The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

NextNature.net
May 16th 2019

In science fiction and popular science, 2030 is often suggested as the year in which our planet will run out of oil. Similarly, 2100 will be the year that, according to predictions made by Arthur C. Clarke (in the 1960s), human life will be able expand to other planets and even entirely new solar systems. As 2030 is nearing, will we be able to trust our predictions? Or do we have to deal with the reality that there is no planet B?

The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 is an upcoming exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow you should know about. The expo zooms in on the future that we are already living – where we are forced to deal with the environmental challenges of our time. The exhibition highlights the uncertainty of our knowledge about events to come, while suggesting a performative understanding of the future as it is being constructed and shaped by our present activities.

The Garage museum brings together historical and new works by over 50 international artists. Historical works, such as seventeenth century Dutch landscape painting and the invention of land art in 1969, show humanity’s ever changing relationship with nature.

Contemporary artists, including Next Nature fellows Driessens & Verstappen and Studio Drift, reflect on the current state of environmental politics and invite the audience to renew our initial predictions.

Materialism by Studio Drift is an ongoing research project in which we explore the everyday ‘made objects’ that surround us. By deproducing the produced, Materialism makes the essential nature of the world visible again.

The Coming World brings out a more lived and felt experience of the world in relation to new notions of the “natural.” The concepts of environmentalism and ecology are used to consider nature as an expanded field with interlinking biological, technological, social and political ecologies. It’s time to to imagine a new future where nature, humanity and other-than-human entities co-perform.

The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030-2100 will be on show from 28 June to 1 December at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. The exhibition is curated by Snejana Krasteva and Ekaterina Lazareva.

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