This page is dedicated to video posts which signify new directions in video making in the Anthropocene. This page welcomes curated video posts which take forward the agenda of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene (IIRA).
Remake, digital video, 2017.
The geo-constructivist drive aims at reshaping the Earth from end to end – in this sense, geo-constructivism fuels the capitalocene. Our task is to interrupt this project, not to accelerate it. To do so, we need to return to primal scenes of mankind and of his post-human, bionic successors. Returning to these scenes that cinema has recorded after the fact, we will insert contingency into the past.
Now, let’s imagine a primate that would have refused to turn a bone into a weapon. Look, she hesitates, she seems to split, a visual desynchronization interrupts the temporal continuity that relates the distant past to the programmed future. A zeppelin falls in her head, opening a path to a new alliance between the living and technology …
Frédéric Neyrat, Los Angeles, December 2017.
Latest video update from Frederic:
“L’apocalypse n’aura pas la forme que l’on pouvait attendre. Elle ne ressemblera pas à un événement surnaturel. Le miracle du partage des eaux est obstrué par le trafic d’un port ordinaire, un de ceux où on n’accueille pas les migrants sans doute, et cette obstruction prolifère : arrêts, accélérations, inversions, superpositions, démultiplications, l’image est saturée. D’une telle saturation peut naître la véritable image de l’apocalypse : non pas une décision divine, donc, mais une retombée, sur les humains, de ce qu’ils ont construit et de ce qu’ils ont cru substituer aux miracles : des satellites explosent et leur débris tombent sur nous, ils sont les étoiles qui retombent sur la Terre ; les étoiles, si l’on peut dire, que l’on mérite.” – Bernard Aspe, Octobre 2018
Also, Frederic’ new book, The Unconstructable Earth, can be found here
The Anthropocene announces a post-natural planet that can be remade at will through the process of geoengineering. With it, a new kind of power, geopower, takes the entire Earth, in its social, biological, and geophysical dimensions, as an object of knowledge, intervention, and governmentality. This shift has been aided, wittingly or not, by theorists of the constructivist turn who have likewise called into question the divide between nature and culture and have thus found themselves helpless against the project to replace Earth with Earth 2.0.
Against both camps, this book confronts the unconstructable Earth, proposing an “ecology of separation” that acknowledges the wild, subtractive capacity of nature. Against technocratic delusion, but equally against a racially tinged organicism, Neyrat shows what it means to appreciate Earth as an unsubstitutable becoming that cannot be replicated in a laboratory and that always escapes the hubris of those who would remake and master it.
Learning to think in the Anthropocene
David R. Cole
This presentation combines excerpts from George H.W. Bush’s speech at the first Earth summit in Rio with a case study of everyday life in the city of Dallas, Texas, and a metaphysical thinking and learning framework from Deleuze/Guattari. The point is to find new ways to attend to the concerns of the Anthropocene which are at the same time intellectually in depth and practical. This talk was given at the University of Madras, India.
February, 2018, Sydney.