Aside from everything else that it represents at the moment, the problem of climate is also a crisis for cultural institutions. These institutions, when driven by a critical imperative, have historically and consistently focused on social problems: the disenfranchisement of certain communities; the use of culture to perpetuate the interests of affluent classes; the commercialization of everything, etc.. By contrast, the problem of climate, where social history and natural history collapse into one another, has been a difficult phenomenon for these institutions to broach effectively. Most efforts have remained at the level of symbolic production, producing images of disaster and/or entreating us to “sense” the changes that are visiting Earth systems. One wonders if this is sufficient, if new and different modes of institutional production don’t need to be urgently invented. In this presentation, I will show a couple of examples of initiatives that are heading in this direction.
Gean Moreno is Curator of Programs at ICA Miami, where he founded and organizes the Art + Research Center. He was on the Advisory Board of the 2017 Whitney Biennial and serves as co-director of [NAME] Publications. Between 2014-2016, Moreno was Artistic Director at Cannonball, where he developed pedagogical platforms and public commissions. He has contributed texts to various catalogues and publications, including e-flux journal, Kaleidoscope, and Art in America, and has lectured at numerous universities.