E2-E4: Blackout, The Necropolitics of Extraction – T. J. Demos
Welcome to Rutiga Golvet at the Royal Institute of Art for an extraordinary bonus session of the E2-E4 program, on Monday, May 21, 5pm.
This presentation addresses extraction, as well as the politics and aesthetics of emergent forms of resistance today. With reference to the diverse artwork of Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann, which considers geographies of conflict in such regions as Greece, Puerto Rico, and Canada and Bangladesh, this analysis considers a range of leading artistic approaches that adopt an aesthetics of intersectionality that reveals complex causalities and effects, offers a modeling of politico-ecological interpretation, and proposes forms of solidarity with those on the frontlines of opposition.
T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of numerous books, including Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2017); Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016); and The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013).
This session is organized in collaboration with Åsa Andersson, Research Coordinator, and Kajsa Dahlberg, PhD Candidate, the Royal Institute of Art.
E2-E4 is the name of the most common opening move in chess, the one that sets the game in motion. E2-E4 is also the name of a program for theoretical activities, exhibitions, and publications at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. “Theory” is here conceived not as academic superstructure or epistemic authority, but as orientation, as that first grasp of our own situation, and of its location in a wider system, network, or totality, which may allow us to begin, to go from the confusion of undefined possibility to the provisional determination of practice. The program explores the use values of the exhibition as a critical information system, in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination.
The E2-E4 program is created by guest professors Stefanie Hessler, Lars Bang Larsen, and Kim West.
The Royal Institute of Art / Kungliga Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.