New Extractivism

Vladan Joler

3 November 2023
20:45 — 21:45

Location: Het Huis Studio 3

Despite the fact that Vladan Joler could not be physically present and had to do his presentation remote from New York, his keynote was one of the most talked about events of the IMPAKT Festival 2022. This made us decide to invite Joler again and we made sure that he will actually be in Utrecht. 

Joler will present his work New Extractivism in the Don’t Be Evil exhibition (1 November to 9 January 2024) and participate in the Our Future with AI panel (Saturday 4 November, 15.30). But most importantly, he will give a new and extended talk on his New Extractivism project, for those who missed it last year, heard about it from friends, or simply want to experience it again.

The discussion afterwards will be moderated by Friso Wiersum.

New Extractivism
At this very moment in the 21st century, we are witnessing a new form of extractivism that reaches into the furthest corners of the biosphere and the deepest layers of human cognitive and affective being. To tackle the truly planetary scale of extractivism, it is necessary to move beyond a simplistic analysis of the relationship between individual human beings, their data and the actions of tech companies. New Extractivism by Vladan Joler is a cartographic project that can be understood as a titanic effort to outline these interconnections and to make sense of our contemporary reality. The project is an assemblage of concepts and allegories, drawn from a variety of resources: statistical research and data mining, ancient and contemporary philosophy, media theory and fiction, sociology and economics. Together, all these allegories and concepts create a blueprint for a machine-like superstructure, or ‘super allegory’. What we eventually get here is a fractal-like allegorical structure: an allegory within an allegory within an allegory.


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