What if the Apocalypse Already Happened?
Day by day, we are bombarded by images about devastating hurricanes, ravaging wildfires and recording heat-waves all over the world including the very North of Europe; we are witnessing the rise of galloping authoritarian and right wing regimes from United States to Turkey, the shift to the Right in most European countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Hungary); refugees drowning in the Mediterranean Sea and massive discplacements; new walls and new borders, detention camps for children. And there is, once again, the realistic possibility of a nuclear war, or if we don’t destroy ourselves by pushing the “wrong” or “right” button, the disastrous effects of climate change today might sound as a footnote to a much bigger disaster coming already tomorrow. However, what if, as paradoxically as it might sound, the Apocalypse has already happened? What if every day is for someone, somewhere, if not already in Tromso today, the end of the world? And what if this idea actually allows us to survive the Apocalypse that may have already happened? Starting from a deconstruction of the current apocalyptic narrative, the lecture will offer a philosophical rollercoaster ride through our possible futures.
Srećko Horvat, philosopher from Croatia, originally born in Yugoslavia in 1983, without stable address or affiliation, the German newspaper Der Freitag has named him as “one of the most exciting voices of his generation”. He published more than ten books translated into more than fifteen languages. His most recent books include Poetry From the Future (Penguin, forthcoming in 2019), Subversion! (Zero Books, 2017), The Radicality of Love (Polity Press, 2015), Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia (with Igor Štiks, Verso, 2015), What Does Europe Want? (with Slavoj Žižek, Columbia University Press, 2014). His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, El Pais, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Spiegel and The New York Times. In 2015, Horvat, together with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, launched the Pan-European political movement called Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25).
WHAT IF THE APOCALYPSE ALREADY HAPPENED? is presented in collaboration with TodaysArt in The Hague as part of We Are Europe.
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Grønnegata 94, Tromsø