On Sensitivity Arts, Science and Politics in the New Climatic Regime

What equipment is necessary to render us sensitive to the New Climatic Regime? There is science, of course, without which we would not have become aware of the change. There is also politics, the only way to assemble the relevant stake holders. But since we don’t seem naturally endowed with the right sensitivity to absorb the magnitude of the ecological mutations we confront, there is also the arts.

The lecture will review the overlap between these three forms of aesthetics (defined as what makes us sensitive to hitherto unknown phenomena) by using various performances in which Bruno Latour has been involved: theatre, exhibitions, simulations, as well as interventions in social science and philosophy.

This lecture is hosted by Performance Climates 2016, Performance Studies International Conference. Proudly supported by the School of Culture and Communication, the Australian Centre and our partners Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Victorian College of the Arts.