Buell Hall (East Gallery), Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street, New York
Some of the most vivid questions posed by the ecological crisis are matters for playwrights and artists. Why is this? Because we have the greatest difficulty in collectively representing where we are, who we are, which protagonists are in conflict, and, above all, what role we should play in this adventure for which we were not prepared. As always in times of deep crisis, theater seems particularly suited to capture the ongoing climatic upheaval. What we are not able to think together, we have to stage in front of an audience.
Frédérique Aït-Touati will present upon these stage experiments which borrow from theatre, the history of science, politics and anthropology, to test, each time, how these disciplines are able to absorb the shock of the new earth sciences. Between philosophy and art, this talk will explore the hypothesis that the major cosmological upheaval that is sweeping us away cannot do without a new character, Earth, or Gaia, introduced onto the world stage.