Ecologies of Care / Screening and conversation with Silvia Federici and Angela Anderson

Ecologies of Care
Screening and conversation with Silvia Federici and Angela Anderson

Ecologies of Care
Screening and conversation with Silvia Federici and Angela Anderson
September 11, 2019, 7pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

Join us at e-flux on Wednesday, September 11, at 7pm for a screening of Angela Anderson’s new film, Three (or more) Ecologies: A Feminist Articulation of Eco-intersectionality – Part I: For the World to Live, Patriarchy Must Die. Following the screening, the filmmaker will be in conversation with activist and feminist writer Silvia Federici.

The way one relates to land, water, and other so-called natural resources is reflected in the way goods, relations, and affinities are produced. Economic models that devalue and obstruct care produce the subjectivities that drive the current climate crisis and the ongoing disruption/destruction of ecosystems, displacing both humans and other-than humans, with blatant disregard for the embodied knowledge these ecosystems cultivate and nourish. In her new video work Three (or more) Ecologies: A Feminist Articulation of Eco-intersectionality – Part I: For the World to Live, Patriarchy Must Die, Angela Anderson brings together two geographically disparate locations on the globe: North Dakota and Rojava (Northern Syria). The film contrasts the highly industrial/technical nature of the destructive fracking industry in North Dakota’s Bakken region with a women’s autonomous village project in Rojava, emphasizing the urgent need for a societal shift towards relations of empathy and care.

Following the screening will be a conversation with the eminent feminist thinker and activist Silvia Federici on the topics of care, eco-intersectional empathy, and the necessity of redefining value in the face of impending ecological collapse.

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and activist. In 1972, she co-founded the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign. She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years, and co-founded the Committee for Academic Freedom for Africa. She has written several influential works on women’s history, feminist theory, and political philosophy, including Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004); Revolution at Point Zero (2012); Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women (2018); and Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Common (2018). She is Professor Emerita at Hofstra University.

Angela Anderson is an artist and researcher working at the intersections of the fields of philosophy, ecology, economics, migration, and feminist & queer theory. During 2018-2019 she was an Art and Theory Fellow at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck).  Recent video works include the audio-visual research projects Unearthing Disaster (2013-2015) and The Refrain (2015) with the video artist Angela Melitopoulos, The Sea Between You and Me (2016) and as a co-author in the project Crossings (2017) by Angela Melitopoulos which was shown in documenta 14. Recent exhibitions include Tiroler Kunstpavillion (Innsbruck, 2019), CAAC (Sevilla, 2018), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, 2017), Holbaek Images (Holbaek, 2016), Framer Framed (Amsterdam), and the Thessaloniki Biennale (2015). She is also the exhibition designer for Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival. She holds an MA in Film and Media Studies from the New School (NYC) and is pursuing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Originally from Wisconsin, USA, she lives and works in Berlin.

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Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, writer, and a teacher. In 1972 she was one of the cofounders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Wages For Housework campaign internationally. In the 1990s, after a period of teaching and research in Nigeria, she was active in the anti-globalization movement and the US anti–death penalty movement. She is one of the cofounders of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, an organization dedicated to generating support for the struggles of students and teachers in Africa against the structural adjustment of African economies and educational systems. From 1987 to 2005 she taught international studies, women studies, and political philosophy courses at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. All through these years she has written books and essays on philosophy and feminist theory, women’s history, education, and culture, and more recently the worldwide struggle against capitalist globalization and for a feminist reconstruction of the commons.

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