Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence

Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence

#6 What makes people sick? Racial capitalism and the politics of suffocation

#6 What makes people sick? Racial capitalism and the politics of suffocation

#6 What makes people sick? Racial Capitalism and the Politics of Suffocation, with Françoise Vergès and Edna Bonhomme, A Podcast by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).
The current environmental crises are rooted in racial capitalist exploitation of both humans and nature. The basic elements of life such as water and fire are violently turned into ‘cheap’ commodities and weaponised against unprivileged communities. “I can’t breathe” , echoed by Black communities around the planet, speaks to a politics of suffocation that works both through social oppression and environmental devastation. Activist and theorist Françoise Vergès engages in a discussion with writer and science historian Edna Bonhomme around the feminist and decolonial aspects of the question of what makes people sick, the racially differentiated exposition to environmental risks, the relation between cleaning and care, and the revolutionary potential of dreaming.

#5 Beyond The End Of The World?

#5 Beyond The End Of The World? with T.J. Demos and The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun), A Podcast by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
Art theorist T.J. Demos, author of “Against the Anthropocene” and “Decolonizing Nature”, engages in this podcast edition of “Burning Futures” in a discussion with the artist collective The Otolith Group, founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. Taking their recent film “INFINITY Minus Infinity” - that we show at HAU 3000 - as point of departure, the discussion touches on genocide and ecocide at the origins of what is now called the Anthropocene, the biopolitics of citizenship and deportation, and the loss around which the Black Lives Matter movement assembles, as well as on art as a means to imagine eco-fictional and afrofuturist futures that go beyond the end of the world. Until 28 July, you can watch the film “INFINITY Minus Infinity” here: https://www.hebbel-am-ufer.de/en/podcast-burning-futures-5/

#4 Coexistence, Planetarity and Uncertainty

#4: Coexistence, Planetarity and Uncertainty with Patricia Reed, A Podcast by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
The situation of our present can be seen as an historic consequence of emphasizing “existence” over “coexistence” – a picturing of the human motivated only by securing its own existential material wants. In her lecture, artist, designer and writer Patricia Reed examines the term “planetarity” (coming from Earth System sciences) as a demand for a perspectival shift to coexistence, in order to be able to access different scales of reality – including more-than-human interdependencies. How does “planetarity” recondition our understanding of the “local”, how do picturings of the human change when upheld relationally, and how are linkages to be built between scientific knowledge and socio-political responsibilities?

#3 Big Farms make Big Flu oder Die politische Ökologie der Epidemien

#3 Big Farms Make Big Flu, The Political Ecology of Epidemics with Rob Wallace, A Podcast by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
In search of explanations for the spread of the coronavirus, the discussion is increasingly turning to the relationship between industrial agriculture and livestock farming, ecological degradation, and viral epidemiology. In “Big Farms Make Big Flu”, Rob Wallace, evolutionary biologist and writer, investigates how endless human intervention in nature causes the spread of deadly infectious diseases. In his lecture for “Burning Futures”, he will combine his arguments on the political ecology of epidemics with the theoretical and practical consequences of Covid-19.

#2 Fossil Economies, Degrowth Ecologies

#2 Fossil Economies, Degrowth Ecologies with Andreas Malm, Andrea Vetter and Tadzio Müller, A Podcast by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
The second edition of the podcast series documents a live discussion at the HAU theatre, which focusses around the questions: Why are we so dependent on fossil fuels? What role do they play in our growth-centred economies? Can there be green, environmentally sustainable growth? And finally: Is it too late to initiate a transformation to prevent a climate catastrophe? Andreas Malm (“Fossil Capital”, “The Progress of This Storm. Nature and Society in a Warming World”), Andrea Vetter (“Degrowth/Postwachstum. An Introduction”) and Tadzio Müller (political scientist, climate justice activist) discuss the relation between fossil capital, economical growth and degrowth ecologies.

#1 Facing Extinction

#1 Facing Extinction with Franco Berardi Bifo, Marcela Vecchione, and Antonia Majaca, A Podcast by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)

The environmental disasters that we are currently facing have already had fatal consequences for many individuals, groups and species. And they deepen the inequalities along race, class and gender lines. The least responsible suffer the most. How do we deal with the fact that we are too late to reverse them? What would it mean to think from the end and deal responsibly with the coming disasters? And what exactly is ending: the world, humanity, biodiversity or faith in the Western way of life? Theorist Franco Berardi Marcela Vecchione, professor at the Institute for Advanced Amazonian Studies, and feminist theorist Antonia Majaca discuss these ecopolitical questions with respect to anitcapitalist, decolonial and feminist struggles.