Practices and Conversations
Where is the Planetary? Day 2
On the second day of the event, the search for a common planetary practice becomes tangible. The five research questions are linked to a series of activities. The idea of a “primordial broth” serves as inspiration for a jointly designed recipe for the conditions of planetary habitability. By accumulating and recomposing ideas and material from cultural production and the built environment, participants pose questions about what needs our care, what should be preserved, and what should be left behind. Equitable, scalable processes of negotiation and deliberation are discussed into literal exhaustion. Collaboratively, participants write a sort of planetary script. All of this happens embedded in a film shoot led by Koki Tanaka. The running camera co-determines the course of the day.
“Mock Soup,” “Red Beans and Ricely Yours” and “Bastard Borsch”: this group tackles questions of planetary habitability through culinary cooperation. The simple question of to what extent different recipes may or may not successfully combine into one opens up space to discuss a seemingly unsolvable problem: How can we foster effective planetary collaboration despite differences, antagonisms and unequal historical responsibilities?
12 noon–10 pm
How do we tell planetary stories?
Facilitated by continent. (Jamie Allen, Paul Boshears, Nina Jäger, Lital Khaikin, Anna-Luisa Lorenz)
With Ravi Agarwal, Myung-Ae Choi, John Kim, Margarida Mendes, Claire Pentecost, Fernando Silva e Silva, Rebecca Snedeker, Nikiwe Solomon
The shortest distance between two points is often the most unbearable path to take, and slower might be the fastest way to get “there.” Many stories of scarcity and strife impel us toward callous growth and rapacious progress. Certain narratives of the Anthropocene presume dominion of this planet and its plenitudes – yet such (post)scripts are composed too hastily.
Presenting a durational intervention for Where is the Planetary?, the experimental publishing collective continent. works here and hereafter through the practice of détente. This group of artists, technologists, designers and editors proposes détente as a rest, pause, or expectant repose that occurs, creates, and accommodates. Malleable and anticipative, could the delayed entanglement of détente suggest adaptive otherways – other stories that are otherwise?
What are the bodily, social and psychic preconditions for creating possibilities of repair? This group enacts an intimate exercise of sculptural practice and reflection. Transforming ideas of ‘work’ as they collectively ‘work with’ problems of maintenance and care, participants build and rebuild an object assemblage that spans several meters – paying care-ful attention to the atmosphere around them and the materials in their hands. The patience to begin again and again will remain a priority, even when such repair aims at world-spanning ecosystems and the planetary limits we have repeatedly breached in the global era.
Where is the Planetary? Day 1
Presentations and Conversations
Oct 14, 2022
Where is the Planetary? Day 3
Oct 16, 2022