Urban and Environmental Theory Session #2 Frédérique Aït-Touati / HCR


Event details

Date 22.11.2022
Hour 18:0019:30
Speaker Frédérique Aït-Touati
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Urban and Environmental Theory Session #2
Frédérique Aït-Touati

Mapping a new Earth: cartographic and architectural tools of exploration
We are living through a time that in many ways recalls the period of the cosmological revolution: today, as well, our conception of the Earth is undergoing a radical shift. We understand, thanks to contemporary biology and anthropology in particular, that the space we inhabit is not an 'environment', an inert container, but that it is on the contrary constantly produced by various forms of life. We also understand, and this realisation is more tragic, that our relationship to the Earth as an unlimited resource is not sustainable, that we live “on a damaged Planet”, in the words of Anna Tsing. These profound transformations in the way we conceive our relationship with the Earth have considerable philosophical, political and economic consequences. Yet we lack the images to think about them. The projects which I will share participate in this collective endeavor to re-describe the world, to map its new borders and territories. 
Frédérique Aït-Touati is a theatre director and historian of science at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Her research focuses on the relationship between science and art, and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene. She has published Contes de la Lune, Gallimard (translated as Fictions of the Cosmos, Chicago University Press), Terra Forma (MIT Press), and recently The Terrestrial Trilogy, co-authored with Bruno Latour. Lecturer at the University of Oxford from 2007 to 2014, she now teaches at EHESS and is the scientific director of the Master in Political Arts-SPEAP.

Image (from): 'Living Landscape Map',
from Terra Forma, by Frédérique Aït-Touati,
Alexandra Arènes, and Axelle Grégoire.

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