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Centre d'Estudis i Documentació (CED), Planta 0

The emergence of geology as an agent in the debates on political ecology highlights the loss of humankind’s centrality when considering the future. As we dismiss the imaginary of there being a future saviour – either through human technologies or through revolutionary means – we confront evidence that the only absolutely global thing is the possibility of an end of the world as we know it in the very near future. This new shared precariousness stripped of a humanist approach provides a political (and aesthetic) platform from which to question the relationships between the living and the very notion of life. Here, humankind is no longer an ethical judge controlling such matters: we humans are, in fact, the obstacle.

Curated by: Research of the cultural ecologies group PEI 2019–2020, coordinated by Alberto Berzosa and Jaime Vindel. 

Members: Luna Acosta, Renan Araujo, Bia Bittencourt, Gian Cruz, Rafael Frazão, Karen, Ánxela Louzao, Maíra das Neves, José Platzeck , Lucas Pretti, Carolina Seligra

The emergence of geology as an agent in the debates on political ecology highlights the loss of humankind’s centrality when considering the future. As we dismiss the imaginary of there being a future saviour – either through human technologies or through revolutionary means – we confront evidence that the only absolutely global thing is the possibility of an end of the world as we know it in the very near future. This new shared precariousness stripped of a humanist approach provides a political (and aesthetic) platform from which to question the relationships between the living and the very notion of life. Here, humankind is no longer an ethical judge controlling such matters: we humans are, in fact, the obstacle. The critical task underlying this exhibition is no longer addressed to the human actions surrounding the ecological problem, but to the need to find an ecopolitics based on, and together with, the non-human. The PEI’s cultural ecologies group is undertaking a review of the pedagogies of progress, linked to an inevitable productivism, with the aim of designing counter-learning methodologies for unlearning the human form and promoting the condition of shared living while listening to the urgent voice of other forms of existence through which to face an impossible future. The result of this collective work takes shape in a series of nodes that outline the spaces of ecopolitical discussion today. These are: invasive plants, animals without papers, productivised trees and landscapes, monsters, fungi and migrant bacteria, with water as a conductive thread. In the exhibition, each is articulated by a selection of documents, photographs, comics, stickers, videos, maps, illustrations, books and works taken from archives and collections that already exist or are in the process of production (including material from MACBA’s own Archive and Collection). The exhibition will also be accompanied by a programme of public activities. 

This exhibition is part of Education from Below, a project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

logo- def- cofinanciado por el programa Europa Creativa de la Unión Europea
 
I’d really like to think that the artist could be just another kind of material in the picture, working in collaboration with all the other materials.
Robert Rauschenberg