On Sensitivity Arts, Science and Politics in the New Climatic Regime (lecture proper starts at 16mn)
5th of July Keynote lecture in Melbourne for the opening of the Performance Studies International
What is the equipment necessary to render us sensitive to the New Climatic Regime? There is that of science, of course, without which we would not have become aware of the change. There is that of politics, the only way to assemble the relevant stake holders. But there is also that of the arts since we don't seem to be endowed naturally with the right sensitivity to absorb the magnitude of the ecological mutations. The lecture will review the overlap between those three forms of aesthetics (defined as what makes us sensitive to hitherto unknown phenomena) by using the various performances in which the author has been involved: theather, exhibitions, simulations as well as interventions in social science and philosophy.