In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.
A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html
Unnarrated version here: vimeo.com/40940686
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions.
The film is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by
JUSSI PARIKKA is the director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) institute. His lecture Practicing Media Archaeology: Creative Methodologies for Remediation and Creation focuses on some ideas and examples from media archaeological art practice.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates one of the most important concepts in the world today - information. He discovers how we harnessed the power of symbols, everything from the first alphabet to the electric telegraph through to the modern digital age. But on this journey he learns that information is not just about human communication, it is woven very profoundly into the fabric of reality.
Organs Everywhere No.4 | ’Material Shifts’ - September 2012
Material agility. Collaborations of living and non-living actants. Building materials exhibiting life-like behaviors. Architecture, protocells and Petri dishes. Stratophysical approximations. Soil taxonomies developed to account for anthropocenic change. The dream of a non-anthropocentric, nomadic domesticity. Homes built out of bones and muscles. Cities that are co-evolved with Nature.
These are only some of the things you will read about in this fantastic new issue of Organs Everywhere, “Material Shifts.” Along for the ride will take you the terrific and generous contributions of some amazing thinkers, researchers and innovators: Mitchell Joachim, Etienne Turpin, Seth Denizen, and Rachel Amstrong.
More info: Organs Everywhere
The dystopia of capitalism is naturalized by the moralism of ‘consuming less’. Matteo Pasquinelli
From the book: Beyond Entropy
“Any historical analysis of the uses of entropy shows that the initial conception of this notion in physics - which is related to the specific discussion of energy - has been adopted by many other sciences. This can be the source of a dangerous misunderstanding. After an era of techno-determinism I wonder if we are entering an age of energo-determinism - one in which the dystopia of capitalism is naturalized by the moralism of consuming less.
Any one-dimensional conception of entropy should be contested through the notion of negative entropy and by considering those forces that accumulate energy against its dissipation. These are not only natural forces but also those social forces. that struggle against the entropy of value governed by capitalism. We should not forget that social autonomy is the first form of resistance against the economic entropy.”
DIYbio Expo 2012: Mobile Labs and Nomadic Citizen Participation in Science Posted on May 22, 2012 Attractor: Marc R. Dusseiller
"Radical initiatives and projects, such as Hackerspaces, DIYbio, Maker communities, Fablabs, all present an alternative approach to innovation and research outside of the official academia and industry walls. We want to test further the possibilities of a more nomadic and mobile model of such alternative labs and allow greater intensity of experiments and networks between various technologies and communities on the streets of Prague. We want to invite the global community of Hackerspaces, DIY, Maker communities to send us and showcase their kits and products in workshops and expo style street exhibitions where anyone can interact with the tool."
This project is part of Hackteria | a collection of #DIY Open Source Art Projects that use Biology and Biotechnology
In A World of Becoming William E. Connolly outlines a political philosophy suited to a world whose powers of creative evolution include and exceed the human estate. This is a world composed of multiple, interacting systems, including those of climate change, biological evolution, economic practices, and geological formations. Such open systems, set on different temporal registers of stability and instability, periodically resonate together to secrete profound, unpredictable changes. To engage such a world reflectively is to feel pressure to alter established practices of politics, ethics, and spirituality. In pursuing such a course, Connolly draws inspiration from philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alfred North Whitehead, and Gilles Deleuze, as well as the complexity theorist of biology Stuart Kauffman and the theologian Catherine Keller.
Attunement to a world of becoming, Connolly argues, may also help us address dangerous resonances between global finance capital, cross-regional religious resentments, neoconservative ideology, and the 24-hour mass media. Coming to terms with subliminal changes in the contemporary experience of time that challenge traditional images can help us grasp how these movements have arisen and perhaps even inspire creative counter-movements. The book closes with the chapter “The Theorist and the Seer,” in which Connolly draws insights from early Greek ideas of the Seer and a Jerry Lewis film, The Nutty Professor, to inform the theory enterprise today.