THE END OF YOU Series: Surveying the Anthropocene

With Jonathon Keats
Sunday, February 23
11am – 1pm

Free with entry to exhibition
Reservation required

Location: Gray Area and surrounds
Wear walking shoes, and pets are welcome to attend and participate!

Human geologists are increasingly convinced that radioisotopes from nuclear testing are the best chemical signature to define the Anthropocene as an epoch.
What do worms think? What matters most from the perspective of mushrooms or slime molds or cyanobacteria or bristlecone pine trees?

At the first gathering of the radically inclusive Interspecies Union of Geological Sciences – an organization that every organism on the planet is invited to join – human and non-human volunteers will be tasked with amassing and organizing material evidence of the Anthropocene: markers of humankind that members consider significant from their personal, cultural, biological and/or ecological perspective.

Celeste Martore

Celeste (b. 1994, San Francisco, CA) is an artist based in Los Angeles. She was trained in architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Before that, she worked independently as a set designer in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has taught set design and architecture at various universities in the US. Her eye is trained to the corners, the in-betweens, and the hidden-yet-very-visible patches of a city that authors tender moments of ritual, performance, and play. Her works take various forms, mostly photography, sculpture and architecture. Her works are indebted to the dispossessed and unhoused populations in the Bay Area, the original land stewards and indigenous peoples of the Pacific and the Americas, the revolutionary spirit of native South Africans, and the generations of families spread across the diaspora in search of home.

Image Credits: Brenda (BZ) Zhang

Jonathon Keats

Acclaimed as a “poet of ideas” by The New Yorker and a “multimedia philosopher-prophet” by The Atlantic, Jonathon Keats is an artist, writer and experimental philosopher based in the United States and Europe. His conceptually-driven transdisciplinary projects explore all aspects of society, adapting methods from the sciences and the humanities. He has exhibited and lectured at dozens of institutions worldwide, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Stanford University to the Triennale di Milano, and from SXSW to CERN to UNESCO. He is the author of six books on subjects ranging from science and technology to art and design – most recently You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, published by Oxford University Press – and is the author of a weekly online art and design column for Forbes. He has been an artist-in residence at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station, and the LACMA Art + Technology Lab, a Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an Imaginary Fellow at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and a Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment. He is currently a visiting scholar at San Jose State University’s CADRE Laboratory for New Media, research associate at the University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, research fellow at the Highland Institute, consulting philosopher at Earth Law Center and the Museum of Tomorrow, Polar Lab artist at the Anchorage Museum, Flux Exchange Artist at Flux Projects, and artist-in-residence at Hyundai, the SETI Institute, and UC San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center.. He serves as co-director of the Alien Hybrid Garden at Arizona State University, and curatorial director of the Museum of Future History. A monograph about his art, Thought Experiments, was recently published by Hirmer Verlag. He is represented by Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.

THE END OF YOU Event & Workshop Series

This event is part of a series of programming for the immersive exhibition THE END OF YOU.
Attend lectures, workshops, and guided tours to learn more about the exhibition.