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Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology

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26 Mar 2013

With TJ Demos, Nabil Ahmed and Peter Mörtenböck


Featuring Peter Mörtenböck (on the World of Matter project) and Nabil Ahmed (on Radical Meteorology) this discussion departs from the concerns of the current special issue of Third Text, guest-edited by TJ Demos and dedicated to the intersection of art criticism, politico-ecological theory, environmental activism, and postcolonial globalization.

Introduced and chaired by Demos, the discussion will address new aesthetic strategies through which ecological emergencies—including the multifaceted crisis of climate-change - have found resonance and response in artistic practice and more broadly in visual culture.

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18.30 GMT Welcome

18.40 GMT. T.J. Demos will introduce the concerns of the Third Text Special Issue, Contemporary Art & The Politics of Ecology.

TJ Demos is a Reader in the Art History Department at University College London. He writes widely on modern and contemporary art, politics, and ecology, and is the author, most recently, of Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013); and The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013).

19.00 GMT. Peter Mörtenböck will introduce the collective project and media, art and research platform World of Matter.

Peter Mörtenböck is Research Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also Professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology. His recent books include Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (2008), Space (Re)Solutions (2011) and OCCUPY (2012).

19.20 GMT Nabil Ahmed's presentation, Radical Meteorology, will introduce his research on politics, ecology, and nature in the Bengal Delta.

Nabil Ahmed is a Bangladeshi artist based in London. His work has appeared on Resonance FM,, the Centre for Possible Studies and SAVAC in Toronto. He is co-founder of Call& Response, a sound art collective. He is a member of the Roundtable Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion and Q&A.


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