Industrial culture is radically transforming our planet, from human-induced global warming and accelerating mass extinctions to the wholesale reshaping of the Earth’s surface.
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New conceptions of vegetal life are emerging. Groundbreaking scientific research and new philosophical perspectives are raising botanical challenges to our anthropocentric cultural background assumptions.
Caroline Picard (MFA 2010) is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power through ongoing investigations of interspecies borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an a
This symposium will address recent discourses and practices that define our complex relationship with nature and culture in this political moment. The notions of fact and evidence have acquired an unprecedented level of fluidity - have we now entered the age of "post-truth politics"?
If we have entered a new geological epoch because humans have extensively impacted planet—the so-called Anthropocene—then cities have been one of its drivers and hallmarks. Nancy Klehm and Brian Holmes will discuss various ways that Chicago is both an engine and instance of the Anthropocene.