Thursday, March 10, 2016
4:00pm, 3201 Hart Hall
Lisa Bloom, Ph.D., UCLA Center for the Study of Women
"POLAR ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOURSES: POLITICS AND ART IN THE ERA OF THE ANTHROPOCENE"
In what ways can art portray “the violence of delayed effects”, a phrase used by Rob Nixon in his book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor? How might it do so in a way that goes beyond the socio-political phenomena in question to address the emotional disturbance of living amidst the structural slow violence in the unremarkable every day of the present? In what ways can environmental and climate change that still can’t be seen or felt introduce an age of dread and change our perceptual habits much as, say, Marshall McLuhan felt that new technology such as the telegraph did in an earlier era? The talk focuses on environmental work by two women artists that attempts to visually address new forms of art, seeing, feeling and sociality that are coming into being in the age of the Anthropocene. Taken from a book project that is titled Contemporary Art and Climate Change of the Polar Regions: Gender After Ice, the presentation brings together issues in ‘critical climate change’ scholarship to examine aspects of feminist and environmentalist polar art in the works of Judit Hersko and Amy Balkin.
Asian American Studies Program Coordinator
Cultural Studies Graduate Program Coordinator
Hart Interdisciplinary Programs
3102 Hart Hall