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‘Each time an existence disappears, it is a piece of the universe of sensations that fades away.[i]

Biologists suggest we are now entering the sixth mass extinction event since complex life evolved on earth. With increasing heat, pollution and toxicity putting pressure unevenly on all forms of life, how might we collectively learn ‘to live and die well with each other in a thick present’?[ii] What does it mean to cohabit with other species in such a thick, entangled present, where multiple times overlap and intersect, and those of many entities and assemblages as we know them are approaching an end? What are the politics, poetics and affects of more-than-human finitude? During the second half of 2018, artist-in-residence Tessa Zettel hosts an informal extinction club study group at Beijing’s Institute for Provocation addressing these questions and others as they arise.

No special expertise is necessary ~ we’d love you to join us!

Come along to the next meeting &/or send an email with any questions to: tessa.zettel [at] gmail [dot] com

[i] Vinciane Despret, ‘Afterword: It Is an Entire World That Has Disappeared’, in Thom van Dooren, Deborah Bird Rose and Mathew Chrulew (eds.) Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), Columbia University Press, p. 220

[ii] Donna Haraway Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (2016), Duke University Press, p. 1


This project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.