The Current - Mississippi. An Anthropocene River

A Seed, a Sound





Oct 31, 2020


A Seed, a Sound

October 31, 2020, 5 PM CET

The experience of the Anthropocene is multidimensional, and apprehending it requires using novel human and nonhuman sensoriums. Attuning oneself to the transformations of the Anthropocene is therefore not only an intellectual but also an embodied affair. But how can such embodied experiences be shared or even communicated to one another, especially online? Further, how do each of these sense modalities produce different ramifications for how and why certain transformations are registered and others not?

5 pm

When a House on the Prairie Became Possibility Island: A Case Study in How to Build a Perceptual Framework for Wiggling Through and Out of the Anthropocene
Michael Swierz

Michael Swierz, whose work synthesizes aspects of poetry, visual art and interspecies communication, introduces the concept of “participatory ecology” by interrogating panspecies interrelations and global stewardship through embodied inquiry.

5.40 pm

Listening to the Mississippi
Monica Moses Haller

In this guided-listening session, artist Monica Moses Haller uses underwater recordings to generate a perceptual account of the Mississippi River through sounds that enable listeners to enter the river’s historical, social and environmental materiality.

Header photo: Meandering Mississippi. Map by Harold N. Fisk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1944 / Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River


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