The Aesthetic Origins of the Anthropocene

April 23rd, 2016

Given the importance of the “start” for the entire Anthropocene narrative, we should consider an aesthetic approach to the question.

Jeremy Bolen, Heather Davis, Emily Eliza Scott, and Andrew Yang pooled their efforts to lead “Sensing the Insensible: Aesthetics In, Through, and Against the Anthropocene,” a group seminar at the HKW’s 2016 Anthropocene Curriculum: “The Technosphere Issue.” In the following conversation, I meet with three of the four conveners to explore how aesthetic and political concerns are embroiled in conceptions of the Anthropocene and how we determine its origin.