Underground / Ecology / Politics / Mythology is a series of three multimedia events organised by Teodora Pasquinelli hosted between The Showroom and Goldsmiths University. The series will bring together internationally-recognised theorists across three events to create an open dialogue around the concept of the underground – as seen through the lenses of Ecology, Politics and Mythology unfolding on actual global political and philosophical issues.
This first event invites Timothy Morton and Federico Campagna to explore the meaning of ‘ecology', understood as the ontological terrain underlying all human and non-human forces. By redefining ecological thinking through the philosophical models of Dark Ecology and of Magic, this section will focus on the fundamental reality-systems that constitute the true underground of the world, ultimately shaping our visible and invisible environment.
Le Quattro Volte by Michelangelo Frammartino will be screened following the discussion. A poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature, Le Quattro Volte depicts a soul moving through four successive states of being.
Timothy Morton - Lifeforms vs Trump
Federico Campagna - Ecology and Metaphysics: Rebuilding the House
Questions and discussion
Film screening: Le Quattro Volte by Michelanchelo Frammartino (88 minutes)
Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University, Texas. He presented the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Björk, Haim Steinbach and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (2013), The Ecological Thought (2010), Ecology without Nature (2007), amongst others.
Federico Campagna is a Sicilian philosopher based in London. His current work revolves around the ontological and ethical challenges posed by contemporary nihilism, and the possibility of a fundamental philosophical architecture of emancipation. His latest book is The Last Night: antiwork, atheism, adventure (Zero, 2013). He is co-editing with Prof. Saul Newman a series of forgotten classics of non-Anglophone heterodox political theory, Xenopolitics (Zed, 2017). He works as rights manager at Verso Books.
Teodora Pasquinelli is a writer and event organiser with a background in Fine Arts, interested in looking at the morphology of the current age, through the relationship between art and fundamental philosophy. She is a contributor for art magazines Arte e Critica and Juliet. Having worked in several art institutions in London, she is currently working as a production assistant for the Greek documentary TV series "Apo Agathi Rodo' broadcasted by the national TV channel ERT2.
The event Underground / Ecology is organised by Teodora Pasquinelli with the support of Libellula Productions.
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