The World in Which We Occur

The World in Which We Occur
18/06/2016
- 19/06/2016
Schedule: 
17:30
Price: 
0,00 €
The World in Which We Occur
18/06/2016
- 19/06/2016
Schedule: 
17:30
Price: 
0,00 €
Body: 
The World in Which We Occur is an event series co-led by Margarida Mendes and Jennifer Teets, taking place live over the telephone, and formulated around questions addressed by speakers across the world. Embarking on modern day issues rooted in the history of materiality and flux as well as pertinent politically enmeshed scientific affairs shaping our world today, the series’ premise is one of interrogation and epistemic search. To date, The World in Which We Occur has hosted sessions on the core debates of the Anthropocene, pharmakons (the body and the earth as a remedy and a poison), molecular colonialism in the reign of microorganisms, grief and climate change, and states of reserve and the legality of invisible regimes. It is currently exploring resource fetishism as its primary axis for the Lisbon presentation where it will bring together voices on water politics and earth metabolisms, from the perspective of art, science, law, the humanities, and activism.
 
Loosely inspired by, and set in the legacy of hybrids growing out of artist James Lee Byars’ 1969 "World Question Centre," The World in Which We Occur underlines the necessity for inquiry over an assertiveness of responses. “Could you offer us a question that you feel is pertinent in regards to your own evolution of knowledge?” asks Byars at the end of the line. The World in Which We Occur unveils incentives or queries as to generate further questions to build upon. It also aims to open up other areas of knowledge and speculation stemming from the core exercise of explicating one’s relationship within the current state of nature, in an era of erratic climatic behaviors. As a curation of voices, each session departs from an assisted dialing room set in an auditorium and is shared with an audience of listeners. The sessions are outsourced in the form of a growing archive.  
 
Saturday, June 18, 5:30 p.m
 
Water Politics 
At a time when we need to rethink the distribution of resources beyond the perimeter of the nation-state, the sole notion of property needs to be reconsidered. At this very moment, multinational corporations invade the lawless breaches of international waters, colonizing nature, and developing matrixes of energetic resource exploitation that neglect the balance of the biosphere. In the meantime, toxicity levels have risen to unparalleled degrees across lands, just as access to clean water in the Global South is strongly regulated by the trade relations of the Global North. How can we comprehend the fluidity of ecosystemic relations and the need for new models of political resilience? 
 
Joyeeta Gupta - Lawyer, Professor of environment and development in the global south, University of Amsterdam
João Camargo  - Animal scientist, environmental engineer and activist
Ravi Agarwal - Artist, environmental activist

 
Sunday, June 19, 5:30 p.m
 
Earth Metabolisms
 
Peturbations are now common to energy flows in the different spheres of life. What happens when technology rivals nature and uses energy to transform information and materials (data, fossil fuels, solar energy, wind and hydropower) and guide the metabolism of matter? What constitutes its dynamical flow? How have whole cycles within the Biosphere and Technosphere been transformed, deviated, and modified by human extended metabolism? How does contemporary sociometabolism compare with the current metabolism of the terrestrial biosphere?
 
Mi You - Researcher at Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Paul N. Edwards - Professor of Information and History at the University of Michigan
Peter Fend - artist
 
Jennifer Teets is a curator, writer, researcher, and occasional performer based in Paris. Her research and writing combines inquiry, sciences studies, philosophy, and ficto-critique, and performs as an interrogative springboard for her curatorial practice. She is currently exhibiting Elusive Earths III at Parallel, Oaxaca, Mexico until June 2016.
 
Margarida Mendes is a curator, writer and activist based in Lisbon. She has directed the project space The Barber Shop, where she hosts a programme of seminars and residencies dedicated to artistic and philosophical research, since 2009. She is part of the curatorial team of the 11th Gwangju Biennale.