Elizabeth Ellsworth (US) is Professor of Media Studies at the New School, New York. Her research and teaching focus on media and change, the design of mediated learning environments, and documentary media forms. She has served as a consultant on pedagogical design for museums and design schools. She co-founded the nonprofit media arts collaboration smudge with Jamie Kruse. Smudge has received funding from a variety of international foundations to produce and exhibit work on the material conditions of life and learning in the Anthropocene. Ellsworth is author of Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy (2004), and Teaching Positions: Difference, Pedagogy and the Power of Address (1997). Smudge Studio Making the Geologic Now Frieds of the Pleistocene blog
Smudge Studio: 'Practices for Turning into the Anthropocene: Look Only at the Movement'
In the fall of 2012, two artists set out with a car-mounted video camera to seek out a particularly abject material-event. For twelve days, they travelled the routes used by the trucks transporting transuranic nuclear waste through Utah, New Mexico and Colorado.
Session 9: The Nuclear Dimension
Saturday 28 February
16:00 - 17:30
Paradiso, Main Hall
In this panel we look at artistic approaches and responses to the ‘nuclear dimension’, and the imaginings of a future on a geological scale. We have to imagine that the impact of our activities stretches far into a nonhuman future, and, if we take an ethical position, it implies potentially communicating with a future species that lives on Earth… The mounds that store nuclear waste are uncanny monuments to humanity that will outlast the human species as we know it.