Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon

Supercommunity Live: The Climatic Unconscious

October 30-31, 2015
Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon

Supercommunity Live: The Climatic Unconscious is a program of lectures and screenings organized by e-flux journal and Remai Modern. Participating artists and contributors include Remai Modern staff, e-flux editors Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood and Anton Vidokle, with special guests Kader Attia, Raymond Boisjoly, Natasha Ginwala, Wietske Maas, Pedro Neves Marques, Matteo Pasquinelli, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Mohammad Salemy.

Supercommunity Live extends from e-flux journal’s four-month publishing project for the 2015 Venice Biennale. Together, the 88 contributions from a wide range of authors testify to a profound shift in the status of humanity with regard to the planet. Unstable market forces, the consequences of colonialism, and changes in the Earth’s biosphere have combined to undermine and even invert the border between human and nature that the modern period sought to order and stabilize, often with extreme violence. Today, the resulting crisis in the very idea of what constitutes humanity and nature as distinct entities is only further provoked by economic and political events that don’t seem to be reducible to the command of either one.

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Hotel
The James Hotel is the official hotel partner for Supercommunity Live. For a preferred rate, please call +1 (306) 244-6446. Supercommunity Live guests are also eligible to receive a preferred rate at the Sheraton Hotel. To reserve, please call +1 (306) 652-6770 and ask for in-house reservations—advise them you would like to book into the Remai Modern group block.

Both hotels are centrally located. They are a short distance from the venue: a 15 minute walk or less than 5 minutes by car [link to map].

 

About the Project
Supercommunity Live extends from e-flux journal’s four-month publishing project for the 2015 Venice Biennale. Together, the 88 contributions from a wide range of authors testify to a profound shift in the status of humanity with regard to the planet. Unstable market forces, the consequences of colonialism, and changes in the Earth’s biosphere have combined to undermine and even invert the border between human and nature that the modern period sought to order and stabilize, often with extreme violence. Today, the resulting crisis in the very idea of what constitutes humanity and nature as distinct entities is only further provoked by economic and political events that don’t seem to be reducible to the command of either one.

The vast scale of these shifts calls for an equally expansive community of thinkers to be assembled just to begin to identify the shape of the problem. It is paradoxical that it is through art, as a form consciousness, a field of work, and as its own extensive world, that these questions can be addressed in their full scope precisely due to art’s place at the very center of the humanist tradition. But maybe not so paradoxical: as many members of the supercommunity have pointed out, the merging and confusing of humanity with its ecological or planetary other is not only leading to the mutual eradication of humanity and the end of the world. It is also leading to a profound enhancement and advancement in the understanding of what constitutes human life.

Changes in our planet’s biosphere are no longer only about climate. They now draw into their orbit an entire range of abstract forces previously thought to serve humanity by protecting it from its outside. Today, the climatic unconscious may hold the key to unlocking the contradictions of a planet that became unfamiliar and inhospitable when it was globalized. Because climate conditions hold people together when nothing else does, on glorious days and in apocalyptic floods. This is why people around the world talk about the weather when they don’t have anything else in common. Because people always have the weather in common.

A specific notion of humanity must now be filled in with what it could not fully expel in the past: indigenous worlds, natural and supernatural forces, divinatory financial and political futures, the discreet charm and persistent sociability of capital, and the autonomous will of technological extensions producing new natures that no longer answer to the humans who wrote the software. If today’s contemporary art often seems a confusing and overextended mess, it may very well be because it is already confronting this emerging reality from within its very center.

For more information contact Troy Gronsdahl at tgronsdahl@remaimodern.org or +1 (306) 975-8487.

 


Supercommunity Live is generously supported by the University of Saskatchewan.
The James Hotel is the Supercommunity Live hotel partner.

The James HotelUniversity of Saskatchewan

 

Remai Modern gratefully acknowledges funding from the City of Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, and Canadian Heritage.

Remai Modern gratefully acknowledges funding from the City of Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, and Canadian Heritage.