URGENCY INTENSIVE: IPACC Working Group IV
Thu 22 SEPT 2022 21:00 – Sat 24 SEPT 2022
Free entrance, please register your attendance (on site or online) via Eventbrite
For its 3rd Urgency Intensive, the Jan van Eyck Academie gives continuity to the fruitful discussion of the previous edition (watch a synthesis here or feel welcome to read the brochure) around the IPACC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Art and Climate Change, a fictional institution which served as a starting point for speculating on the agency, roles, and civic significance of arts and culture in relation to climate breakdown.
22 – 24 September 2022
Online and at the Jan van Eyck Academie
Departing from the IPCC (the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and its structure of 3 Working Groups, this Urgency Intensive imagines a 4th group in addition to the actually existing ones in the IPCC. Acknowledging that both the impacts of and solutions to climate change are deeply mediated by culture, the fictional Working Group IV (IPACC WG IV) explores what it could mean to have a stronger integration of the arts, the social sciences and humanities, within the interface between science, policy and global politics.
The event gathers a group of professionals from the fields of art, science and beyond, who will present their work and stipulate pressing questions or topics to be collectively discussed in the general assembly of the IPACC WG IV, occurring on the last day, Saturday, that will further open the conversation to the wider public. Performances and contributions by Jan van Eyck participants will interweave the programme, giving their take on the subject matter.
The full programme is free of charge, but we kindly ask to register your participation in the academy or onine through Zoom (active online participation) via Eventbrite. The event will also be livestreamed on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.
Day 1 – Opening IPACC WG IV
Thursday 22 September 19:00 – 21:00 CEST
Through storytelling and lullabies Liquid Volcanoes presents a dialogue between the daughter of a volcano and the child of a river. They ask each other questions in their mother-tongues, and answer them various ways, using images, video, spoken word, text, and other media. They wish to better understand one other and learn from each other’s path, to comprehend what has guided them and to know how the other came to be. Through this conversation, Amauta and Yasmine reflect on the exploitative relationship that humans maintain with the Earth, while unveiling a genealogy that connects us all with deep time.
19:10 – 19:15 Opening words
Bruno Alves de Almeida, curator Jan van Eyck Academie
19:15 – 19:30 Opening speech
Hicham Khalidi, director Jan van Eyck Academie
19:30 – 20:45 They should have sent a poet: art at the end of the world
keynote lecture by widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, essayist, and author Bayo Akomolafe
At the epistemological heart of climate discourse is ‘data’, the unimpeachable core of scientific interrogation. The golden prize at the end of the alchemy of inquiry. What the ‘data’ shows is that we are living in a time of multiple converging crises. We are at world-end, so to speak. The crisis of endings however imposes a spiritual-poetic-sociomaterial challenge that overwhelms the anxious precision of data and invites other ways of knowing the world. In this keynote, Dr. Bayo Akomolafe suggests that the anthropocentrism of data might be getting in the way of the collective inquiry that must now rise to meet this scandalous moment that ‘data’ could not prefigure: a world that kicks back.
21:00 – 22:00 Drinks at Jan van Eyck Café-Restaurant
Day 2 – Presentations IPACC WG IV
Friday 23 September 15:00 – 17:30 and 18:30 – 21:00 CEST
15:00 – 15:40 The Oneiric Assembly: Dreaming as collective tool with Daniel Godínez Nivón
The Oneiric Assembly was a workshop led by Jan van Eyck participant Daniel Godínez Nivón, which unfolded in the months preceding the IPACC WG IV and attempted to foster ways of dreaming together and meeting in dreams, as a way of rehearsing new disciplinary crossovers between arts and science that include other layers of consciousness, intuitions and affects.
Postcapitalist designer, commoning educator and climate justice organiser Selçuk Balamir & artist Teresa Borasino who works between art and activism, will reflect on their shared histories and divergent trajectories in embedding art and design practices into the Climate Justice Movement.
16:40 – 17:10 Future Eaters by Sophie J Williamson
The vast expanse of the Siberian landscape with its complex ecosystems, mythologies, and futures is an urgent frontier of climate change. As the rapidly thawing permafrost releases terrifying quantities of methane and carbon into the atmosphere, the cross-disciplinary programme Deep Ecologies intended to open a discussion about this precarious and vital landscape, whose rapidly changing environment plays a seismic role not just for the people of Siberia, but for the future of global ecologies. Before it was launched, however, it was sanctioned by the British Foreign Office; colonial violence once again imprinting itself on our fragile planet.
Subcontinentment is a manifesto that stems from Himali Singh Soin’s fieldwork in the polar circles, where she was confronted with her alienness as a brown body in a landscape commonly used for outer-space simulation experiments. As part of a series of fictional ice archives, South Asian futurism, renamed subcontinentment, anti-chronicles the geopoetic links between the poles and the subcontinent.
Last year’s IPACC participants Taru Elfving, director and co-founder of Contemporary Art Archipelago, and Skolt Sámi artist Pauliina Feodoroff will return online to pick up the conversation.
19:30 – 19:50 How to Love a Tree
lecture-performance by Hira Nabi
In How to Love a Tree, Hira Nabi will weave together narratives from misty mountainsides, ghosts of extraction, and hauntings of British colonialism and imperial formations, gestures of love and care in sylvan landscapes, which are fast withdrawing. What does disappearance look like? What traces does it leave behind? What is the texture of rot? And what happens (in the words of Langston Hughes) to a dream deferred?
20:00 – 20:50 Between the IPCC and the COP: Climate Aesthetics as Class War
online keynote lecture by T. J. Demos, award winning writer, art historian and director of the Centre for Creative Ecologies
Since the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was founded in 1988, and the first UN climate summit (the Conference of Parties, COP) in 1995, anthropogenic climate breakdown has steadily worsened. It’s clear: Capitalist climate governance will not keep us safe. This presentation will argue for recognizing the class-war basis of climate change and for an arts of organizing as the necessary means of social movement-led transition toward a post-carbon, post-capitalist future.
Healing from Meteorites is an essay about the redemptive potential of catastrophe, originally written by artist Himali Singh Soin in collaboration with Alexis Rider. For this performance, read excerpts from the text will enter into conversations with sonic improvisations by drummer and composer David Soin Tappeser.
21:00 – 22:00 – Reception at the Jan van Eyck Café-Restaurant
DAY 3– IPACC WG IV Assembly
Saturday 24 September 15:00 – 16:30 and 17:00 – 20:00 CEST
15:00 – 15:20 When Objectivity Backfires
lecture-performance by Daniel Frota de Abreu
When Objectivity Backfires is part of a series of lecture-performances based on the publication Era de Ouro Hora de Euro (FLACC/ Jester Genk, 2022). Analyzing current debates on environmental politics between the Brazilian government and the scientific community, the lecture-performance sheds light on the effects of the negationist rhetoric against satellite imagery and deforestation alerts in the Amazon rainforest.
15:20 – 16:30 The art of modelling and modelling through art – a visual dialogue
Detlef van Vuuren, professor of Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Utrecht University and senior researcher at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, together with PhD Candidate Lisette van Beek (Urban Futures Studio of Utrecht University), and artists Julien Thomas and Ekaterina Volkova will reflect on their 6-months art-science collaboration on the use of global models to imagine low-carbon futures. This involved studying the global modelling practices and developing an artistic intervention aimed at opening-up the imagination of possible futures. Initial findings of this art-science collaboration will be discussed through a visual dialogue between the artists and leading climate modeller Detlef van Vuuren.
17:00 – 19:20 IPACC WG IV Assembly
with the speakers of previous days, in the presence of IPCC Vice-Chairs Dr. Youba Sokona and Dr. Thelma Krug and moderated by Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities Jeff Diamanti
17:00 – 17:15 – Opening words by Jeff Diamanti
17:15 – 17:40 – Presentation by IPCC Vice-Chairs Dr. Thelma Krug and Dr. Youba Sokona
17:40 – 18:40 – Conversation among speakers
18:40 – 19:00 – Break
19:00 – 19:20 – Q&A with audience (online and on-site)
19:30 – 20:00 Collective Dreaming
Exercise led by Daniel Godínez Nivón (on site and on Zoom. No livestream available)
19:30 – 21:00 Reception at the Jan van Eyck Café-Restaurant