In other words, waste generated by Western imperialism or produced for the comfort and consumption of privileged white people ends up being dumped on racialized people, either at home in impoverished racialized neighborhoods, or in the countries of the Global South.
Equally inspired by medieval bestiaries and observations of our damaged planet, A Bestiary of the Anthropocene is a compilation of hybrid creatures of our time. Designed as a field handbook, it aims at helping us observe, navigate, and orientate into the increasingly artificial fabric of the world.
Plastiglomerates, surveillance robot dogs, fordite, artificial grass, antenna trees, Sars-Covid-2, decapitated mountains, drone-fighting eagles, standardised bananas… each of these specimens are symptomatic of the rapidly transforming “post-natural” era we live in. Often without us even noticing them, these creatures exponentially spread and co-exist with us.
A Bestiary of the Anthropocene seeks to capture this precise moment when the biosphere and technosphere merge and mesh into one new hybrid body. What happens when technologies and their unintended consequences become so ubiquitous that it is difficult to define what is “natural” or not? What does it mean to live in a hybrid environment made of organic and synthetic matter? What new specimens are currently populating our planet at the beginning of the 21st century?
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Translating the abstraction—and banalities—of the Anthropocene into readable cartography has resulted in many past attempts that often ended up reproducing those same qualities. But, as Brian Holmes asserts in this essay, we seem to have found ourselves in a moment where collaboration, engagement, and new forms of knowledge exchange are breaking that deadlock. Tracing his own involvement with artistic practices that both engage with and attempt to represent a “political ecology,” Holmes explains how the evolving, collaborative cartographic practice that brought the Mississippi. An Anthropocene River map into being simultaneously reveals and interrogates the power structures of Anthropocence society.
Se você espera sobreviver às catastrófes que antecedem o fim do mundo, deve pensar em alguns itens para colocar na mochila. Aliás, mochilinha. Carregar peso desnecessário não é uma boa ideia...
McKenzie Wark is a theorist who focuses on media and new media. He is interested in new media technology, intellectual property, computer games, and new media art and culture. He is the author of Spectacle of Dissintegration (2013), The Beach Beneath the Street (2011), A Hacker Manifesto (2004), and Gamer Theory (2007). This interview is exclusively about his latest book, Molecular Red, Theory for the Anthropocene (2015), which focuses on science fiction, labor, utopia and anthropocene.