ECOPOESIS at the 2020 International Journal of Feminist Politics conference

Joanna Zylinska is our 2020 thought leader for ECOPOESIS at CCA.

On March 7, we are presenting at the IFJP conference at Vanderbilt University. While I am solo on the mic, my collaborators Adam Marcus and Chris Falliers are with me in spirit! Here are some words. Happy to share the paper/deck with any and all — and to come out and do a little ECOPOESING with groups that are keen!!!

“The Ecopoesis Project was founded in 2018 by me and two architects, Adam Marcus and Chris Falliers, and is a multi-year sequence of collaborative, interdisciplinary think-tanks, seminars, and workshops exploring front-line concerns around ecologies, climate, and the language and spatial presence of these concepts. It is a collaboration between California College of the Arts MFA Writing Program and the CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab. Our paper for the IFJP conference details our work to date, as well as enacts a form of Ecopoesis through interactions with your questions.

“Each prototype of Ecopoesis helps us to better understand language and visual vocabularies of/for ecological contemplation and agency; messages and means of communication; and the use of speculative representation. This is a form of climate activism derived from locating an aesthetic of climate and a collaborative conversation about how this makes us feel. We see this as a counter to the facts of collapsing ecologies that bombard us each day, from realities such as enormous fires in California, where the word “October” no longer brings to mind autumn, pumpkin spice lattes, and sexy costumes, but the entire world ablaze — harsh, dry conditions ignited by aging transformers and power lines poorly maintained by our privatized electrical company, PG&E.

“We ascribe to a partnership approach in all of our Ecopoesis actions, each of which presupposes an understanding of Earth as Val Plumwood argued, “not as human property to be disposed of for purely human benefit, but as shared with nonhuman species, elements and forces which are seen as having equal tenure.” (Feminist Ecologies, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)