A Late Time to be Living:
A SCREENING FOR LIVING ON A WARMING PLANET
One-Night Screening: Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30 pm
Curated by: Rachel Garber Cole
“It is late. A late time to be living.” -Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
Since the end of last Ice Age 10,000 years ago, the Earth has maintained relatively stable climate conditions. It was during this period of stability that humans were able to flourish, developing the societies, politics, languages, and histories that have undergirded our sense of what it means to be a person (and to be a people) on this planet. But climate monitoring organizations worldwide tell us the Earth’s climate is destabilizing, and that the top five warmest years on record have all occurred since 2010. As we transition into a world where weather is stranger, less predictable, and more extreme, how do we reorient the way we understand ourselves as individuals and as collectives? In what ways does climate change necessitate that we not only rethink, but create new narratives around the meanings of Time, History, and Humanness? How will these new narratives help us make a just transition from the Holocene into whatever lies ahead?
A LATE TIME TO BE LIVING is a program of videos that engage with these questions. The videos reposition the human within the framework of nature, seek to redefine historical notions of progress, and explore how understandings of Time shape stories of past/present/future. The participating artists open up the possibilities for (re)contextualizing our role in Earth’s history, and they create language that addresses the disorientation of this historic moment. In short, these works are tools that might help us navigate our way through a warming future. The evening is curated by Rachel Garber Cole and includes videos made by Vanessa Albury, Caitlin Berrigan, Rachel Garber Cole, Dakota Gearhart, Jeremy Olson, Sarada Rauch, and Kimberlee Venable.