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Art & Activism of the Anthropocene Series: Strange Reality: The Art and Activism of Transitional Environments

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30 PM
| Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
Climate change is no longer a mere possibility—it's already happening. Glaciers are melting, animal and plant populations are failing, and agricultural practices no longer prevent famine. Around the world, scientists, artists, and activists are addressing climate change in media from nonfiction books to documentary films to live theater. This series brings together writers, journalists, and artists in robust discussion on how they address climate change—and why their work is important in the Anthropocene Era.
 
In Annihilation, the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, we meet an unnamed biologist who specializes in “transitional environments”—that is, regions of land undergoing change so dramatic they’re barely recognizable. In this panel, Vandermeer is joined by Zaria Forman, a visual artist who captures real-life environmental transition in her work; Gleb Raygorodetsky, a conservation biologist studying the transitional state of indigenous communities hit hardest by climate change; and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an Indigenous leader and activist. Together they will discuss how art and activism can bring greater awareness to communities and environs most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
 
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the bestselling novel Borne and the Southern Reach Trilogy. His books have won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards.
 
Zaria Forman is an artist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post, and as part of Banksy's Dismaland. 
 
Gleb Raygorodetsky is a Research Affiliate with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the author of Archipelago of Hope, a book that explores the effects of climate change on indigenous communities.
 
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an Indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines and a UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

To register, contact the Library Events Office at events@nysoclib.org or 212.288.6900 x230. Library members may also register online.


The Art & Activism of the Anthropocene series takes place over three dates:

Don't Shoot the Messenger: The Challenging Narratives of Climate Change (April 11) with William T. Vollmann, Chantal Bilodeau, and David Wallace-Wells
Strange Reality: The Art and Activism of Transitional Environments (April 19) with Jeff VanderMeer, Zaria Forman, Gleb Raygorodetsky, and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Imagining the Impossible: The Role of Art and Novels in Understanding Climate Change (May 9) with Amitav Ghosh, Helen Phillips, and Nathan Kensinger

This event is co-produced by the Library and Guernica Magazine, with additional support from Orion Magazine.