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A Two-Day Conference on Decolonial Visual Cultures in the Age of the Capitalocene
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:30am to Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 4:30pm
Friday, UCSC College 9/10 Multipurpose Room
Saturday, SC Resource Center for Nonviolence
Presented by: 
Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Extraction designates capitalism’s fundamental logic of withdrawal—of value, nutrients, energy, labor, time—from people, lands, culture, life-forms, and the elements. It signals that these withdrawals are made without corresponding deposits except in the form of pollution, waste, climate change, illness, and death, which are unequally distributed along racialized, gendered, sexualized, and class-based lines. Extraction, therefore, determines the conditions of living and dying in the era of fossil fuel capitalism and catastrophic climate change.

Under the rubric of extraction, an influential and diverse group of thinkers, artists, and activists will give presentations, screen artworks and films, and lead discussions that raise questions about how this politics of disaster is being visualized, negotiated, and contested, in places as far-ranging and interconnected as British Columbia, North Dakota, Chicago, and California. They will consider the roles cultural producers such as socially engaged artists, anti-colonial legal activists, Indigenous water protectors, media theorists, writers, architects, and designers play in envisioning and negating extractive politics and policies.

Invited guests and conference participants will collectively ask:

Faced with multiple tipping points moving us implacably toward a catastrophic environmentally altered future—and now with a US president hostile to climate science and industrial regulations—how might we together create possibilities for living non-extractively?

This conference is organized by T.J. Demos of the Center for Creative Ecologies and A. Laurie Palmer, with Rachel Nelson of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and Chessa Adsit-Morris​.

This event is FREE and open to the schedule. 

Conference Schedule

Friday May 12, 10:30am - 6pm
College 9/10 Multipurpose Room, UCSC

Introduction: Laurie Palmer and T.J. Demos

Jason W. Moore
Binghamton University, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life, 2015 

Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson
EU-based research artists, on gold mining in the Northern Greece

Anne Quirynen
Berlin-based artist, on extraction and speculative fabulation

Claire Pentecost
Chicago-based artist investigating petcoke, tracing dirty energy

Screening of Fractured Land (2015)
Introduction by Caleb Behn

Saturday May 13, 10 am- 4:30pm
Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Caleb Behn (Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne Za/Cree)
Indigenous legal activism against extraction in British Columbia

Wašté Win Young (Wichiyena Dakota and Hunkpapa Lakota)
Speaking on the Standing Rock Indigenous resistance movement

Brian Holmes
Chicago-based artist speaking on Petropolis, US fossil-fuel infrastructure

Isabelle Carbonell
UCSC-based filmmaker addressing Bento Rodrigues dam disaster in Brazil

Mary Hsia-Coron and Andy Hsia-Coron
Anti-fracking activists, San Benito County

Ann López
Center for Farmworkers Families, Watsonville

The Extraction Conference is sponsored generously by the Center for Creative Ecologies, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, the Center for Documentary Arts and Research, the UC Santa Cruz Arts Research Institute, Colleges Nine and Ten, and the UCSC American Indian Resource Center.