EXTRACTIVISM | Memories of the sea
Mainstream accounts refer to the coastal regions of Kutch as wasteland, as submerged lands, as marginal—words that indicate a lack of human use and value. But these amphibious geographies have been inhabited for centuries by the fishing community and the pastoral Fakirani jat communities, a presence and livelihood that contests this presumed lack.
This is why we can’t have nice things!
Much of the debate around documenta fifteen forgets that political change and cultural change might not work in tandem, that denaturalising power relations might be easier than denaturalising gender relations and entrenched racial prejudices, or that the merits or demerits of political artworks, many of which come laden with harrowing backstories, cannot be measured against the yardstick of semiotic theory.
EXTRACTIVISM | Introduction to the dossier
How are images implicated in the increasingly diversified and expansive ways in which industrial-scale extractive methods and practices operate? To what extent do the ways images are produced, circulated, theorized, and politicized mirror or challenge extractive methods and practices?
EXTRACTIVISM | Sonic blind spots: Acoustic research in the Lower Mississippi River
Documenting the lower Mississippi River as an acoustic space reveals already existing power dimensions at play before they become fully legible as symptoms of extractive dispossession. Analysing the politics of vibration, emission sources, and bandwidth use inequalities can reveal much about the colonial regime of extractive infrastructures by exposing the disassembled temporalities of the extractive event.
EXTRACTIVISM | Notes on processes of unearthing: Wildfires and the entanglements of space on the unceded lands known as California
Thinking with entanglements of the wildfires on the unceded lands known as California and that is dedicated to analysing and locating openings to dismantle the abstraction that is the wildland-urban interface.
EXTRACTIVISM | Ben Asamoah’s Sakawa (2018) and the Problem of e-Waste
Sakawa—a combination of internet fraud, traditionalist African ritual practice, and gender performance—is not a quirky consequence of increasing West African access to digital technologies but rather a response to colonial economic policies that continue to designate Africa as a site for extracting mineral resources and discarding waste.