Art of the Anthropocene
(4/18/2013) 63 minutes


Fox's presentation will take us through an illustrated journey of art made during the Anthropocene, an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems. The artwork ranges from landscape painting to earthworks and beyond. We began in the 1790s to understand through exploration and science that the Earth is a set of interrelated physical systems. By the 1990s we began to understand how profoundly we had perturbed those systems. Artists have made work all along in response to our evolving sense of living in the Anthropocene, the epoch from 1790 onwards that is defined by our increasing consumption of fossil fuels. At first artists sought to represent the systems of the world; now they want to change them.

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