This lecture is introduced by prof. Rosi Braidotti.
This talk focuses on the environmental hazards surrounding the urban; the talk offers a view to the molecular haze that surrounds the overly developed industrial waste lands of megacities. The photochemistry of smog is a residual of the capitalocene as an unevenly distributed chemical reminder of the industrial and supposedly post-industrial production. By way of discussing such themes, an alternative sense of the molecular aesthetics of the anthropocene is offered – a theme that discusses the other side of contemporary technological cities; smart cities, ancient pollution.
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht organizes the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.