Graham Harman: Morton’s Hyperobjects and the Anthropocene
DARK ECOLOGY Graham Harman: Morton’s Hyperobjects and the Anthropocene 26 November 2015 - Samfundshuset Kirkenes, Kirkenes, Norway --- For his lecture Morton’s Hyperobjects and the Anthropocene Graham Harman will consider the similarities and differences of the terms ‘hyperobjects’, coined by Timothy Morton, and ‘anthropocene objects’. The concept of Hyperobjects refers to entities that are so vast in spatial or temporal scale as to exceed the usual dimensions of a human life. By contrast, Harman describes anthroposcene objects as entities that require human beings as one of their components, even if they are not exhausted by human access to them. While hyperobjects push ecology toward the priority of the non-human, the anthropocene might seem to do the opposite. Harman will subsequently continue his lecture by considering the intellectual implications of both terms.
Here 2017: Marguerite Humeau
For Here 2017, artist Marguerite Humeau gave us a peek into her mind and bizarre creative processes, all poised towards examining mortality within sculpture. Here is a fast-paced festival of creativity curated by It’s Nice That at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Event Partner: Adobe Stock Related Links http://www.itsnicethat.com/here-london https://stock.adobe.com/uk
Marguerite Humeau – ‘Each Installation is an Ecosystem’ | TateShots
Marguerite Humeau combines her interest for ancient myths and science to create surreal large scale installations that explore ideas of past, present, life and death. The French artist invited us to her London studio before visiting the Sir John Soane Museum. Marguerite has transformed Tate Britain’s gallery into part temple, part laboratory for the industrial production of an elixir for eternal life. The exhibition features two sculptures based on Egyptian gods, Cleopatra’s resuscitated voice and walls painted with black mamba venom. Marguerite Humeau: Echoes. See the Art Now exhibition until 15 April 2017 at Tate Britain. FREE ENTRY http://bit.ly/2i2yGEg Art Now is a series of exhibitions at Tate Britain focusing on new work by emerging artists. Since the 1990s, Art Now has recognized talent at its outset and provides a platform for artists who have gone on to become established figures in the British and international art scene. Subscribe for weekly films: http://goo.gl/X1ZnEl
"Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival" Feminist thinker and historian of science Donna Haraway is perhaps best known as the author of two revolutionary works: the essay "A Cyborg Manifesto" and the book Primate Visions. Both set out to upend well-established "common sense" categories: breaking down the boundaries among humans, animals, and machines while challenging gender essentialism and questioning the underlying assumptions of humanity’s fascination with primates through a post-colonial lens. "Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival" features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller, and the film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including the capitalism and the anthropocene (a term she "uses but finds troubling"), science fiction writing as philosophical text, unconventional marital and sexual partnerships, the role of Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives. It is a remarkably impressive range, from a thinker with a nimble and curious mind. Haraway and filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova (who we hear but don't see) are clearly at ease with each other, giving the conversations—which are punctuated by images of artwork and quirky animation—a casual, intimate feel. Terranova makes playful use of green screens to illustrate Haraway's words, or to comment on them. As Haraway discusses storytelling, we see an image of her in the background, writing. When the conversation turns to her own unorthodox personal relationships and the oppressive power of heteronormativity, the redwoods out her window are replaced by a crisp suburban street. Underwater invertebrates, one of Haraway’s fascinations, float by in the background of a room. "Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival" is a clever and insightful glimpse into the thought of a major contemporary figure.
Design at the Intersection of Technology and Biology | Neri Oxman | TED Talks
Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
URB 17 / Pakui Hardware: Creatures of Habit - Interview
SIC 5.8.–3.9.2017 Immersed in leisure while automated bodies scurry around carrying out our daily routines and work, we devote ourselves to spiritual and cultural augmentation, cultivation of our creativity and fitness. Everyone is familiar with such kind of phantasy of automation. It is, of course, accessible to only part of the future post-working class. But are we even ready to renounce work, when it has been the driving force and the key indicator of ‘success’ for centuries? There is a joke that there are three things one can watch forever: fire, water, and other people working. Are we prepared to be observers of the hypnotizing choreography of robotic bodies, of the velocity of algorithmic decisions? In collaboration with URB festival & SIC More information www.urb.fi/urb17/pakui-hardware/
Pierre Huyghe: UUmwelt
Curator Rebecca Lewin discusses Pierre Huyghe's exhibition UUmwelt. Known for creating complex immersive ecosystems, Huyghe presents a major new exhibition at the Serpentine. For the exhibition, the Gallery has become a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviours. https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/pierre-huyghe-uumwelt