We are gearing up for the April 24-25 ECOPOESIS Symposium/Workshop in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. Joanna Zylinska is joining us from London, where she is on the faculty at Goldsmiths, University of London, as a theorist and artist. Her book, The End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse will serve as our thought starting point and guide. This is accompanied by Zylinska’s short film Exit Man.
Prior to that I will be presenting the project on a panel at the International Journal of Feminist Politics at Vanderbilt University, March 6 -7. Here are some words about what the ECOPOESIS thinks about —
ECOPOESIS is a conversation that began as a conversation between myself, Adam Marcus, and Chris Falliers — we are all colleagues at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
We believe in the power of gathering – to create a collective context and vocabulary, to see paths forward for humans and nonhumans alike.
We believe that apocalyptic visions for the future bolster instantiated racism, misogyny, and hypercapitalism with all its cruel tentacles.
We believe the future is feminist and we have imbued this platform with qualities that reflect feminist discourse in the ecologies.
And so we designed ECOPOESIS as a platform for gathering to share the feelings and thoughts that climate change sparks in each of us, to learn to message these feelings, towards greater solidarity with humans and nonhumans alike. We believe that if we can design this unsustainable world, we can design a better one.
The best part, aside from the shared made messaging, is the “hearth” and “community” we build during those hours: Gathering over homemade vegetarian meals, conversations buzzing, new thoughts, new colleagues, new paths forward. Despair is visible in all discussions of ecologies in the 21st century but there is also hope.