This multi-media website is the primary archive and output of the two-year research project The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (December 2016-December 2018). It combines 32 edited video interviews, organized by topics and cartographically located on the homepage map of the city and region of Geneva; 58 glossary entries elaborating keywords, concepts, places, species, and names, and including critical interpretation and reflection on the interviews, as well as visual works and new representations; a detailed account of the project and its methods and history; and a bibliography.
The international, cross-disciplinary conference Anthroposcreams, Desert(ed) Destinations and Wilding Weather – Wish You Were Here was held November 8-10, 2018, at HEAD – Genève. Initiated by the UK-based nomadic research community “Terror on Tour,” and co-organized by TAAG Project Director Gene Ray (HEAD – Genève), TAAG advisory research group member Gabriella Calchi Novati (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich), Andrew Wilford (University of Chichester, UK), and Paul Antick (University of Roehampton, UK), the conference gathered 30 artists, philosophers, geographers, anthropologists, visual culture studies scholars, science and technology studies scholars, and performance studies scholars for three days of presentations and discussions focused on the social signs and cultural politics of the so-called Anthropocene. TAAG researchers Aurélien Gamboni and Janis Schroeder presented the The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva to the conference and research community. Speakers and panels were introduced by graduate students of the CCC Research-based Master Programme at HEAD – Genève. Following a call for papers, all submissions were reviewed and selected by all members of the organizing committee. An edited, peer-reviewed volume of selected and revised papers will follow. A PDF of the conference brochure, with schedule, speaker bios, and paper abstracts, can be accessed here.
The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva was a TAAG-organized three-day international symposium that took place at HEAD – Genève on October 18-20, 2017. The symposium, which included one day of presentations open to the general public, gathered the TAAG research group (Gene Ray, Aurélien Gamboni, Janis Schroeder, and Kate Stevenson) and TAAG advisory research group members (Iain Boal, David Cross, Sacha Kagan, Armin Linke, Nils Norman, Catherine Quéloz, and Liliane Schneiter) to preview the developing TAAG website, participate in four video interviews, and critically discuss the conceptual and self-reflexive positioning of the project. TAAG researchers Aurélien Gamboni, Janis Schroeder, and Kate Stevenson presented the TAAG website and project to the symposium and general public.
Janis Schroeder, The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva: Trailer 001, digital video, 1:37 minutes, 2018. This short video work is the first of a series now in production. Drawing on interviews and video fieldwork, these works serve to introduce and disseminate the TAAG research project. The video trailer can be accessed on vimeo here. and on youtube here.
papers & presentations
Gene Ray, “Terror and the Sublime in the so-called Anthropocene,” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 15.2 (2019, accepted/in press).
Gene Ray, “Diasporas of the Anthropocene: Rethinking Migration, Refuge and the Local, when even Climates are ‘On the Move’,” paper for the international, interdisciplinary conference Art and the Anthropocene, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, June 7-9, 2019. (Paper proposal accepted.)
Aurélien Gamboni and Janis Schroeder “The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva,” presentation at the artist-run space Trafic, Lausanne, December 17, 2018.
Aurélien Gamboni and Janis Schroeder “The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva,” presentation to the international, cross-disciplinary conference Anthroposcreams, Desert(ed) Destinations and Wilding Weather – Wish You Were Here, HEAD – Genève, November 8, 2018.
Gene Ray, Aurélien Gamboni, Janis Schroeder, and Kate Stevenson, “The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva,” presentation to the research practices seminar of the Institut de recherché en art et en design (IRAD), HEAD – Genève, January 25, 2018.
Aurélien Gamboni, Janis Schroeder, and Kate Stevenson, “The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva,” presentation to TAAG advisory research group and general public during the symposium The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva, HEAD – Genève, October 18, 2017.
Gene Ray, “Terror in the Anthropocene-Capitalocene-Chthulucene-Necrocene.” Keynote address for Borders, Detours & Contingencies, a three-day international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic conference, University of Innsbruck, Austria, March 29, 2017.
Tania Araman, “Les changements environmentaux sous la loupe de la HEAD,” Hémisphères: La revue Suisse de la recherche et ses applications, no. 17 (June 2019, forthcoming).
Rachel Mondego, “Répondre aux enjeux d’une planète en mutation,” Tribune de Genève, December 13th, 2018