Lecture with Nicole Seymour – “Bad Environmentalism”
Activists today strive to educate the public about climate change, but sociologists have found that the more we know about alarming issues, the less likely we are to act. Meanwhile, environmentalists have acquired a reputation as gloom-and-doom killjoys. Bad Environmentalism responds to these absurdities and ironies by highlighting an alternative path utilizing camp, irreverence, perversity, and playfulness to address our very real environmental issues. From drag performance to indigenous comedy, Seymour expands our understanding of how environmental art and activism can be pleasurable, even in a time of undeniable crisis. Utilizing clips from the television show Wildboyz to the short film series Green Porno, Seymour shows that this tradition of thought is widespread—spanning animation, documentary, fiction film, performance art, poetry, prose fiction, social media and stand-up comedy since at least 1975.
Free with Museum Admission