In the spirit of Joanna Zylinska’s Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene, this talk examines how Anthropocene-themed art and design can act as a testing-ground for the development of new ethics, politics, and philosophies of the Anthropocene. By looking at several contemporary art and speculative design projects, we will explore what effects Anthropocene-themed narratives developing in the art world might have on the discourse as a whole.
Kayla Anderson is an artist, writer, and organizer based in Chicago, USA. Using a playful approach to methods of excavation, her work engages with cultural artifacts of the past in order to propose parallel worlds. Her work has been shown at museums, galleries, and itinerant spaces in the US and abroad. Her writing has been published by Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), The Royal College of Art, and MU Art Space, Eindhoven (NL), and presented at SIGGRAPH, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the UCSB, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She holds the position of Manager of Library Special Collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she curates exhibitions, lectures, and mentors students in the history, theory, and creation of artists’ publications. In her spare time, she organizes a monthly critique group for feminist media makers called Media Grrrl.