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The Planetary: the Globes of Globalization and Global Warming

Is the globe of globalization the same as the globe of global warming? While environmental connections have historically been the domain of the natural sciences, the political, economic and cultural infrastructures and connectivities of globalization, with which discourses of art are often associated, have been relegated to the humanities. In an effort to consider how these two perspectives on the planet’s interconnectivities might relate to one another, this panel brought together speakers from the fields of art, anthropology, and history, who each addressed the politics and ethics of scale, visibility, and violence. In the videos below, anthropologist Joseph Masco addresses the development of the planetary imaginary as one that grew out of nuclear testing and fallout, which in turn gave rise to an ecological imagination; historian Dipesh Chakrabarty discusses the differences between human time and geological time and the role of the arts in conceptualizing the Anthropocene; anthropologist Ann Stoler considers the environmental effects of colonialism and problematizes periodizations that consider the climate crisis as a recent phenomenon; and Jumana Manna finds connections between two seed banks, one in Aleppo, Syria and the other in Svalbard, Norway, in terms of histories of industrial agriculture, colonialism, and the fraught politics of preservation. Taken together, environmental and postcolonial considerations are brought together to consider the environmental effects of colonialism and the colonial imprints on environmental discourses.

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Sarah Lookofsky

Associate Director, International Program The Museum of Modern Art Sarah Lookofsky joined the The Museum of Modern Art in March 2014. Prior to working at MoMA, she was a faculty member and the instructor for curatorial studies at the... Read more »
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The Planetary: the Globes of Globalization and Global Warming

Is the globe of globalization the same as the globe of global warming? While environmental connections have historically been the domain of the natural sciences, the political, economic and cultural infrastructures and connectivities of globalization, with which discourses of art are often associated, have been relegated to the humanities. In an effort to consider how these two perspectives on the planet’s interconnectivities might relate to one another, this panel brought together speakers from the fields of art, anthropology, and history, who each addressed the politics and ethics of scale, visibility, and violence. In the videos below, anthropologist Joseph Masco addresses the development of the planetary imaginary as one that grew out of nuclear testing and fallout, which in turn gave rise to an ecological imagination; historian Dipesh Chakrabarty discusses the differences between human time and geological time and the role of the arts in conceptualizing the Anthropocene; anthropologist Ann Stoler considers the environmental effects of colonialism and problematizes...

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Is the globe of globalization the same as the globe of global warming? While environmental connections have historically been the domain of the natural sciences, the political, economic and cultural infrastructures and connectivities of globalization, with which discourses of art are often associated, have been relegated to the humanities. In an effort to consider how these two perspectives on the planet’s interconnectivities might relate to one another, this panel brought together speakers from the fields of art, anthropology, and history, who each addressed the politics and ethics of scale, visibility, and violence. In the videos below, anthropologist Joseph Masco addresses the development of the planetary imaginary as one that grew out of nuclear testing and fallout, which in turn gave rise to an ecological imagination; historian Dipesh Chakrabarty discusses the differences between human time and geological time and the role of the arts in conceptualizing the Anthropocene; anthropologist Ann Stoler considers the environmental effects of colonialism and problematizes periodizations that consider the climate crisis as a recent phenomenon; and Jumana Manna finds connections between two seed banks, one in Aleppo, Syria and the other in Svalbard, Norway, in terms of histories of industrial agriculture, colonialism, and the fraught politics of preservation. Taken together, environmental and postcolonial considerations are brought together to consider the environmental effects of colonialism and the colonial imprints on environmental discourses.

The Multiplication of Perspectives: The Planetary. Introduction by Sarah Lookofsky

The Multiplication of Perspectives: The Planetary. Jumana Manna

The Multiplication of Perspectives: The Planetary. Dipesh Chakrabarty

The Multiplication of Perspectives: The Planetary. Laura Stoler

The Multiplication of Perspectives: The Planetary. Joseph P. Masco

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This Seminar is part of: Multiplying Perspectives, in Practice