SUPERCATASTROPHE: WHICH STORIES TO TELL ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD — AT Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence

Supercatastrophe:
Which Stories to Tell About the end of the World
Manifattura Tabacchi
Via delle Cascine, 33/35, 50144 Florence
October 09 – October 18, 2020Curated by NERO

From 9 to 18 October 2020, Manifattura Tabacchi fills its spaces with the third edition of God is Green, a festival dedicated to sustainability and the future curated by NERO and produced by NAM – Not A Museum with the collaboration of Medusa, Not, Parasite 2.0, Threes, Andreco, Clara Ciccioni, Federica Timeto and Miriam Tola. The festival presents videos, sounds, and words which reflect upon the climate emergency and the impact of mankind on the natural environment, in order to look into strategies and practices that will help us to “survive on an infected planet”, to quote the words of philosopher Donna Haraway. SUPERCATASTROPHE aims to bring together some of the leading exponents from the rich network of artists, thinkers, activists, and cultural operators who have begun to reflect in original ways upon the geological era we call the Anthropocene, irremediably marked by the presence of mankind.

Within this scenario, the show assumes the form of a ‘hyperobject’, a concept which the philosopher and ecologist Timothy Morton has used to describe a particular genre of ‘objects’ where we can perceive their boundaries but never have a complete and clear picture of what they actually are. The exhibition will create an immersive environment within the spaces at Manifattura Tabacchi, with videos, literature, sounds and spoken words forming a kind of media archive on the climate emergency and the impact the mankind is having on planet Earth. 

The outfitting of the exhibition forms part of the exhibition itself and is curated by the artistic and architectural collective Parasite 2.0, using reprocessed discarded items and fluorescent pigments as a means of reflecting on the relationship between the natural habitat and human intervention. 

Within the outfitting by Parasite 2.0 there is a wide selection of videos from Medusa which has scoured the web and Youtube to collate an alienating portrait of a planet in collapse. Accompanying this spectacle will be a sound collage which brings together research carried out by Threes in the area of experimental electronic music and environmental sustainability, and there will also be a selection of literature from Not, creating a library of volumes especially selected for the occasion, which the public are free to use and consume.