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Connecting ARTJOG 2019 and the Anthropocene

  • Lita Ambarwati

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Yogyakarta   /   Fri, August 23, 2019   /  02:36 pm
Connecting ARTJOG 2019 and the Anthropocene Thought-provoking: Visitors view Andrita Yuniza Orbandi’s Whirlwind of Time at the opening of the prestigious art festival, ARTJOG MMXIX. This year marks a milestone, as the month-long event has rebranded itself as an art festival from its 2008 inception as an art fair. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

This year’s ARTJOG in Yogyakarta is using the theme: “Common | Space”. Given the current situation in which we are confronted with a myriad of spaces where we intermingle or overlap one another, I find common space useful as it presents the notions of heterogeneity and connections. How ARTJOG 2019 is using art as a platform for discussing the environment and the Anthropocene epoch and for raising awareness of the current ecological crises is interesting. Coined by Eugene Stoermer and Paul Crutzen in the early 2000s, the Anthropocene references a geological epoch that started when humans became the main agents of geologic change. Although etymologically the term Anthropocene has had a conflicted history and the notion of the Anthropocene has been disputed, it has been widely used in various fields by scientists, politicians, anthropologists, humanists, artists, cur...

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