Viscous Space keynote lecture: Rania Ghosn

20 June 2018 16:00 till 17:00 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage room 1 - By: Communication BK

On 20 June, the public keynote lecture ‘An aquarium for the anthropocene’ will be given by Rania Ghosn. The keynote is a part of the Viscous Space conference, which will be hosted at BK City from 20 to 22 June 2018.

The ‘Pacific Aquarium’ project by Design Earth appropriates the object of the aquarium. The project takes aim at the scalar distance between humans’ selfish economic concerns and the great scales of the Earth. Since 2001, exploration licenses have been granted for minerals on the Clarion-Clipperton Zone deep seabed. The purpose of this speculative project is not to predict the future, let alone to fix it, but to raise questions on present relations between humans and the Earth. The project reckons with the uncertainties of environmental and technological futures in the Ocean.

Rania Ghosn is associate professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and founding partner of Design Earth with El Hadi Jazairy. Her research engages the geographies of technological systems to open aesthetic and political concerns on the environment. Her work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale (2018, 2016), Oslo Triennial (2017), Seoul Biennale (2017), Sharjah Biennale (2017) and Sursock Museum (2016), amongst others.

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