This website is a documentation of a research project which I started in 2015 thanks to the support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. It is also a book in progress that will develop over time. My main idea is to present various perspectives on cultural practices in the current so called "ecological crisis”, which is known under the term of the Anthropocene. The official acknowledgment of the Anthropocene as a geologic epoch is still ahead, but the cultural and political meaning of this concept is already recognized among different disciplines and by artists, activists, journalists and scholars. I believe that the current debates around environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity , ocean acidification, etc. have to be linked with a reflection on serious limitations of capitalist world-system and the values it promotes.
The question is how art, design, architecture and other aesthetic activities can help to understand, represent, problematize and enhance engagement in global ecology? Do they have the power to re-connect humanity with the environment - physically, mentally, symbolically? What are the relations between the organization of knowledge proposed by aesthetics and scientific procedures? What does it mean to invoke the rhetorics of crisis, extinction, apocalypse in the context of the Anthropocene?
Aleksandra Jach works as a curator at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. She is also PhD candidate in Environmental Humanities at University of Warsaw.
Recent exhibition projects include “Cleaning Carpet” (with Maciej Cholewiński, 2011); “Construction in Process 1981: A Community That Came?” (with Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska, 2011); “Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit” (with Katarzyna Słoboda, Joanna Sokołowska, and Magdalena Ziółkowska, 2011); “Testing (re)production” (with Katarzyna Słoboda, Magdalena Ziółkowska, 2013); “Labour in a Single Shot: A Project by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki” (with Joanna Sokołowska, 2013); “If Only the Eyes Could Lie,” Krakow International Festival of Theatrical Reminiscences, 2013; “Apple. An Introduction. (Over and over again): Antje Majewski, Paweł Freisler and Fundacja Transformacja, feat. Jimmie Durham, Grzegorz Hodun, Kooperatywa Spożywcza w Łodzi, Miejskie Darcie Pierza, Agnieszka Polska, Piotr Życieński” (with Joanna Sokołowska, 2014); “Avant-garde and Socrealism” (with Marta Olejniczak, Piotr Olkusz); and “Everything Is Connected to Everything Else,” Festival of Literary Translators in Gdańsk (2015).
Proofreaders: Anna Columbine, Talia Shak.
Anna Columbine - She is a visual artist, primarily interested in exploring and responding to the idea of anxiety and uncertainty, in regards to human relationships with the environment and technology. Her practice is process based, centred around image and object making by means of drawing and installation and photography; working in a mostly analogous way. More: http://www.annacolumbine.com