Text by CLOT Magazine
Manege Central Exhibition Hall continues its series of discussions as part of the NEW NOW, an international online platform. NEW NOW is a forum for dialogue, generating new meanings, and rethinking our relationship with ourselves in a changing world. The programme is a response to the most vivid ideological transformations and challenges of modernity and aid in creating our common future.
What is the ecological agenda of today and what are the main concepts it entails? They will explore topics from the Anthropocene theory, “dark ecology”, and the “sixth extinction”, to the “climate renaissance”, criticism of “white supremacy”, and the decolonisation of eco-activism practices. What role do cultural institutions and interdisciplinary practices play in the emergence of a new kind of ecological thinking? And what is each individual’s personal responsibility in this changing world? These are some of the questions that will come up during the discussion.
Lucia Pietroiusti, curator of ecological programs at the Serpentine Galleries in London, will discuss how cultural institutions work with issues connected with the environment and what practical tools they might offer for actions we can take every day. While researcher and eco-activist Suzanne Dhaliwal will focus on the eco-political aspects of climate change and will also discuss her work with indigenous peoples on the front lines of environmental catastrophes. The discussion is moderated by the NEW NOW programme creator Anna Kirikova.
The third discussion, New ecological thinking: art initiatives and eco-activism, will take place on November 18 at 8 p.m. (UTC +3). You can register to participate in the discussion here.