|When||November 12, 2019 05:00 PM|
|Where||Wieboldt Hall, Room 207|
|Contact Information||Center for Latin American Studies|
|Description||Jens Andermann, New York University |
The collapse of a tailings dam at Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, on January 25, 2019, which killed more than two hundred people (with many more still missing) and released 12 million cubic meters of toxic mud into the local ecosystem, is only the latest iteration of what Isabelle Stengers calls "the irruption of Gaia". The deadly mud wave, Andermann suggests, did away not just with the idea of "nature" as an inert repository deposit of extractible matter but also with its aesthetic correlate, the landscape-form. Brumadinho, incidentally, is also home to the Contemporary Art Institute and Botanical Garden of Inhotim, perhaps Latin American largest outdoor art space housing the personal collection of mining magnate Bernardo Paz.
This talk mobilizes the notion of inmundo or the un-world, to reflect about landscape both giving way to, and revealing to have always already been grounded in, the abjection of the Earth. It does so by discussing key instances of Latin American aesthetic and intellectual engagement with the matter and agency of the nonhuman in the twentieth and twenty-first century, including the work of Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão and the legacies of literary regionalism.
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