Futures Uncertain: A Symposium on Contemporary Art in the Anthropocene

This multidisciplinary symposium explores questions relating to landscape, the environment, extractive economies, and science stories in contemporary art. Participants include internationally recognized artists and scholars.

Thursday, November 8

Thursday's event will be held in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

4:30-6:30 pm
“The Postcolonial Anthropocene: Two Artists Lectures”

Sammy Baloji, artist
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, artists

Friday, November 9

Friday's events will be held in Haldeman 041. A Q&A session will follow each presentation.

10:00-11:30 am
“Evolution, Climate Change, and Deep Time”

Christina Seely, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Dartmouth
Ross Virginia, Director of the Arctic Institute, Dartmouth
Christie Harner, Lecturer of English, Dartmouth
1:00-2:30 pm
“Earth and Extraction”

Terry Evans, artist
Katherine Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
Will Wilson, artist

3:00-4:00 pm
“To Save a World: Geoengineering, Conflictual Futurisms, and the Unthinkable”

T.J. Demos, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz
Director, Center for Creative Ecologies

4:30-6:30 pm
“Bait, Lure, MacGuffin: The Ends of the Anthropology of Art”

Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology, 
Columbia University in the City of New York
Laura Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth

6:30-7:00 pm
The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland (2018)

Directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli
In this Australian short film, at the end of the world, only Indigenous people can survive the toxic landscape so the white fellas steal ‘mud children’ to experiment on in the hopes of finding a cure. One such mud child, Aiden now returns to his ancestral lands, where the mermaids were meant to protect him. But the mermaids are being targeted too. The Mermaids was commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki, Amsterdam’s Frontier Imaginaries, the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane and Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands. Produced by Karrabing Indigenous Corporation S Karrabing Film Collective Languages: Australian Aboriginal Creole (Emmi), Australian Aboriginal English, Australian Aboriginal Creole (Batjamalh) w/English subtitles. 

Free and open to all. No registration required.    

Organized by the Department of Art History and the Hood Museum of Art, and made possible through support from the Associate Dean for the Faculty of the Arts and Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Endowment at the Hood Museum of Art, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, and the Dartmouth Centers Forum. This program is part of the Forum’s 2018-19 theme: Envisioning the World We Want.


Written October 01, 2018