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Poetic practice and art making in the era of extinction

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Poetic practice and art making in the era of extinction

Professor Redell Olsen
Department of English

This lecture will explore the necessity for writing and the visual arts in response to our current era of extinction. At a time when so many species are becoming extinct due to habitat loss, climate disaster and the global fossil fuel and mining economy, why would we need artists and writers at all? And what should they be doing? By way of response, and drawing inspiration from a diverse range of figures, that includes: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), Rachel Carson (1907–1964), Otobong Nkanga (1974-) and critic Donna Haraway, this talk will offer a hybrid poetics towards an alternative mode of art-writing that attempts to refigure terms such as: environment, species and landscape.Admission free but booking is essential.

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