Post Fossil Fuel Futures

Nestori Syrjälä, Shoe Dryer, 2013. Sculpture: Epson EH-TW3200 projector, Nike running shoes, mud.

Post Fossil Fuel Futures
Nov 4th at 6:30 pm

The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, C 201
New York, NY 10016-4309

The global community is unanimous: societies need to rapidly transition to a post-fossil era. This means rebuilding infrastructures and practices in ways we may not yet imagine. How can we really understand what life would be without fossil fuels? How do image ecologies, or networks of images as objects in circulation, operate as a means for changing human relationships to fossil fuels? Join Paavo Järvensivu, Ashley Dawson, and artist group Not an Alternative to discuss political, economic and cultural battles and visions related to this transition, with special attention to different perspectives in the US, across Europe, and in the Global South.

The event is organized by Mobius fellow Paavo Järvensivu in collaboration with The Amie and Tony James Gallery, The Center for Humanities, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Co-sponsored by FCINY's Mobius Fellowship program.

How can we really understand what
life would be without fossil fuels?

Paavo Järvensivu is a writer and a researcher of economic culture, based in Helsinki, Finland, and working at Mustarinda and BIOS Research Unit. Since finishing his PhD on organizational cultures at the Aalto University School of Economics in 2010, he has engaged in transdisciplinary projects with artists, philosophers and natural and social scientists in order to construct cultural, economic and political solutions to the ever-deepening global environmental crisis.

One of the driving questions for him has been: how is it that the material world, with all its diverse beings and relations, seems so disconnected from our everyday lives, even though our culture is said to be "materialistic"? This disconnection is most obvious in the political and economic spheres, which are driven almost solely by economic abstractions.

The Amie and Tony James Gallery is located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city and brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through innovative formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. As a space for artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.


MOBIUS is a fellowship program for visual arts, museum and archive professionals based in New York, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Finland. The program enables transatlantic mobility and collaborative practices and supports long-lasting professional relationships.