EXTRACTION Conference, May 12-13

A Two-Day Conference on Decolonial Visual Cultures in the Age of the Capitalocene
Petropolis by Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost
Friday, May 12, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017
College 9/10 Multipurpose Room, Resource Center for NonViolence

In this two-day conference, invited guests including Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos, Caleb Behn, Nick Estes, Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost, Mary Hsia-Coron, Ann López, Jason Moore, and Anne Quirynen will join attendees to explore the current and proliferating cultures of EXTRACTION. 

Here, extraction designates capitalism’s fundamental logic of withdrawal—of value, nutrients, energy, labor, time—from people, lands, culture, life-forms, and the elements. It signals that these withdrawals are made without corresponding deposits except in the form of pollution, waste, climate change, illness, and death, which are unequally distributed along racialized, gendered, sexualized, and class-based lines. Extraction, therefore, determines the conditions of living and dying in the era of fossil fuel capitalism and catastrophic climate change.

Under the rubric of extraction, this influential and diverse group of thinkers, artists, and activists will give presentations, screen artworks and films, and lead discussions that raise questions about how this politics of disaster is being visualized, negotiated, and contested, in places as far-ranging and interconnected as British Columbia, North Dakota, Chicago, and California. They will consider the roles cultural producers such as socially engaged artists, anti-colonial legal activists, Indigenous water protectors, media theorists, writers, architects, and designers play in envisioning and negating extractive politics and policies.

Invited guests and conference participants will collectively ask:

Faced with multiple tipping points moving us implacably toward a catastrophic environmentally altered future—and now with a US president hostile to climate science and industrial regulations—how might we together create possibilities for living non-extractively?

This conference is organized by T.J. Demos of the Center for Creative Ecologies and A. Laurie Palmer, with Rachel Nelson of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and Chessa Adsit-Morris​.

The Extraction Conference is sponsored generously by the Center for Creative Ecologies, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, the Center for Documentary Arts and Research, the UC Santa Cruz Arts Research Institute, Colleges Nine and Ten, and the UCSC American Indian Resource Center.