Paulo Tavares - In the Frontiers of Climate Change

Permissions: The Way We Work Now
Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring 2016

Paulo Tavares

Thursday 21 January – 5.00-7.00pm
Professor Stuart Hall Building LG02

During the so-called “development decades” of the Cold War, the Earth System experienced the exponential

impact of what climate scientists call the Great Acceleration: “the most rapid transformation of the human relationship with the natural world in the history of humankind.” That transformation was accompanied by the enforcement of a generalized state-of-exception across the third world, followed by widespread environmental destruction. This presentation traces the cartography of the modern-colonization of Amazonia, mapping the relations between environmental destruction and political violence that lay at the foundations of the Anthropocene/post-climate change condition. An archaeological excavation of the ruins of such forms of “environmental violence” in Amazonia unearth the history of a territory whose nature is deeply political, shaped and reshaped by spatial conflicts.

Paulo Tavares is an architect based in Quito/São Paulo. He has recently completed his Ph.D at CRA where he also taught and has been a research fellow of the 'Forensis' project.. His work has been exhibited internationally including at BAK - basis voor actuele kunst, ZMK Center for Art and Media, Haus de Kulturen der Welt and PROA-Buenos Aires. Tavares has lectured widely internationally and is visiting scholar at Cornell University.

Respondent - Anna Sophie Springer is a writer and the co publisher of K-Verlag Berlin. Her concerns are with the multi natural semiotics of shifting perceptions of the environment and she is a PH.d candidate in CRA. Recent publications include "The Word for World is Still Forest" 2016, “Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago" 2015 and "Land & Animal & Nonanimal" 2015.

Chair: Susan Schuppli

Permissions: How we work now: As boundaries dissolve between teaching, researching and articulating concerns, as definitions of practice expand and mutate – we wish to pay attention to the permissions granted us by such changes. As we self-institute and self authorize in the face of new formats of research, study and practice - how do our permissions come about, are they immanent to fields of study or authorised by the urgent issues of the day?

Series curated by: Irit Rogoff, Manuel Ramos and Susan Schuppli.

The events are free and no booking is required. All welcome.

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