We are interested in art, film-making and research that focus on regions and communities where concentrations of natural “critical materials” - raw materials deemed essential by states for industry, technology and sustainable energy – are entwined with histories of conflict. What modes of transdisciplinary research can address complex systems of visual, cultural, societal, technological, ecological, economic and political forces? What type of aesthetics and conceptual approaches can narrate these contemporary global realities? What role do artists, film-makers and art academics play as active agents in the multidisciplinary discourse around the Anthropocene? We will address these questions through a series of presentations by artists, curators and researchers, and conversation across our disciplines and practices.