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Intervention Space | Book Launch Radical Futurisms with T. J. Demos

Mar 21, 2023 | 07:00 PM

There is widespread consensus that we are living at the end—of democracy, of liberalism, of capitalism, of a healthy planet, of the Holocene, of civilization as we know it. In this book, drawing on radical futurisms and visions of justice-to-come emerging from the traditions of the oppressed—Indigenous, African-American, multispecies, anti-capitalist—as materialized in experimental visual cultural, new media, aesthetic practices, and social movements, T. J. Demos poses speculative questions about what comes after end-of-world narratives. He argues that it's as vital to defeat fatalistic nihilism as it is to defeat the false solutions of green capitalism and algorithmic governance. 

How might we decolonize the future, and cultivate an emancipated chronopolitics in relation to an undetermined not-yet? If we are to avoid climate emergency's cooptation by technofixes, and the defuturing of multitudes by xenophobic eco-fascism, Demos argues, we must cultivate visions of just futurity and multispecies flourishing.

In celebration of T.J. Demos’s new publication Radical Futurisms: Ecologies of Collapse, Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come, Luise Willer and Lena Pozdnyakova will moderate a discussion with the author on March 21st at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. This will be an opportunity for Demos to introduce his new work and audience members are strongly encouraged to participate and pose questions.

This event is part of the ongoing series agrupa, which focuses on divergent perspectives, spaces in-between, and new ways of assembling and disassembling. With talks, workshops, screenings, and performances it explores the potentiality of intervention as a form of participatory art regarding different publics and institutions.

Livestream on www.nbk.org

T. J. Demos, an award-winning writer, is Professor of Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely about contemporary art, global politics, and ecology. His published work centers on the conjunction of art and politics, examining the ability of artistic practice to invent innovative and experimental strategies that challenge dominant social, political, and economic conventions.

Time & Location

Mar 21, 2023 | 07:00 PM

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Chausseestrasse 128 / 129
10115 Berlin

Further Information

The event is designed and organized by João Gabriel Rizek, Luise Marie Willer and Tobias Rosen from project A02 and Lena Pozdnyakova, who is associated at the CRC. It is part of the laboratory format Intervention Space Art and Academia.

Event in English, registration is not necessary.