagine future scenarios for amongst others scientists, artists, designers, lawmakers that might inhabit this speculative 'immuno-ecology department'.

Special guest this evening is Shivant Jhagroe, assistant professor at Leiden University with a focus on the non-human in politics and policy, ecology and digital technology.

Practical info Where: MU Hybrid Art House | When: Thursday 15 July | Time: 20.00 - 22.00 | Tickets: 5,- regular & 2,50 students

Program of the evening 19.30: doors open | 20:00: screening of Becoming a Sentinel Species | 20.30 - 21.30: Roundtable with Juan Garcia Vallejo, Heather Leslie, Sissel Marie Tonn & Shivant Jhagroe, moderated by Isolde Hallensleben