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Introduction to Comparative Planetology

As we plot our political, design, and cultural interventions in response to climate crisis and global pandemics, we should always ask: For what Earth do we design?

In his lecture, Lukáš Likavčan draws from his recent publication by Strelka Press, where he introduced a philosophical genre providing an intertwined analysis of visual cultures of imagining the Earth and geopolitics of climate emergency. This lecture aims to update the five figures of comparative planetology - the Planetary, the Globe, the Terrestrial, Earth-without-us and Spectral Earth - in response to the recent experiences with global pandemics, while crafting a narrative specifically suited for Russian audience. Each of these figures function simultaneously as visual paradigms, geopolitical regimes and design briefs. The lecture thus presents comparative planetology as a cosmological exercise which seeks to become one of the navigational tools for plotting an escape plan out of the impasse of modernity.

Lukáš Likavčan is a researcher and theorist. He teaches at Center for Audiovisual Studies FAMU in Prague, and at The Terraforming program at Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design in Moscow

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