If exploitation of fossil fuels was essential to development during the Industrial Revolution, the creation of cultural imaginaries establishing a productivist worldview has been no less important in “legitimating” ecocidal practices and the colonial extractivist project. In this encounter, Jaime Vindel and Cesar Rendueles will examine imaginaries of energy and the eco-social crisis in an attempt to advance some hypotheses serving to enable the reconstruction of aesthetics in light of the contributions of political ecology, specifically its eco-Marxist dimension, in a conversation for situating the intersections and tensions generated between energy’s physical dimension and imaginary dimension, both crucial to structuring a collective vision of the future.

Jaime Vindel is a member of PEI (Independent Studies Program) management. He holds a European PhD in Art History and a master’s degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences. He is also a researcher with the Ramón y Cajal Programme of the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council, where he is working on a study on the relationship between the metaphors of thermodynamics and the cultural metaphors of fossil modernity.

César Rendueles is a professor of sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has edited classic texts by Karl Marx, Walter Benjamin, Karl Polanyi, Jeremy Bentham and Antonio Gramsci. He is the author of Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia (2013), Capitalismo canalla. Una historia personal del capitalismo a través de la literatura (2015), En bruto. Una reivindicación del materialismo histórico (2016) and Contra la igualdad de oportunidades: Un panfleto igualitarista (2020), among other works. 

Activity carried out in collaboration with the Open City Thinking Biennale. It is organized on the occasion of the publication of the essay Estética fósil. Imaginarios de la energía y crisis ecosocial, the seventh volume of the et al. collection, co-edited by MACBA and Arcàdia. 

 

PROGRAMME

Thursday 15 October, 7 pm. Free. Fully booked.

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