Mermaids… and Mud: Futurability in Viral Times | esse arts + opinions

Mermaids… and Mud: Futurability in Viral Times

100 - Automne 2020

What does the crisis wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic mean for the future? Gwynne Fulton draws on Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s theory of futurability and the Karrabing Film Collective’s dystopian video The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland (2018) to imagine possible futures after the end of economy. Touching on the politics of death and ongoing legacies of settler-colonial violence, Karrabing’s Dreamtime story of a toxic mud, poisoned by extractive capitalism, offers an intergenerational vision of the future from the perspective of our radical dependence on the earth.


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