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Planetary Narratives #2: Fly with Pacha, into the Aerocene | 11 of April, 2024

Discussion about the current controversy of the Anthropocene votation and film screening followed by panel discussion with documentary film maker Maximiliano Laina, Aerocene Activist Olivia Laina and Debjani Bhattacharyya, Chair for the history of the Anthropocene.

April 11, 2024 from 6 pm to 9 pm

6.00 pm Apero and walk-through of the exhibition More-Than-Planet with curators Ewen Chardronnet and Martina Huber | WE ARE AIA Space
7.00 pm Keynote about the current controversy of the Anthropocene votation by Debjani Bhattacharyya, Chair for the history of the Anthropocene, University of Zurich | Schwarzescafé
7:15 pm Start of Film Screening Fly with Pacha, into the Aerocene | Schwarzescafé
8.30 pm Panel discussion with Film maker Maximiliano Laina and Aerocene activist Olivia Laina and Debjani Bhattacharyya, moderated by Ewen Chardronnet | Schwarzescafé
9.00 pm End

In the Andean culture, Pacha is a superior energy that organizes and harmonizes all inhabitants in the Cosmos. Fly with Pacha, into the Aerocene is a collaborative, ongoing movie, a message, a sculpture, a journey around the sun with Pachamama, a space-time towards an era of complementarities.
In Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc Basin, Jujuy, Argentina, communities co-organized a performance in solidarity with Kollas Indigenous Peoples, protecting their ancestral lands from lithium extraction, for eco-social justice in the name of the peoples of the Global Majority. Initiated in 2017, with additional archival fragments dating from 2006 onwards, this project is an ongoing dialogue with these communities.

Aerocene is an era-in-the-making, a community, a non-profit foundation.

Details of the film:

Full Title: Fly with Pacha, Into the Aerocene, 2017—ongoing
Duration: 76 minutes, 25 seconds.
Directors: Maximiliano Laina and Tomás Saraceno
Script: Claudia Aboaf, Tomás Saraceno, Iosi Havilio.


Maximiliano Laina (b 1973, he/him/his), Documentary Film Maker
He studied Film Directing at ENERC (Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica). He is a documentary filmmaker with special interest in projects that cross the boundaries between art, science, social activism and environmental care. He has traveled with his great friend, Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, filming and flying aerosol sculptures in semi-inhospitable places—in Argentina from Ushuaia to the Salinas Grandes de Jujuy, as well as the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia—as well as looking for spiders in a biological station in Corrientes or documenting the arachnomance in Somié, a small village located in the Adamawa region, near the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.

Prof. Dr. Debjani Bhattacharyya, Chair for the History of the Anthropocene, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Debjani Bhattacharyya will give an introduction into the controversy of the Anthropocene and participate in the panel discussion of the film screening.
The Anthropocene is a geo-biophysical marker indexing anthropogenic transformation of the Earth. The Chair for the History of the Anthropocene combines a study of environmental transformation, climate history, with the history of geological and economic transformation. This stratigraphical marker denoting epochal change is not just a scientific concern, but it also affects political, social, economic, and juridical aspects of human and non-human life on this planet. Research in her chair focuses on rethinking the categories of the human, the planet, environments, climate, resource-extraction, knowledge economies and non-human lives.

Olivia Laina, a 17-year-old activist and creator with a deep connection with nature. Olivia is actively engaged in various creative, educational, and activist initiatives. She was involved in the construction of the Aerosolar Museum at the C3 (Cultural Science Centre), has also participated in aerosolar sculpture flights during events like the "Big Day" in Ansenuza (Córdoba), the global climate change march, and the plurinational anti-extractivist march. Her most significant contributions include the participation as assistant producer for the performance in Jujuy "Fly with Pacha, towards the Aerocene". In addition, Olivia researches and writes about sustainable agriculture, seaweed and nature conservation in Argentina.

This event is co-funded by Pro Helvetia's Synergies program "Archipelago" and the Creative Europe program "More-Than-Planet"

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