Alien Earth, Ecological Collapse, Ecological Restoration, Post-Human World

A New Life Awaits Us On The ALIEN EARTH

This is a short speech I gave a few nights ago.

You can listen to the recording and/or read the text below.

There’s a list of references at the end, if you’d like to know more.

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Ecological Collapse, Ecological Restoration, Exclusion Zones, Post-Human World

Earth’s Future: Planetary Park or World-Wide Exclusion Zone?

The movie I’m most looking forward to, as 2018 unfolds, is ANNIHILATION – Alex Garland’s adaptation for the screen of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. The books feature a woman known as The Biologist. Her field of study is transitional areas; liminal zones where one habitat merges with another, itself a kind of habitat or ecology. Returned from her adventure in the magical realist exclusion zone known as Area X, she’s found standing in a vacant lot. When she’s later held by the Authorities wanting answers to the nature of Area X, the talk by Christopher Brown this post is built around seems exactly the kind of material she’d take comfort in viewing… #thebiologisthasaposse

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anthropocene art, Post-Human World

ART: Homo Sapiens by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Yesterday, here in the city where they awaited the end of the world in On The Beach, it was too hot to do anything but sit in front of a series of mechanical fans. Thankfully my friend Steen (@mediapathic) brought a piece of post-human art to my attention, something that proved to be a most welcome distraction…

Geyrhalter goes beyond ruin porn to a sustained meditation on the post-human state; his film is perhaps inspired by Claude Lévi-Strauss’s remark: “The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him.”

Source: The Guardian

“The Anthropocene is an antianthropocentric concept because it enables us to think the human species not as an ontically given thing I can point to, but as a hyperobject that is real yet inaccessible.” ~ Timothy Morton, Dark Ecology.

Homo Sapiens is ninety unrelenting minutes of being confronted by the Anthropocene.

Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s documentary shows us the world humanity made, minus its creator, in the early stages of decay.

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Artificial Intelligence, Ecological Restoration, Post-Human World

THEORY: Benjamin Bratton on The Post-Anthropocene

I’ve been spending the holiday period deep in research mode. Digging into books (and buying more), following up on links, falling down wiki holes and watching related lectures online…

This fascinating, immensely quotable talk by Benjamin Bratton on The Post-Anthropocene offers a vision of a post-human world, and features an elaboration of a non-anthropocentric Artificial Intelligence, all of which challenges the pre-Copernican mindset that is the direct cause of the ruination of this world.

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Civilisational Collapse, Ecological Collapse, World R U I N

World RUIN: Volcanoes and the end of the human era [Part 2]

“Sooner or later we will experience a large volcanic eruption, and perhaps a cluster of them, that will act to exacerbate drought in sensitive parts of the world.”

Source: Yale News

A closer look at the evolving thought experiment, World R U I N, in light of Mount Agung’s eruption continues…

After examining how volcanoes alter the climate, and how that might be modelled in a simulation designed to play out the end of the human era and/or the restoration of the planet, it’s time to slide the time bar back progressively further and see how these violent disturbances to the climate can disrupt – or destroy – civilisations.

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Ecological Collapse, The End of the World will be Livestreamed, World R U I N

World RUIN: Volcanoes and the end of the human era [Part 1]

“If there’s a world catastrophe caused by a supervolcano, then it means that our human disaster, our own big crime against the sky, was just too small to count. Maybe we did our worst as human beings, but we were too small to matter.” ~ The Caryatids

News of the volcano, Mount Agung, erupting for the second time that week prompted a Twitter post, a quick elaboration of our hypothetical game simulating the ruin – or restoration – of the world.

World R U I N example: livestream of Mount Agung volcano with displays estimating sulfate aerosols (SO2) released (in millions of tons) & projected cooling effect.
— m1k3y (@m1k3y) November 26, 2017

In addition to this live video, there’s live seismogram data to display alongside it… for maximum apocalyptic data visualisation!


tfw ur sketching out a Bond Villain display for eco-terrorists… or world saviours.

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