Last Sunday Thom Van Dooren spoke about extinction at the first Only Human? Festival in Glasgow, part of the nationwide Arts & Humanities Research Council Being Human Festival. Previous posts have highlighted key quotes from his book Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction. Thom very kindly agreed to us sharing recordings […]
. More rock and roll, less evocative of the specifics of individual as well as species loss (slow violence, human exceptionalism, nature of hope), you should read Tim Morton’s contribution to the EXTINCT.LY site which is also the home for documentation of the Serpentine’s Extinction Marathon.
Thom Van Dooren quotes (p. 141) Val Plumwood saying, When we hyperseparate ourselves from nature and reduce it conceptually, we not only lose the ability to empathise and to see the non-human sphere in ethical terms, but also get a false sense of our own character and location that includes an illusory sense of agency […]
Hyperallergic recently covered the Copenhagen 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative competition saying, “There is no shortage of art critiquing humankind’s abuse of the earth today. While these works help illuminate the problem, they don’t actually solve it. But what if artists could use their know-how to engage in a practice that actually brings about real […] […]
The chapter on albatrosses ends with the following challenge, As nesting birds quietly ignored my close presence, I reflected that perhaps what is most tragic about the current situation is not the “failure” of albatrosses to adjust or adapt to new threats and an altered environment: intensive long-line fishing or brightly colored plastics that look […] […]