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After Petropolitics: The Politics and Economics of the Coming World

7–29 September 2019

DESCRIPTION

This project is open to artists, anthropologists, sound researchers, experts in media and geocinema, designers, web developers, and anyone who wishes to contribute to the study of the world after petropolitics.

Petropolitics reflects the fundamental role that the fossil fuels have been playing in human history and politics. It tells the story of a “conspiracy,” where crude oil acts as a lubricant for earthly narratives, shapes the planetary politics, and inevitably leads to the end of everything. But what if the Apocalypse does not bring the end of Earth, but the end of oil itself? Oil, the black sun of the Earth, is a non-renewable resource. It’s an investment made by organic life millions of years ago and which will be spent in a very short period of time. The end of petropolitics is looming. But the Earth will keep on spinning, creating new narratives and realities. Petropolitics will be replaced by a different, alternative politics of the Earth. But what will it be? Who will be its agent? What kind of histories will it produce?

The program will run along two tracks. The first one will be focused on the geology of petropolitics, the machinery behind fossil fuel narratives, and various versions of its ending based on the end of petropolitical topography in the post-Soviet space. The second will look into the precarious economies of a few settlements in Russia with a particular focus on the economies of groups and towns dependant on wild species. The tracks will come together during workshops involving the use of alternative mapping and energy agents.

ABOUT THE LECTURERS

Ippolit Markelov is a bio artist whose work is focused on interspecies communication, founder of 18 apples science art group. He studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Biology. He combines artistic research with neurobiological and bioengineering tools.


Katya Nikitina is an independent researcher in posthuman studies. She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland).


Nikita Sazonov is a philosopher and independent researcher, whose writings and art collaborations are focused on speculative philosophy, inhumanism and inhuman politics.

REQUIREMENTS

The project is open to artists, anthropologists, sound researchers, experts in media and geocinema, designers, web developers, and anyone who wishes to contribute to the study of the world after petropolitics.

Please note, that the organizers will not be able to cover travel and living costs for participants from other cities.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

To apply please send an email to posthumanlab@garagemca.org by August 31.

The email should contain

—an application;

—a CV;

—the applicant’s portfolio;

—a statement (or up to 500 words).

The portfolio should contain

  1. Examples of research, art or curating projects related to the subjects covered in the course.
  2. Any other works that show the applicant’s abilities in art and research.

In the statement, the applicant should explain how taking part in the course will be useful in the context of their experience and future plans.

The CV, portfolio and statement should be in .doc/.docx/pdf. The file names should contain the name of the applicant and the city they are applying from:

Ivanov_Ivan_Moscow_application
Ivanov_Ivan_Moscow_CV
Ivanov_Ivan_Moscow_Statement

HOW TO APPLY

Participation in the course is free based on an open competition.
The course is in Russian and English languages.

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