We are delighted to welcome Timothy Morton, a philospher who offers vivid new perspectives on ecological thinking, our uncanny interconnectedness with the nonhuman, and the future to come. This lecture is presented in conjunction with Ben River’s exhibition, Urth, at the Renaissance Society (Sep 10-Nov 6, 2016).
In his latest book, Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (2016), Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Ecological awareness takes this shape because ecological phenomena have a loop form that is also fundamental to the structure of how things are.
Read more at http://renaissancesociety.org/events/1156/timothy-morton/
This event is presented by the Renaissance Society in partnership with the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, and the Open Practice Committee of the Department of Visual Arts, all at the University of Chicago, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.
TIMOTHY MORTON is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. His books include Ecology Without Nature (2007); The Ecological Thought (2010); Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (2013); and Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (2013); and he has published more than 150 essays on ecology, philosophy, art, literature, music, architecture, and food. He has collaborated with several artists, including Björk, Olafur Eliasson, and Haim Steinbach, and blogs regularly at ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com.