Armin Linke on Global Infrastructures and the Anthropocene

Talk, in English, Paul-Desmarais Theatre, 2 November 2023, 6:30pm

Join us for a talk by artist Armin Linke, who will present his research and explorations on the connections between spaces, actors, and structures of the global economies and processes responsible for ongoing ecological and societal changes.

Informed by his conversations with scientists, artists, theoreticians, activists, workers, and politicians, Linke has compiled a vast archive of images that examine architecture from an ecological and anthropological perspective. Through installations and publications, he has aimed to build a visual record of the geological epoch defined by the impact of human activities on the Earth, now known as the Anthropocene. He is also interested in connections between the photographer and viewers, whom he often invites to collect, rearrange, or print his images as books, leporellos, digital publications, and postcards, as currently presented in our Main galleries with the work 4Flight (2000).

This talk is part of a series of events building on the studio visits organized for the exhibition The Lives of Documents—Photography as Project. It offers an opportunity to meet artists and photographers and continue to reflect on their processes and the strategies they use in constructing visual arguments, critiques, research, and observations about our built environment.

Armin Linke (b. 1966, Milan) is an artist working with photography and film to question the medium and its technologies, narrative structures, and complicitiesin wider socio-political processes. His work operates as a collection of tools for demystifying different design strategies and languages. His recent solo exhibitions include Image Capital (with Estelle Blaschke) and shows at theCentre Pompidou, Paris, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Eschborn/Frankfurt, MAST, Bologna, and Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2022–2023. A former MIT Visual Arts Program research affiliate, guest professor at IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice, professor of photography at Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design, artistin residence at KHI Florenz, and guest artist at CERN Geneva, Linke is currently a guest professor at ISIA Urbino.


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