Dear ADA ,
Thanks to Now Future, the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, and AUT, Douglas Kahn
and Timothy Morton are coming soon to Dunedin and Auckland in May.
Many of you would have spent time with Douglas Kahn when he was here in December for the
Whanganui symposium. I'm thrilled to say that through the tireless work of our good
friends at Now Future, Doug (along with ecotheorist Timothy Morton) is returning to New
Zealand to continue our dialogues surrounding energy, ecology and the experience of
Now Future says:
We’re really pleased to announce that Dialogues with Tomorrow, the series that links the
humanities, ecology, and the arts, is back for 2011.
In 2010 the series of discussions was located at Downstage Theatre in Wellington, and for
2011 the Dialogues will be located around different cities around New Zealand.
Our first two events, in Dunedin and Auckland this month, provide an extraordinary chance
to hear internationally renowned authors, Sydney-based Douglas Kahn and California-based
Timothy Morton. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the conversation with these two
thinkers, made possible by their both being in Sydney (thanks UNSW).
Their Dialogue is well timed to complement and build on the visit of leading climate
scientist James Hansen who is touring New Zealand. The Dialogues are open to all and,
thanks to our New Zealand partners (Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic and AUT), are
free to attend.
Dunedin: Monday May 23rd 6-8pm Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium
Auckland: Wednesday May 25th, 10.30-12pm, Lecture room WS 114, City Campus AUT University,
34 St Paul Street
How do we sense and make sense of immense phenomena, such as climate change, or radiation,
which are real, but real in ways which most of us do not directly experience? As
ecotheorist Timothy Morton puts it, "It is very hard to get used to the idea that the
catastrophe, far from being imminent, has already taken place".
Morton, together with media arts historian Douglas Kahn, will discuss ways in which we can
think about the challenges to humanity of nonsentient entities, like climate change and
radioactivity, phenomena Morton calls ‘hyperobjects’. They ask, how can we productively
respond to these challenges with the energies available to us? How do we radically
question the ways in which we understand and interact with what used to be known as
Douglas Kahn is Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute of
Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales. Until recently, he was Professor
of Science and Technology Studies at University of California, Davis. He is the editor of
Source: Music of the Avant-Garde. and the author of Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound
in the Arts, which has been highly influential and remains the benchmark text concerning
sound-based art. Forthcoming books include Mainframe Experimentalism, a collection on
early computing and the arts, and Earth Sound Earth Signal, on the geophysical trade of
acoustics and electromagnetism in communications, science and the arts.
Timothy Morton is Professor of English (Literature and the Environment) at UC Davis. His
interests include literature and the environment, ecotheory, philosophy, biology, physical
sciences, literary theory, food studies, sound and music, materialism, poetics,
Romanticism, Buddhism, and the eighteenth century. His two most recent books, The
Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, April 2010) and Ecology Without Nature (Harvard UP, 2007;
paperback 2009), have had a wide and transformative impact on how ecology is conceived
within the arts and humanities. Tim blogs at www.ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com
Brought to you by Now Future, in conjunction with Dunedin School of Art, Otago
Polytechnic, AUT University, the ADA Network, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the National
Institute of Experimental Arts, UNSW, Sydney.
We look forward to seeing you there or at a future event closer to you. Do pass this
around your networks!