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Alan N. Shapiro: "Towards a New Green Politics"
Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2012
Abteilung Digitale Kunst
Expositur Sterngasse 10
Alan N. Shapiro (Technologist and Futurist): "The disasters that we are faced with in the areas of ecology, energy and the environment are well-known and they are truly horrific. We are confronted with global warming, the melting of the polar icecaps, the destruction of old-growth forests, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, polluted water in the Berkeley Pit, threats to the Great Barrier Reef, loss of biodiversity, and the extinction of species. Yet the approach to Green Politics that we have in all countries in the world, and across the spectrum of political parties, is the same old discourse that has been tried for 40 years now and is not working. The question is: How can we develop an alternative to this worn-out discourse of “catastrophe warning”, how can we construct a new Green Discourse, a new Green Politics that might jump-start the ecology-environmental movement into effective action? Politics should be based on sound basic principles, so I believe that we must start from philosophy. From the philosophy of the relationship among humanity, nature and technology. We need to settle upon new first principles, and then, based on these, assemble the new Green Politics step-by-step. My talk will be divided into three parts. First, I will speak about the book that the philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote about ecology, energy and the environment. It is called "The Illusion of the End." In this book, Baudrillard accurately identifies what is fundamentally wrong with the establishment Green Politics: it revolves around an apocalyptic discourse, a perpetual warning about allegedly “real” catastrophes, and it is based on wrong philosophical assumptions. Second, I will explicate the ideas presented in a book called "The Technological Herbarium" by Gianna Maria Gatti. This very important book has been published in three different editions in Italian, English, and German. I translated Gatti’s book from Italian into English, and I edited it and wrote a preface to it. I will elaborate the philosophical first principles regarding the relationship among humanity, nature, technology, life and art articulated by Gianna Maria Gatti. Third, building on top of the ideas of Baudrillard and Gatti, I will start to put together the essential ideational elements of the proposed new Green Politics".