I found this article ‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene as a Guardian Long Read Podcast. I have included a link to the text article here: A Reckoning for our Species . However, if you are like me and enjoy being read to while doing other things I recommend listening to the podcast available here: A Reckoning for our Species Podcast.
Its an article about philosopher Timothy Morton. Although not quite an Arts Management article, there are some interesting ideas introduced about how the age of the Anthropocene is forcing a new revolution of thought, an understanding of interconnectedness, awareness and reliance on the world around us. Some of these thoughts resonate with me when thinking of creativity and relationships, organisations based around non hierarchical structures and working with creative people.
If we give up the delusion of controlling everything around us, we might refocus ourselves on the pleasure we take in other beings and life itself. Enjoyment, Morton believes, might be the thing that turns us on to a new kind of politics. “You think ecologically tuned life means being all efficient and pure,” the tweet pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline reads. “Wrong. It means you can have a disco in every room of your house.”
A letting go of the reigns and enjoying the process. Resisting the urge to tidy up our structures, for in doing so we limit its possibilities, perhaps instead we revel in the chaos and let things shape themselves.
Some other thinkers seem to believe we can tidy up the world if we just have better, more logical, more rigorous ideas. Morton says we can tidy up our ideas all we want, but the world is going to remain a fundamentally messy place that will always resist our philosophical decluttering. What we need to do instead is get comfortable with this weirdness.
Morton believes we need new ways of thinking for this new age, the age of the Anthropocene or Anthrocene as Nick Cave puts it. Ways that don’t come from a top down, humans as apex perspective, but one from a sense of our interconnected place within a much broader landscape.
Here is another link to a conversation between artist Hans Ulrich Obrist and Timothy Morton talking about interconnectedness and his philosophies.
This could be the entrance to a very large rabbit hole if you are so inclined to fall into it.