The World to Come: Art, Politics and Climate Change

Keynote - Friday, October 19, 6 pm. Reception to follow.
Symposium - Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm. Reception to follow.

Join us for “The World to Come: Art, Politics and Climate Change” 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 (September 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019). 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


Friday, October 19, 6 pm  
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 addresses 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.


Saturday, October 20, 10 am - 5 pm | Schedule

10 – 10:15 am
Welcome and Introductions
Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art


10:15 – 11:15 am
Lecture: "Runakuna, human but not only" + Q+A
Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis


11:20 – 12:20 pm
Panel Discussion + Q+A
Ellen E. Martin, Professor, UF Department of Geological Sciences; Co-Director, Florida Climate Institute; Brett Scheffers, Assistant Professor, UF Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation; Les Thiele, Professor, UF Department of Political Science; Director of Sustainability Studies and the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science
Moderator: Terry Harpold, Associate Professor, UF Department of English; Director, Imagining Climate Change


12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch (on your own)


1:45 – 2:45 pm
Lecture: "Rooting into the Planthroposcene" + Q+A
Natasha Myers, Associate Professor of Anthropology, York University


2:50 – 3:50 pm
Lecture: "Parallel Futures: Images, Friends" + Q+A
Pedro Neves Marques, Visual artist, writer and editor


4 – 5 pm
Panel Discussion
All speakers


5 – 6 pm
Closing Remarks + Reception 


Support for the symposium is from the National Endowment for the Arts, UF Center for Humanities & the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture Series (keynote), UF Imagining Climate Change and UF Office of Research.


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Image credits
Allan Sekula
Shipwreck and Worker, Istanbul
Harn Museum of Art collection
Museum purchase, gift of Michael A. Singer 2002.14
Dornith Doherty
Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings  and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden No. 4
Digital chromogenic lenticular photograph, edition of 3
Courtesy of Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas, and Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, Texas