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The World to Come: Art, Politics, and Climate Change
Keynote Lecture: Friday, October 19, 6 pm, Reception to follow.
Symposium: Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm, Reception to follow.
Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium fostering dialogue around artistic experimental practices, scientific fieldwork and anthropological research in response to the greatest planetary crisis of our era. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Lively conversations between guest speakers, UF faculty and attendees will confront the challenges of artistic, political and personal practice in the late Anthropocene, in search of ways forward to a more vibrant, compassionate and just future. This program is open to the public and presented by the Harn Museum of Art and UF Imagining Climate Change.
Keynote Lecture: Blackout: The Necropolitics of Extraction
T.J. Demos, Professor of History of Art; Director the Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California Santa Cruz
This presentation addresses extraction, as well as the politics and aesthetics of emergent forms of resistance today. In view of spreading sacrifice zones given over to resource mining, abetted by
exploitative international trade agreements and the finance of debt servitude, what forms do the cultural politics of resistance take, and how are artist-activists materializing the images and sounds of emancipation and decolonization? With reference to the diverse artwork of Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann, which considers geographies of conflict in such regions as Greece, Puerto Rico, and Canada and Bangladesh, this analysis considers a range of leading artistic approaches that adopt an aesthetics of intersectionality that reveals complex causalities and effects, offers a modeling of politico-ecological interpretation, and proposes forms of solidarity with those on the frontlines of opposition.