The Collapsing of a Model looks to detonate discussions about how the current mining- energetic model functions at national and continental levels in the Americas, understanding nature not only as a scenario for violence, but also as a victim, as well as a prize and commodity of this model. During the seminar we will study a few case studies to identify stakeholders, and look at how peasant and indigenous rural communities, as well as urban vulnerable communities, have organized against ´slow violence´, proposed alternative and autonomous local energy models towards a fair energy transition, and fostered processes of re-construction of environmental historical memory as a first step towards non-repetition.
The case-studies we will focus on are:
The faulty and recently constructed Ituango hydro-dam in Antioquia-Colombia.
The collapsing of mine-tailing dams in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The decommissioning of dams in the Lower Elwha and Klallam rivers in the US Pacific Northwest.
A local consequence of climate change, such as the current state of the Everglades and/or the climate gentrification taking place in Liberty City in Miami.
The current mining-energetic model is based on fossil fuel and hydro-energy extraction, and is anchored in a necropolitical structure, which generates capital and social order from the death of rivers, death of fish, death of people and communities, and the death of ideas. As a consequence of this dictatorial mining-energetic model across the Americas, there’s been exile, dispossession and dispersion of communities, as well as encroached corruption at the highest political and economic levels. We will discuss rural and urban displacement and dispossession, in relation to water and mining-energy infrastructures, such as the construction of large hydroelectric power plants, highway systems and large-scale extraction of minerals, under the prism of ecofeminism and environmental justice.
The Collapsing of a ModelMon, Jul 15, 20192:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tue, Jul 16, 20192:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wed, Jul 17, 20192:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thu, Jul 18, 20192:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Carolina Caycedo is a London-born Colombian artist. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina’s artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist’s process of research and acting. Since 2012 she has developed “Be Dammed,” a body of work that investigates relationships of movement and containment, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, addressing contexts, groups and communities that are affected by extractivist industries and infrastructural projects, such as the constructions of dams, the privatization of water, and its consequences on riverside and rural ecosystems. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession, Intermediae- Matadero Madrid, Agnes B Gallery Paris, Alianza Francesa Bogotá, Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, and DAAD Gallery in Berlin. She has participated in international biennials including Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019) Made in LA, Hammer Biennial (2018), São Paulo (2016), Berlin (2014), Paris Triennial (2013), New Museum (2011), Havana (2009), Whitney (2006), Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001). She has held residencies at The Huntington Gardens, Libraries and Art Collections in San Marino, California (2018), and at DAAD artists-in-Berlin program (2012), amongst others. Caycedo has received funding from Creative Capital, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Harpo Foundation, Art Matters, Colombian Culture Ministry, Arts Council UK, and Prince Claus Fund. Upcoming solo museum shows include Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Orange County Museum of Art, and ICA Boston. She will be a 2020 visiting artist at the NTU-CCA in Singapore, Caycedo is an active member of the Los Angeles Tenants Union and the Rios Vivos Colombia Social Movement.
Nixon, Rob. “Unimagined Communities: Megadams, Monumental Modernity, and Developmental Refugees,” in Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013): 150-174.