We are constantly hearing that humans face an epochal moment – that, if we are not at the end, we are inching close. And it’s not just one sort of ending. For many people, human beings and their earth seem to be close to many modes of ending. We are hearing conversations about the end of the EU, the end of migrants’ rights and of liberal democracy, the end of gender, sexual, and racial justice; the end of the human; the end of the planet. So what’s next?
Anthropologist and filmmaker, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, one of the foremost thinkers in contemporary anthropology and gender studies, in a conversation moderated by Guilherme Blanc – director for Contemporary Art and Film of Ágora, E.M. and one of the curators for this year’s edition of Fórum do Futuro – will discuss how all the dreams that the West has invented for itself seem to have reached a catastrophic epilogue. What would politics and affects appear, however, if rather than a western analytics of finitude (a philosophy of the end) we developed a social theory with those who have been living after the end? In this talk Povinelli will situate such a social theory in Australian Indigenous worlds, using the film The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland by the Karrabing Film Collective, an indigenous film and video collective based in Australia’s Northern Territory, which she co-founded and which uses filmmaking and installation as a form of resistance and self-organisation.