Məˈtänəmē Coləctive

Veronica Lavia & Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo 

 The discourse surrounding climate change (global warming) is often
obscured, blackened by spectacular silences. The very election of the
President Elect of the United States of America was itself a distraction; a
violent disruption that erased, metonymically replaced, the tides of
history. After the realityTV finally of the presidential election, the
Marrakech Climate Change Conference has been systematically removed from
the vault of popular memory. The "act" of denying climate change is
synonymous with the act of forgetting, purposefully voiding, a rapidly
warming globe.

 II Degrees is an exploration of the phrase "We and Nature," and the dangerous voids present in our conception of our natural environment. The video is comprised of a series of performance pieces, in which two figures struggle amidst a barren seascape. The two dark specters are deformed, broken. The sound of waves, at times drowned out by wind battered
microphone, engulfs their movement. The pain, interwoven in the performers
exploration of space, is akin to the trauma currently devastating the
overlooked planes of the human and natural worlds. The black, reminiscent
of crawling globs of black gold, ensnares the blind creatures/performers.
They struggle inside their own structures, haunting the space behind lies
and academic discourse. They are the phantoms of our twisted perception of
security and out romantic misconceptions of natural spaces.

 The performances are set on Plum Island, Massachusetts. This thin strip of
sand, is overly inhabited by bird watches and beach lovers: armies of
wealthy "white" Americans with photographic eyes. These voyeurs of
nature refuse to leave their glorified windbreaker, even though in a few
years it will probably be washed away, stolen by the rising tides of human
consumption. Much like the general population that forgets to remember how
to stop their cannibalistic rampage, the inhabitants of Plum Island prefer
to ignore the consequences of over-exploiting "paradise." The creeping
tides will crawl under the foundation of those who prefer to forget: forget
that their very lifestyle produces the dancing ghosts of destruction.

 The debates that occurred during the Marrakech conference were dogged by
their own variation of structural violence. The 2 Degree Celsius increase
in the climate temperature a above pre-industrial levels is a generic call
to action. But when boundaries are established, autocratic language
legitimized, the is necessarily living beings, nations and societies caught
outside the terminologies limitations. The parties involved in the
conference thus symbolically sacrificed entire segments of the global
population. These forgotten people won’t reach the 2 Degree finish line and
the see the world that has the privilege to survive its own attempted
suicide.