San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Professor Joseph P. Masco, Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, and University of Bristol Institute for Advanced Studies Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Autumn 2014.
How can we understand planetary ecological crisis today? Geologists are now considering inaugurating a new geological period — the anthropocene — to mark the influence of industrial society on planet earth. This is a startling proposition: namely, that humans are now a geological force, collectively generating widespread ecological changes across ecosystems. What new visualization strategies can help us understand forms of crisis that are both hyperlocal and planetary, simultaneously effecting all species but in different ways? This talk considers these questions via an engagement with contemporary artists that have taken on the problem planetary loss directly. It considers the conceptual and political problems of engaging both geological time and rapid species loss, and invites reflection on life and death in the era of accelerating climate change.
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