Felix Guattari


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November 3rd – December 11th, 2011

Riga and Liepaja

“Techno-Ecologies is the theme of this year’s Art+Communication festival, the 13th edition of which will take place in Riga from November 3 – 6, 2011, featuring conference (November 4–5) and exhibition (November 4 – December 11) as well as broad programme of performances, screenings, public lectures and workshops in Riga and Liepaja, Latvia.”

“Techno-Ecologies builds upon the concerns of Felix Guattari (the French philosopher and co-conspirator of Gilles Deleuze) about the lack of an integrated perspective on the dramatic techno-scientific transformations the Earth has undergone in recent times. Guattari urges to take three crucially important ‘ecological registers’ into account: the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.”

“Techno-Ecologies will develop a discussion between artists, theorists, designers, environmental scientists, technologists, responsible entrepreneurs and activists to develop this perspective. Diversity, social and ecological sustainability, and a much deeper understanding of technology as an extension of [their] desires are the building blocks that [they] want to bring together to build a perspective that can help [them] chart less hazardous routes into the future than the ones currently travelled.”

more info: http://rixc.lv/11/

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Making links: John Thackara, Felix Guattari, Heath Bunting

MICHAELA CRIMMIN: One of John Thakera???s inspiring newsletters containing accounts of his activities has just come through. It includes a generous reference to Arts & Ecology and eureka, I get it. The blogosphere is all about making connections, rather than as I???ve previously thought, the musings of frequently brilliant, witty, provocative individuals following linear lines of enquiry as they drink their morning coffee.

Connections are inherent in the word ???ecology???. When we first set up Arts & Ecology in 2005 it was Felix Guattari???s interpretation that seemed so right. It was important that we had a framework that was trans-disciplinary with a project promoting and debating artists??? responses to current environmental challenges. You can???t leave out philosophy or politics or economics or sociology, or the arts, when addressing the complexity of climate change and its effects. (If Descartes saw how we are exploiting the environment surely he would have thought differently?)

On the 5th anniversary of Facebook, here???s to relationships, here???s to blogs! And here???s to encouraging connections in virtual and real space. There???s plenty to explore in both, including Heath Bunting???s work for a new exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery opening on 11 February. I really encourage you to open the link here. And of course there???s the new exhibition Altermodern that opened at Tate Britain yesterday.

Illustration: Woman, from An A-Z of The System by Heath Bunting 2007. All the maps are online here, and discussed here. 

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