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Eco-agenda and Environmentalism
New worlds require new cosmogonies. New cosmogonies, as narrative artefacts, require new mythopoetic creations to emerge. At a time when the old world appears to be dying, and the new one is still struggling to be born, the creation of mythical narratives that might be capable of crossing the boundaries between worlds takes on a crucial importance.’ (Frederico Campagna)

As Max Weber pointed out(Science as a Vocation, 1917), the Industrial Revolution's purpose was to disenchant the world. Mythological thinking was doomed in the reality of steam engines, factories, and looms. Technocratic European rationality seemed to have triumphed -- the world had changed, and old-fashioned tales of monsters had become historical artifacts. And yet myth has never gone away. It has only changed its appearance, becoming one of the most important cultural forms of the 20th century. In Ernst Cassirer’sThe Technique of Modern Political Myths, 1946, modern myth is a chimera born from the cross-breeding of the traditional elements of myth with technology and the public authorities. Modernity has formed a new cosmogony, inside of which exists our everyday lives.

NEW NOW programme will be launched with a discussion on what is contemporary mythmaking and can mythological thinking resist the disintegration of reality on a global level and on the level of everyday actions? How can radical mythology help us to adapt to global climate change, decrease inequality, and promote a feminist agenda? And what cultural “traces” we will be leaving behind for the generations that come after us?
18 November 2021, 8 p.m. UTC +3
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The event is part of the international UK–Russia Creative Bridge programme 2021–2022 supported by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow
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Suzanne Dhaliwal
Suzanne Dhaliwal is a Climate Justice Creative, Campaigner, Researcher, Lecturer in Environmental Justice and Trainer in Creative Strategies for Decolonisation.
Suzanne was voted one of London's most influential people in the category of The Environment in 2018 by the Evening Standard. In 2009 she co-founded the UK Tar Sands Network, which challenged BP and Shell investments in Canadian tar sands in solidarity with frontline indigenous communities, spurring the internationalisation of the fossil fuel divestment movement.Her corporate and financial campaigning spans more than a decade, including her spearheading of a European coalition to challenge the insurance industry on their underwriting of high-pollution coal and tar sands projects. Suzanne has led artistic interventions to challenge fossil fuel investments globally and currently works as a creative practice tutor and freelance consultant.
Lucia Pietroiusti
Lucia Pietroiusti is a curator working at the intersection of art, ecology, and systems, usually outside of the gallery format. She was the founder of and is currently curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London, as well as the curator ofSun & Sea (Marina)by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, and Lina Lapelyte, and of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition. 
At the Serpentine, Pietroiusti founded the long-term project  General Ecology, which she currently directs and curates. General Ecology presents live events, radio programmes, and publications, and organises ongoing research projects. Pietroiusti is also a co-curator ofBack to Earth, the Serpentine’s 50th anniversary programme dedicated to the environment (ongoing).
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