Intertemporal Ecologies: in more than human worlds

Vanessa Lastrucci, Visualisation of stratified land and water rights in the San Pedro de Atacama watershed. Detail. 2018
Brine shrimp (artemia salina). Image in public domain
Volcanic deposits in Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Photo: Environmental Architecture. 2018
Air as Lung. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Photo: Environmental Architecture. 2018

MA Environmental Architecture, Royal College of Art, 2017-2018
End of Year Show
December 12 - 14, Arts Catalyst, King's Cross

Intertemporal Ecologies: in more than human worlds celebrates the work of the inaugural cohort of MA Environmental Architecture, Royal College of Art, exploring the future of environments, landscapes and ecosystems. It presents elements selected from the body of work produced collectively and individually over the last 15 months. 

 
The research focuses on the environmental and territorial disputes resulting from the extraction on lithium in the Salar de Atacama, in Chile: on the one side lithium emerges as a key component in the global pathways to mitigating climate change; and on the other, its extraction results in the appropriation of water - a living being at the heart of fragile ecosystems and indigenous territories. 
 
The work presented reflects upon the role of design and architecture at the intersection of these incommensurable demands, while recognising the complex system of relationships and entanglements they are part of. The exhibition brings together the dynamic cycles of both mental, social and material ecologies that inform diverse relationships between human, non-human and other than human beings. Through a programme of workshops, talks and conversations the event will explore the past, present and future of environments as more than human worlds.
 
 
PROGRAMME
 
Wednesday, 12 December 
5 - 8pm: Exhibition opening. Introduction by Godofredo Pereira and Adrian Lahoud + performance by Yussef Agbo-Ola: “Through each grain we multiply with silence, speaking from the limits of water, a stretching, to tear into a liquid-solid, only to dissolve the known, we seek, in search of the space between, acid rain and a decaying mitochondria.” Duration = 1800 seconds.
 
Thursday, 13 December 
10am  -12pm *EVENT CANCELLED* Workshop on Environmental Technologies
 
3 - 6pm: Making Kin Across Times and Species with Yussef Agbo-Ola and Gabriele Grigorjevaite, introduction by Jon Goodbun.
 
Friday, 14 December 
10am - 1pm: Urban Ecologies Workshop with Rokiah Yaman (Calthorpe Project).
2 - 5:30pm: Roundtable on the Architecture of Water with Vanessa Lastrucci, Emilie Glazer, Anna Santomauro and Christina Leigh Geros
6 - 8pm: Presentation on Intertemporal Architecture and Justice by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
 
Free and open to all, but booking is essential