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The Material Origins of Technology

Friday 1 October 2021, 3.00PM

Earthlings - Anthropocene Art Talks, 2021, is a webinar series organised with four online talks in September and October. Each talk will focus on a specific environmental-related contemporary issue and be structured as a one-hour talk with invited artists, curators or academic researchers specialising in the related field. Webinars will explore factors including natural history, colonialism, geographical politics, resource exploitation, religious philosophy, technological revolution and global consumerism. The artists’ practices included will speak to this contemporary condition through multiple investigations and field studies, demonstrating how each individual is involved within this anthropogenic system. 

In this event, Rizaldi will be in conversation with art historian Ana Bilbao Yarto to discuss the politics of extractivism in the Global South. From the “catastrophic beauty” of ruined landscapes turned into tourist attractions to the human rights violations undergone to support our screen culture, Rizaldi and Bilbao Yarto will discuss the role art can play in examining the colonial implications of technological industries today.

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Sincere thanks to our sponsors, the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, the Humanities Research Centre and the Centre for Modern Studies (Small Project Grants) of the University of York.



Location: Online