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