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uneven topographies

multimodal installation

uneven topographies is an allusion to Anna Tsing’s, Andrew Mathews’ and Nils Bubandt’s text ‘Patchy Anthropocene: Landscape Structure, Multispecies History, and the Retooling of Anthropology’* and its proposal for thinking structurally about more-than human relations accentuating the interplay of different kinds of systems-thinking as a method for building knowledge on what they call “patchy Anthropocene”.

the installation reflects on neocolonial extractive practices suggesting a partial framework that juxtaposes three systems-thinking represented by material objects that allude to such practices at different levels: ecological models -referenced by minerals such as coal, sand and stones-, chemical engineering -referenced by chemistry laboratory apparatus- and nonsecular cosmologies -referenced by an array of voices of human and more-than-human agents which also take part on these practices-. furthermore, these mining materials work as resonators and mediators of the mentioned voices.

as an iteration throughout a larger research process on extractivism, slow violence and dark ecologies, uneven topographies proposes an assemblage of mining materials and its affects whose entangled histories may shed light on the retooling of imaginaries, languages and methods to address “the planetary scale of the Anthropocene without remaining naively beholden to its unitary pretensions”.

*Tsing, Anna & Mathews, Andrew & Bubandt, Nils. (2019). Patchy Anthropocene: Landscape Structure, Multispecies History, Anthropology: An Introduction to Supplement S000-S000. 10.1086/703391.

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