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Wednesday, May 19 at 12:00pmVirtual Event
Heather Davis, The New School, “Waiting Time: Ambient Anxiety in Sun & Sea (Marina)”
In 1948, Hermann Muller coined the term ‘time bomb’ to describe chemical and nuclear fallout that kills ‘more in the future’ than when the bomb explodes. This metaphor could be aptly applied to the implications of climate change and petrochemical saturation. Exploring the various relations of time to fossil fuels, this talk will examine how time is not what it once was. Seasons happen at the wrong time; species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. The sense of dormancy, where the amplification and feedback loops of climate change, although already past, still remain in the future, was saliently illustrated in the opera Sun & Sea (Marina) that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. The opera is about a day at the beach that depicts the ambient, but mounting, anxieties that inundate the subjective time of climate change.