Book presentation: Metabolic Rifts Reader

Editors Alexandra Balona and Sofia Lemos
in conversation with philosopher Etienne Turpin

METABOLIC RIFTS is a series of events organized by PROSPECTIONS for Art, Education and Knowledge Production, a roving assembly for visual and performing arts research mobilized by Alexandra Balona and Sofia Lemos. By investigating how the logic of capitalist accumulation and neoliberal reasoning ruptures the metabolism of the earth’s systems, severing its basic operations of renewal, this programme encourages multifarious approaches to planetary phenomena proposing a forum for discussing their eroding histories and coming perspectives.

At Zabriskie, METABOLIC RIFTS gathers as a publication launch and in-conversation with philosopher Etienne Turpin, inviting its participants for a shared reading and discussion. Drawing from its past assemblies (2017-2018), the METABOLIC RIFTS Reader, published and designed by ATLAS Projectos, contains critical contributions that address the prospect of global strife surrounding the discursive foreclosures of the Anthropocene. The book explores how different media, including scholarship, dance, dramaturgy, and curatorial knowledge, connect seemingly disconnected geohistories and vulnerabilities that engage with the Earth’s past, present and future tenses. 

PROSPECTIONS for Art, Education and Knowledge Production is a roving assembly for visual and performing arts research, mobilized by Alexandra Balona and Sofia Lemos in Portugal.
Alexandra Balona is a researcher, educator and independent curator.
Sofia Lemos is Curator of Public Programmes & Research at Nottingham Contemporary

Etienne Turpin is a philosopher, co-founder and CEO of User Group—an office for design research, software development, and digital strategy, and co-founder and co-director of Asset Production Studio—an arts, theory, and cultural consultancy working through publications, exhibitions, and events. Previously, he worked in higher education as a research scientist at the MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a professor at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto. He is the co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series, in the context of Das Anthropozän-Projekt (K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt), The Work of Wind: Sea (K.Verlag, forthcoming 2019), The Work of Wind: Land (K. Verlag, 2018), Fantasies of the Library (MIT Press, 2016), and Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015); and, editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013).