First Friday: The Queer Anthropocene in Art by Serenity Joo
Free, everyone is welcome.
The Anthropocene connotes our current geological era in which human activity has made a distinct impact on the earth’s ecology, including climate change. Yet, there are numerous cultural assumptions to be unpacked when discussing ideas of species extinction and survival, including heteronormative notions of linear, reproductive time and the idea of “human” itself. Joo presents an array of artists who explore human’s relationship to objects, often critically imagining humans as objects. By doing so, artists such as Laura Aguilar, Kara Walker, Mary Mattingly and others assert alternative temporalities and queer futurities that refute hierarchies of dominance.
Serenity Joo teaches literature and theory at the University of Manitoba. She spends a lot of time thinking about racial identities located in unexpected places (alien worlds, partitioned Korea, North Dakota). Her current project is focused on the racial politics in contemporary disaster fiction and film. When she’s not grappling with books and ideas, she can be found engaging in spectator sports, beer-league trivia and debates over nacho toppings.