Kunsthall Trondheim
Past event

Kulturnatt 2019: Pablo DeSoto – Resist as Forest

Foto: Daniel Lopez / @okaphotographer

“Resist as Forest:
Cartography, Tech, and the Arts for New Forms of Planetary Caring”
Talk by Pablo DeSoto
Free admission

Introduction by Hanna Musiol (NTNU ARTEC, ISL/HF) & Julia Leyda (IKM/HF, NTNU Env Hum)


“To be able to resist we must become forest – and resist as forest. Like a forest that knows that it carries the ruins, that carries with it both what is and what is no longer. It seems to me that it is this political-affective feeling that we need to shape to make sense of our action.”
– Eliane Brum, Rainforest Journalism Fund meeting, Manaus, Brazil (12/7/2019).

With the Amazon converted into the central battlefield of the planetary struggles, what institutional and affective communities could constitute as forms of opposition to the new extractive regimes? How to readapt the politics of friendship in the face of the violence of these regimes? How can the Norwegian support for the Amazon Fund be reframed as a response to Jair Bolsonaro? How can the same European countries further decolonize their politics? Pablo DeSoto will talk about how art, radical cartographies, and technology can become fundamental tools in the making of new alliances for the planet.

About Pablo DeSoto, PhD: DeSoto is 2019 NTNU ARTEC Artist in Residence and a Visiting Professor at Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil. He is an award-winning experimental architect, multidisciplinary artist, radical cartographer, scholar and an educator with an iconoclastic experience across geographical and disciplinary borders.

The talk is organized in collaboration with NTNU ARTEC and Pia Arke’s retrospective exhibition Wonderland at Kunsthall Trondheim.