Think of the last conversation you had with friends or family, the most recent article you read online, or the latest thing you saw in the media about the climate crisis. Perhaps you skimmed through social media posts from the “Youth Strike 4 Climate” or saw headlines that we have 12 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe. Maybe you read that a lorry driver was pissed off because an XR protest was holding up traffic, insisting that “nothing changes anyway, we’re fucked, none of this will work,” or that “semi-naked… protesters [interrupted] a Commons debate on Brexit,” singing “Nelly the Elephant” while demanding climate justice. Maybe you found the Op-Ed piece in The New York Times that proposed “a neat mental trick to understand the climate battle ahead [is to]… pretend it’s aliens,” following another article that claimed it’s “time to panic.” In Florida, iguanas are falling; in Australia, koalas are burning.
Matters of Concern: On Tactical Delusions addresses existing ecological and cultural conditions using narratives in Visual Culture. Exploring ecological conditions with the screen, the film programme recognises an alignment of self-with-other and human-with-nonhuman. Tapping into “thought-queering” as a tactic for communication, the audience is asked to re-imagine ways of communicating as means for creating other discourse about the ongoing ecological crisis: to decentralise the concept of the self, to queer the thought process and to occupy a multiplicity of positions.
Featuring films from Jonathas de Andrade, O Peixe (The Fish) (2016) and Zheng Bo, Pteridophilia 3 (2018).
The event is free, but please sign up to plan for capacity.
💖 About the venue, DIY Space for London 💖
DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for manoeuvring and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.
If you would like to discuss access, please get in touch or visit our website: www.diyspaceforlondon.org/access