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Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin, June 7-9 2019.

The School for Creative Arts and the “Identities in Transformation” Steering Group invite you to participate in the conference “Art in the Anthropocene” at Trinity College Dublin from Friday 7 June to Sunday 9 June 2019. The conference is being organised in collaboration with the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities, and the Science Gallery’s exhibition on PLASTIC.

The Anthropocene has been defined as the present geological epoch in which the earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity are being slowly disrupted by human intervention. The term has become commonly used since the beginning of the twenty-first century when Paul Crutzen argued its importance in a Nature article, and since then scientists have debated its credibility and possible starting point, suggesting the end of the eighteenth century (with the birth of the industrial revolution) or 1945 (with the commencement of nuclear weapons testing).

The notion of the Anthropocene raises important questions that concern the sustainability of the planet.  With seas rising and becoming inexorably acidified and contaminated and the destruction of coral reefs (such as the Great Barrier Reef); with fish life and plankton dying because of climate change and pollution from plastic, oil, and other forms of human waste; with the endangerment and extinction of animal species; with huge tracts of land in Africa being leased by China to feed its own population; with African governments encouraging their citizens to go abroad in order to send back foreign income to sustain their national economies; with aggressive mining  and fracking operations, fertilization, forest fires, and over-cultivation of land; with the ubiquitous burning of fossil fuels and the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; with deforestation, drought, desertification, poverty and hunger in the global south forcing increasing waves of migration; with melting icebergs,  periodic oil disasters, and emissions of radiation from nuclear power plants as well as the continual threat of nuclear war; and with the rapid increase of the world population to 7 billion (estimated to increase to 10 billion by 2050), Elon Musk has offered a wake-up call by proposing that we need to colonize Mars.

Posthumanism has offered an alternative to anthropocentrism and emphasised the importance of the non-human in the challenge against the destructive effects of the Anthropocene. Posthumanism privileges animals, plant life, ecological systems and the environment, as well as providing a feminist perspective on human patriarchy. It emphasizes the protection and conservation of the earth and its inhabitants, recognizing continuity between all living creatures including plants, animals and humans. New trends in philosophy offer new materialism, object-oriented ontologies, and theories of social assemblage.

The final progamme of the conference can be found here. And here it is possible to download the book of abstracts and participants’ bios.

Tiziana Pers, CAPUT CAPITIS I, curated by Gabriela Galati, aA29 Project Room Milan

Tiziana Pers,
CAPUT CAPITIS I

Curated by Gabriela Galati
With a text by Gabi Scardi
Media partner THAT’S CONTEMPORARY

Opening Wednesday March 27th, 6.30pm
March 27th – April 26th 2019

aA29 Project Room Milan
Piazza Caiazzo 3,
1st. floor, # 2

 

aA29 Project Room is pleased to present Tiziana Pers’ solo  exhibition CAPUT CAPITIS. The project was conceived as a single exhibition in two parts that will be inaugurated first at the gallery in Milan, and later in Caserta.
Tiziana Pers’s artistic research focuses on biocentrism, and works through the analysis and deconstruction of colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism, speciesism and domination over nature. Precisely, the title of the exhibition alludes to the fact that the word “capitalism” derives from the Latin caput capitis, i.e. head of cattle. The objectification of the other that produces surplus value from work, or as in this case, from the forced reproduction of animals, forms the basis of the capitalist system.

More specifically, the common thread that binds all her practice, and the exhibition CAPUT CAPITIS in particular, is her project ART_HISTORY, always in-progress.
In the artist’s words, ART_ HISTORY “consists in exchanging one of my paintings with an animal that was destined to be slaughtered: a horse, donkey, rabbit, lamb, chicken, pig, duck, goat, cow, goose…depending on project. The painting has the same height and dimensions as the animal to be saved. And I do not decide who will come with me: the butcher, or breeder makes the choice. A contract certifies the exchange.” In this way the project opens several questions on the attribution of an economic value to a sentient being as well as to a work of art, and at the same time on the possibility of art to interact with the actual situation and save a life.

On show in Milan a selection of works related to the Art History practice and to the liberated animals will be presented, starting from the exchange contracts. These include ART_HISTORY / Vucciria (2018), an action carried out in Palermo for Manifesta 12 (*).
ART_HISTORY is also closely linked to the other fundamental project of Pers’ practice: the residence for artists and animal sanctuary RAVE East Village Artist Residency, founded together with his sister Isabella, in which every year an international artist is invited to live with the saved animals and to develop an artistic project that is somehow the result of this interaction.
The exhibition, although not exhaustive, aims to present the complexity of an artistic research that is largely grounded on concrete action.

Tiziana Persstudied Foreign Languages ​​and Literature, and developed her doctoral research on the dialogue between visual arts and literature. Among the last public events to which she took part are worth mentioning: Ex Wunderkammern, double solo show with Regina Josè Galindo, curated by Mylène Ferrand and Robert Baramov at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia (BG), Art_History / Vucciria, (*) 2018, performance realized in scope of Memoria Collettiva. Casa Spazio hosts Casa Sponge curated by Lorenzo Calamia and Serena Ribaudo / Border Crossing collateral event MANIFESTA 12, Palermo and her participation with the video RAVEto the project THE INDEPENDENTcurated by Elena Motisi and NESXT, MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, Rome. Her works and performances have been presented in numerous museums and institutions, among which: Lapidarium Museum, Novigrad, Croatia; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, South Korea; Drawing Madrid (aA29 Project Room) Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris; PAV Living Art Pavilion Turin; Museum of Natural History of Trieste and Milan; Palazzo Pretorio Volterra; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art; Italian Market Hong Kong; One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia; Prix-Pictet Palais De Tokyo Paris; Old Police Station, London; 53. Venice Biennale e. c .; Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia; TriesteContemporanea, Trieste; N.Est Museo MADRE Naples; DIFC Dubai; Dade Public Library Miami. She has lectured at numerous universities and institutions, including: MAXXI Rome Museum, Polytechnic of Milan, University of Trieste and Udine, PAC Contemporary Art Pavilion in Milan, NABA Milan, Contemporary Dolomites, École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy.

Tiziana Pers,
CAPUT CAPITIS I
Curated by Gabriela Galati
With a text by Gabi Scardi
Media partner That’s Contemporary

Opening Wednesday March 27th, 6.30pm

aA29 Project Room Milan

Piazza Caiazzo 3,
1st. floor, # 2