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
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.
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.
“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.
“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
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.
“you play Worldrun, and you learn that you can’t sit on your ass and let things go to hell. You can’t just take a salary, make a profit, be a dead weight in the system.” ~ Islands in the Net
“This fateful migration out of Africa was just one of many, and it did not involve any known increase in cognitive power or physical strength or dexterity or technological sophistication. Fire had been controlled for millennia. Humanity’s ancestors had been making stone tools in a standardized fashion for well over a million years. There was no new technology. It was probably just wandering.” The origin of humanity as we know it is just a myth. We are actually much, much older
“Humans as we know them are just one morphological waypoint on the long road of evolution.” Annalee Newitz in When Will Humanity Finally Die Out?
“Based on how long it took proto-primates to evolve into a technological species, that leaves enough time for it to happen again up to 23 times.” The implications of cosmic silence
Imagine a world where the human race is no longer the dominant species.