Rolien Hoyng: Models of the climate crisis: the quantitative and the speculative

May 7 2024 | 13:00 GMT

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A climate model in climate science is a proxy that does the work of standing in. It replaces the overwhelming complexity of the climate that can only be apprehended via a synoptic form, an abstraction. Yet the proxological role the model aspires to requires negotiating manifestations of agencies that for Stengers invoke the name of Gaia and to which Clark and Szerszynski respond with the idea of planetary multiplicity: a restless planet that is “self-incompatible,” “out of step” with itself, and “self-differentiating.” I am especially interested in how models of the Anthropocene that travel beyond science coalesce the quantitative and the speculative. Remarkably, while inscribed with indeterminacy, models, in their contemporary digital-algorithmic form, are the cornerstones of data-driven, quantified rationalities and numerical precision. Indeed, uncertainty and indeterminacy do not undermine the use of models but open up various possibilities and politics. Considering differential and situated experiences of these dynamics raises political and ethical questions over climate justice.

Rolien Hoyng is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. Her research addresses the cultural and political implications of digital infrastructures and data-centric technologies in particular contexts of practice, including smart cities, waste, and ecology. Currently, she is working on the role of digital models as uncertain mediations of the climate crisis. Her fieldwork sites reside in Turkey, China, and Europe.

The talk is part of CIIP Speaker Series organised in collaboration with MA Fine Art and MA GMM in the Department of Art and Media Technology, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

Remote Vision: Stephen Cornford & Harun Farocki screening

November 06, 2023 | 18:30 AEDT

Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney

Photographic imaging technologies have long been associated with important historical shifts in art practice. Cornford’s Spectral Indexand Farocki’s War at a Distanceexemplifythis legacy of artists reflecting on the role of new and developing imaging technologies in the contemporary world. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Cornford.

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Amy Cutler: Species Piracy

October 24, 2023 | 14:00 GMT

Winchester School of Art

Artist Amy Cutler will discuss her current commission from the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity for which she is working on the the world’s first analogue 16mm film created in collaboration with Artifical Intelligence. The resulting film, Species Piracywill premiere at Iklectik, London on Thursday 14 December 2023.

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Stephen Cornford: Four Million Tonnes per Annum

February 16 – March 23, 2024

Pound Arts, Corsham

This solo exhibition takes the rate of limestone extraction in North East Somerset as its title. The work considers the relationship between technology and landscape, how landscapes become technologised as infrastructures for industry. By combining timelapse infrared video of disused quarries across the South West with satellite images of phytoplankton blooms in the Arctic Ocean, this new installation addresses the impact of human activity on the planetary carbon cycle.

https://poundarts.org.uk/whats-on/stephen-cornford-exhibition/

Imani Jacqueline Brown: Black Ecologies

March 12, 2024 | 14:00 GMT

Winchester School of Art

Imani Jacqueline Brown (b. 1988) is an artist, activist, and architectural researcher from New Orleans, based in London. Her work investigates the ‘continuum of extractivism’, which spans from settler-colonial genocide and slavery to fossil fuel production, gentrification, and police and corporate impunity.
 In exposing the layers of violence and resistance that form the foundations of US society, she opens up space to imagine paths to ecological reparations.

https://imanijacquelinebrown.net/

CIIP at CSNI

Wednesday 06 March 2024 | 15.00-17.00 GMT

Borough Road Gallery, London South Bank University.

A presentation of CIIP at Center for the Study of the Networked Image (LSBU). The seminar will include presentations by the two co-directors of CIIP, Dr Alexandra Anikina and Dr Stephen Cornford, both of whom work between artistic research and theoretical writing. Sasha’s recent work is focusing on affective infrastructures and techno-animist assemblages. Stephen’s research considers the relationship between photographic and planetary space, between the technical image and its collateral landscapes.

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