An Evening with Timothy Morton

STRP Scenario #5

Location: DOMUSDELA, Eindhoven
20:00 (doors open at 19:30)
Language: English

Timothy Morton (philosopher and professor at the Rice University in Houston, USA) is concerned with the question of how humans relate to ecology. 12.500 years ago, we divided the world into nature and culture, into man and animal, with man in the leading role. This way of thinking in terms of boundaries and species, also known as anthropocentrism, must change because humans, animals and things are interwoven, according to Morton. We are all symbiotic beings that are intertwined with other symbiotic beings.

His books are an invitation to start thinking in an associative, playful way. ‘Dark Ecology’ (2016) is now considered a standard work and ‘Being Ecological’ (2018) is his most recent book. Don’t expect it to give you a summary of ecological facts and figures or an accusatory monologue, but rather a plea for handling ecological knowledge in a more sincere way.

Grab your chance to engage in a conversation with one of the most fascinating philosophers of our time

Before Timothy Morton hits the stage, philosopher Miriam Rasch will give a presentation about her new, soon to be published book on ethics and dataism 'Frictie'. Miriam is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Network Cultures, doing projects on hybrid publishing, the future of cultural criticism and digital ethics. Her book on life in post-digital times 'Zwemmen in de oceaan' was published in 2017.

Reading Group

In the run up to this STRP Scenario we are organising a reading group so we can pause, think and discuss Morton's ideas together.

Listen

Listen to the BBC 4 programme The End of the World Has Already Happened in which Timothy Morton rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis and our place in the biosphere.

Many feel that climate change will destroy the world’s economy, flood cities, cause mass migrations and even cause regional wars, but why is it so difficult for so many of us to engage with it?

See

See the art exhibition Polarities, Psychology and Politics of Being Ecological at MU Artspace. With Polarities, MU is questioning the extremities of our age. Is economy truly the opposite of nature, female the opposite of male, extinction the opposite of survival? Change is inevitable, but don’t worry too much: we are all ecological anyhow.

On presentation of your STRP Scenario #5 ticket, the Polarities exhibition in MU can be visited free of charge until 1 March.

MU will extend the opening hours on January 30 until 19.30, so you can combine your visit to STRP Scenario #5 with this exhibition. The MU team will gladly give you a tour, providing you with more details about the various works.

Read

Read this article on Timothy Morton's latest book Being Ecological in the Guardian.

To read Being Ecological is to be caught up in a brilliant display of intellectual pyrotechnics. The playful seriousness of Morton’s prose mixes references to Blade Runner and Tibetan Buddhism with lyrics from Talking Heads and concepts from German philosophers.

How to get there?

Kanaalstraat, Centrum 4
5611 CT Eindhoven