The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG), an International Symposium

Wednesday, October 18 2017, 9:00 am - 5:15 pm
HEAD, Boulevard Helvétique 9, salle 25
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A one-day international symposium gathers artists and scholars researching planetary change through transdisciplinary methods and approaches. Presentations will include a preview of The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG) online platform.

TAAG studies how the human and nonhuman assemblages of one urban ecology, Geneva, are responding to a changing climate and planet. A research focus on local networks of human actors (including citizens and artists, as well as scientific institutions, international organizations and NGOs) establishes a context for encounters with nonhuman agents (migrating climates, trees with ritual functions, rocks bearing names, mobile toxins). 

With its rich networks, Geneva is an exemplary terrain for launching such an investigation. What scientific, political and artistic representations emerge in this context? In what ways do these representations render human impacts available to reflection and feelings? How are knowledges of planetary change performed in everyday practices? And how do such knowledges put into question longstanding assumptions about the human and the nonhuman?

TAAG is a research project at HEAD-Genève/Geneva School of Art and Design and is supported by the Swiss National Scientific Foundation (SNSF).

Free entry
The presentations will be in English
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9h00 - 9h30

Charlotte Laubard, Dean of Visual Arts, HEAD – Genève 
Gene Ray, TAAG Project Director, HEAD-Genève

9h30 - 11h00
Localizing the Anthropocene: The TAAG Online Platform
Aurélien Gamboni, TAAG Researcher, HEAD – Genève 
Janis Schroeder, TAAG Researcher, HEAD – Genève 
Kate McHugh Stevenson, TAAG Researcher, HEAD – Genève 

11h15 - 12h45
Panel 1: Détournements of the Capitalocene
Iain Boal, Author and Social Historian 
David Cross, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London 
Nils Norman, Artist

Lunch Break

14h00 - 15h30
Panel 2: Terrapolitics of the Anthropocene 
Anna Grichting, Qatar University, Doha
Armin Linke, Artist and Filmmaker 
Philippe Rekacewicz, Cartographer, Geographer and Journalist

15h45 - 17h15
Panel 3: Sustainable Research Ecologies
Sacha Kagan, Leuphana University, Lüneburg
Catherine Quéloz, HEAD – Genève
Liliane Schneiter, HEAD – Genève

Closing Words
Jean-Pierre Greff, Director HEAD – Genève

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