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Blackboard photos from week 13 class writeup

Hi everyone! Here's a link to the Google Drive folder that contains the photos of our blackboard notes from today's group discussion on the various Week 13 readings. Anyone with a @newschool.edu email address should be able to open this folder. I am trying to upload these photos directly to the AfterlifeArt blog, but the photo upload is [...]

By | November 20th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

the power of suggestion, and friends in high places

Eric Klien Interview write-up:  Group 6: Ousmane, Armando, and Oscar  -- Our group asked two questions of Eric Klien. The first was whether he thought that the Lifeboat Foundation was constructing problems that aren’t yet real. In other words, we wondered if making disaster plans for an imagined problem works to create the problem in [...]

By | November 14th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

Group 7’s interview write-up w/ Dr. Figueroa-Helland

Group 7: Armando, Ousmane, Oscar Our group’s question for Dr. Figueroa-Helland aimed to understand his position on the people he defined as indigenous “white-allies” using indigenous methods of permaculture or agriculture in their personal lives. Figueroa-Helland expressed his disappointment that most modern permaculture practices do not explicitly recognize that the use of permaculture is not [...]

By | November 7th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

capitalism and environmental harm: working towards sustainability, or accelerating self-destruction?

  Group 3 weekly Post: Ousmane, Armando and Oscar Professor's prompt: Through Kovel’s chapter: the machinery of capitalism will inevitably lead to ecological doom. Either counter or defend this position. If you were going to counter this process of ever-expanding capitalism, what would you need? What would you be looking for? What data do you need [...]

By | October 24th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

Group 1’s interview questions of Les Knight from VHEMT

Group 1: Armando Dollero, Ousmane Sow, and Oscar Fossum It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to discuss the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT) with its founder Les Knight. In relation to our texts this week, it was great to have the chance to interview the founder of a movement which uses fears of [...]

By | October 10th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

Film Concept based on Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus”

Writing Prompt: If you were to make a work of art from the myth of Sisyphus, what would it be? Sketch out the beginnings of your concept – where would you do it? What effect would you want it to have? Could be any form of art – film , literature, performance, music, public procession, [...]

By | October 3rd, 2018|Reviews|0 Comments

The Ideology of Immortality: a Tool for Social Control

The Ideology of Immortality: a Tool for Social Control Research Group 1: Armando Dollero, Ousmane Sow and Oscar Fossum In Professor Abou Farman’s essay “Terminality,” he discusses how “biomedicine has changed the horizon of death from a principally social and moral to a temporal one” (98). An individual’s distance from death is quantified by doctors, [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Reviews, Terminality|0 Comments

Converting Mount Pony Bunker into a Zen Retreat

Mount Pony, Culpeper, Virginia (link from week 4 readings) “The site of a former nuclear bunker known as Mount Pony, where the Federal Reserve secretly stockpiled billions of dollars in cash, which they planned to use to replenish currency supplies after Armageddon. In 2007 the facility was converted to the Library of Congress’ Packard campus [...]

By | September 25th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

Doomsday Clock skeptics attempt to ask non-threatening questions:

Skype conversation with John Mecklin: Group: Armando Dollero, Ousmane Sow, Oscar Fossum What questions did we ask? What inputs do you consider in calculating the time until midnight? About this idea of “misperception”: what happens if you get down to seconds? Do you fear that as the clock approaches midnight that the clock could lead to [...]

By | September 11th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments

why should we care about extinction? a running thesis

Group: Armando Dollero, Ousmane Sow, Oscar Fossum   Our group was interested in understanding extinction from a philosophical standpoint. For example, what is the significance of extinction to humans (subjectively), and is there any significance to extinction on an objective level? Instead of tackling such large questions in today’s group research project, we decided to [...]

By | September 4th, 2018|Terminality|0 Comments