Music and Performing Arts in the Anthropocene Era

Abstract : Many scholars, activists and NGOs consider that our planet has now entered into a new era where human activities have a decisive effect on the earth’s ecosystem: the anthropocene. A situation which means global warming, disappearance of plants and animal species, the melting of glaciers, rising sea levels and pollution. If "nature” is drying up and rebelling, it is as much the material basis of industrial societies that is breaking up as the cosmogony supporting this regime of knowledge and actions: modernity. In the first part of this lecture, I would like to show that one of the main registers that has accompanied and embodied the rise of modernity has been expressed in art. Focusing on music and performing arts I will firstly argue that the injunction of progress is at the core of our sensibility and most of artistical practices. Secondly, I will briefly show that, in term of ecological print, live shows and music consumption are not different from other social spheres. Thirdly, I will try to show than some elements of modernity, for instance sound reproduction, can be compatible with a socio ecological transition. To conclude, I will argue that we need new narratives for rethinking history of arts and our common future.
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François Ribac. Music and Performing Arts in the Anthropocene Era. 2017. ⟨hal-01969796⟩



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