MECO asks some questions

These questions were generated as a result of the first MECO Research Camp, held at the Bundanon Trust Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale NSW from July 2 – 5, 2015.

  1. How could we forget Gaia?
  2. Do we value the non-human for its own sake or because it is good for us?
  3. Wither Finitude?
  4. What do we do when we know we have limits (to time) (to resources)?
  5. Why do we behave as if we don’t have limits?
  6. Why do we reach for convenience?
  7. Why do objects seem smaller, the further away they are?
  8. How can we engage with ‘nature’ in art but not always treat it as wild/ sublime – ie. a basis for subsistence and economic survival?
  9. Does the earth care what we do?
  10. Does a lyrebird care?
  11. Does grass care?
  12. Does bacteria care?
  13. Define care.
  14. Does a human care?
  15. How to care with skin in the game?
  16. How to care like a sociable object?
  17. Where do (I) (we) care?
  18. Why do (I) (we) care?
  19. What just forms of relation with non-human (objects/ animals) do not involve self/ othering?
  20. What about birds and drones?
  21. Prehension, just humans objects animals?
  22. How does all of this, inform my practice?
  23. Does the idea of connecting animal, mineral, or vegetable move us past our fear for the body?
  24. Have we grown out of our fear of technology being separate to us and should we be concerned for technology becoming/ being a part of us?
  25. Would it be possible to make a structure that reflects the idea of animal, mineral and vegetable being one that we could exist with?
  26. Does nature abstract ecology?
  27. Is this a time for melancholia?
  28. How do we care for entropy?
  29. What does thought do?
  30. How do we mourn without nostalgia (presupposition that nostalgia is a problem)?
  31. Where is sympathy?
  32. Can we celebrate entanglement?
  33. When is it not a problem to mourn with nostalgia?
  34. When is it a problem to mourn with nostalgia?
  35. If I am living in the Anthropocene and implicated. Entangled what might I invest on how much I respond in practices, daily life choices, relations with “earth others”?
  36. What is the Anthropocene good for?
  37. How do we turn towards (orientate) the Anthropocene?
  38. Can the Anthropocene invigorate truly critical work?