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Radio Disaster: The Climate Change Series

Mudam announces a year-long series of keynote lectures and screenings by cultural producers, thinkers and scientists devoted to the subject of climate change. Entitled Radio Disaster: The Climate Change Series the programme is an homage to philosopher Walter Benjamin’s (b.1892, Berlin; d. 1940, Portbou) radio broadcast for children (1929–32) which was devoted to catastrophes around the world such as the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The series is an attempt to develop a deeper discourse on climate change as a catastrophic and irreversible change for our planet.

In 1873 geologist Antonio Stoppani (b. 1824, Lecco; d. 1891, Milan) introduced the term ‘Anthropozoic Era’ to define a geological period in which human activities were able to influence the atmosphere and alter its balance. The meteorologist Paul Jozef Crutzen (b. 1933, Amsterdam; d. 2021, Mainz) coined the term ‘Anthropocene’ in 2000.

Radio Disaster: The Climate Change Series follows a progressive structure: from a macroscopic and sociological perspective to a technological and microscopic view. Starting with the theme of the Anthropocene, the opening lecture by Suzanne Dhaliwal will provide a global overview of our geopolitical condition. The programme then moves on to consider the vastness of oceans and the dramatic decline of marine ecosystems with a lecture by Chus Martínez.

A series of film screenings are included alongside the lectures, including a documentary about feminist scholar, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2017) by Fabrizio Terranova, Alpi (2011) by artist Armin Linke and Sea Lovers (2019) a film by artist Ingo Niermann.

Radio Disaster: The Climate Change Series seeks to suggest ways to engage with a common crisis, looking for alternative ways of living.

Curator: Joel Valabrega

Booking mandatory: mudam.com/booking, t +352 453785–531

Lectures

Mudam Auditorium

Suzanne Dhaliwal – Decolonising Climate Justice
08.05.2021 | 16h00 | EN | Via Zoom
Mudam Auditorium: 8€ | Online: Free
Environmental justice, economic justice, racial justice and gender justice are indivisible parts of a global struggle to readdress existing power structures. Active movements must ensure that these matters are embedded in the agenda of the transition away from the fossil fuel economy by addressing the root causes of capitalism and colonialism.

Chus Martínez – The Current
09.06.2021 | 17h00 | EN
Mudam Auditorium: 8€
Is the Ocean an art space? With this question in mind, curator and researcher Chus Martínez has explored different concerns with the state of the ocean and the discourse around it. Through the three-year programme The Current she has engaged with the most pressing issues related to oceans and explored contemporary solutions in relation to art.

Screenings

Mudam Auditorium

Sea Lovers (2020) by Ingo Niermann
09.06.2021 | 18h00 (following the lecture by Chuz Martínez)
Mudam Auditorium: Free
Large parts of the sea are used in a similar fashion to the countryside. Still, its liquidity and enormous size sustain substantial differences. The oceans slip away from national and personal liability. The video Sea Lovers portrays a group of people who aspire to a more intimate relation with the ocean.

Alpi (2011) by Armin Linke
18.07.2021 | 16h00
Mudam Auditorium: 8€

Alpi is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perspectives of the landscape of the Alpine region, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations where four different languages are spoken. In the film, the Alps are encountered like an island that is connected to various global transformations.

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival by Fabrizio Terranova
23.10.2021 | 16h00
Mudam Auditorium: 8€
This documentary features feminist scholar Donna Haraway (b. 1944, Denver) in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences and ideas. Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller and the film is structured around a series of discussions on subjects including capitalism and the Anthropocene.