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Morgan Wedderspoon, (detail), 2019. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

ecology or oblivion

September 13, 2019 – December 8, 2019

This three-part, participatory project by artist Morgan Wedderspoon invites us to speculate with her about the year 2030 from the perspective of found objects. Scattered around the built environment created by colonial capitalism, what could these things teach us about disobedience, about “living and dying well together,” as we move into the precarious future of life on Earth?

Yes, we have just 11 years to avert catastrophic climate breakdown beyond our worst imaginings. Yes, we now know that by the end of 2020 bold policies must be in place to have any hope of reducing CO2 emissions by 45% by the year 2030. Yes—worse still—we know that in some cases these warnings are quite conservative in their estimates and that somehow facts are not enough. How do we move beyond the paralysing despair of these predictions?

Perhaps, as this project models at a modest scale, speculative thinking, collaboration and openness to chance can help us to imagine a more just and livable future.

The title ecology or oblivion comes from episode 189 of the SRSLY WRONG podcast.

Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist working in print media and found-object sculpture, including artist books and print-based installations. Her ongoing creative research explores ecology, poetry and speculative thought. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (2009) and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Alberta (2016). Recent solo exhibition sites include Open Studio (Toronto) and SNAP Gallery (Edmonton). Wedderspoon currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she teaches in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta and works out of her studio at SNAP Printshop.

 

Visit the MAG's grey wall to engage in this speculative, generative project that will grow and change throughout the fall, resulting in prints and texts from which Wedderspoon will create a book.

References

Haraway, Donna J. Staying with the Trouble Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press, 2016, p. 29

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “Headline Statements,” IPCC, Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C, accessed 2 September 2019, https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/resources/headline-statements/.

Jonathan Watts, Global Environment Editor for the Guardian, warns that “At the current level of commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3C of warming.” (Watts, Jonathan. “We Have 12 Years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe, Warns UN.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 8 Oct. 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report.) For projections of outcomes at various levels of heating, see The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells.

Nuccitelli, Dana. “There’s one key takeaway from last week’s IPCC report: Cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 15 October 2018, https://www.the guardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/oct/15/theres-one-key-takeaway-from-last-weeks-ipcc-report.

Ward, Bob. “The IPCC global warming report spares politicians the worst details: The dangers if governments ignore efforts to limit warming to 1.5C are more grave than the summary makes out.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 8 October 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/ oct/08/world-leaders-climate-change-ipcc-report.

Moritz, Aaron, and Shawn Vuillez. Episode 189 – Library Socialism & Usufruct, SRSLY WRONG Podcast, 3 June 2019, https://srslywrong.com/podcast/189-library-socialism-usufruct/.

 


John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery
MacEwan.ca/MitchellArtGallery

 



Event Details

Date September 13, 2019 – December 8, 2019
Location Mitchell Art Gallery
Room 11-121
Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Exhibit/Show
Contact Person Carolyn Jervis
Contact Phone 780-497-4424
Contact Email jervisc@macewan.ca