A lecture by architect and researcher Godofredo Enes Pereira explores the consequences of lithium extraction in the Atacama Desert in Chile. This is the first in the Lithium lecture series, discussing the role of this element in different conditions of burn-out.
Desertification, the death of microbial life and social paranoia: these are some of the many consequences of lithium extraction. Assembled as a fast-paced visual essay, Lithium Dreams moves through the collapsing ecologies of the Atacama Desert in Chile, highlighting the importance of unnatural alliances and symbioses for imagining non-extractive models of development.
The conversation will elaborate on the installation The Ends of the World by Godofredo Enes Pereira, Lithium Triangle Studio and Nicolás Jaar. This collaborative work addresses the impact of extraction on the various peoples and beings of the desert, and is part of the exhibition Lithium, currently on display at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Godofredo Enes Pereira
Complementary to Lithium, currently on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut, this discursive programme serves to recharge online visitors with a series of lectures and conversations. From mineral extraction to mental exhaustion and renewable energy landscapes, each event will expand on the role of lithium in different conditions of burn-out as addressed in the exhibition.
Bathing in Lithium: The Architecture of the Mineral Spa
The final event in the TNL! Lithium series will recharge online visitors with a lecture by architect Christie Pearson on the intricate history of European spa towns and public bathhouses, and their relations to different forms of power. Following that, set designer Katrin Bombe will give insight into the scenography of the Lithium exhibition, staged as a mineral spa.
Lithium Cosmologies and Energy Landscapes
What is the story behind the creation of a battery powered future? Through contributions by Unknown Fields (Kate Davies and Liam Young) and astronomer Francisco Förster, the third event in the TNL! Lithium series will explore the cosmological origins of lithium, and its role in the ‘green’ energy transition.
From Burn-Out to 7UP: On Lithium and Mental Health
The second event in the TNL! Lithium series will address the relationship between lithium and mental health. Contributions by the LiCo (Lithops Corporation) collective
and anthropologist Emily Martin will explore the role of lithium in our culture of productivity, and the cultural life of mania.