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Online Talk with T.J. Demos in conjunction with the exhibition "Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories"

Lectures and symposia September 29, 2020 05:00 pm
  • T.J. Demos in conversation with Annemarie Bucher, lecturer (ZHdK), landscape historian, Zurich

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  • In English
  • A cooperation of the Department of Fine Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and the Department of Fine Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) have organized a three-day series of conversations that will probe the interactions between humans and nature from theoretical and artistic perspectives. Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories is the first of two exhibitions that explore the current state of the relationship between humanity and nature. The works on view in the first chapter draw attention to the ways in which the environment has been appropriated in the pursuit of power and resources. They point up the consequences for the environment as well as the social fabric and question conceptions in the natural sciences that were developed in the course of the power-driven appropriation of nature.

The series of talks opens with T.J. Demos, professor of art history and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His writings have examined the concept of the Anthropocene and the need for a decolonization of nature, among other concerns. He will discuss the capacity of creative practices to devise innovative and experimental strategies that question prevailing social, political, and economic conventions.

More talks:

  • Wed, 09/30/2020, 5 p.m.: Maria Thereza Alves in conversation with Heike Munder, director and co-curator of the exhibition, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
  • Thu, 10/01/2020, 5 p.m.: Almagul Menlibayeva in conversation with Suad
    Garayeva-Maleki, former artistic director, YARAT Contemporary Art Space,
    Baku, and co-curator of the exhibition