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Situated Solar Relations: Rethinking Scale for the Renewable Energy Age – Symposium

2023-05-11 @ 09:30 - 17:00

Clusters: Speculative Life

The Solar Media Collective is organizing a symposium on the multiscalar dimensions of sustainable, just, and hopeful energy transitions. Join academics, artists, and community members for round table discussions and a workshop exploring sustainability at different scales.

Situated Solar Relations: rethinking scale for the renewable energy age will convene academics, artists, students, and community members for a day of roundtable discussions and workshops stimulating us to question and imagine what forms of social organization and tech design are possible—even ludic and enjoyable—when we abandon the fossil-fuel-powered assumption of energy abundance and work within the affordances and limits of the sun’s energy.

How can we imagine the social, technical, and political norms and protocols that are offered by solar (or alternative) energy and solar-powered media? In what ways can we stimulate diverse and democratized technical design and caring principles that are useful, rewarding, and enduring for specific groups and communities of users? What strategies of scalability (or non-scalability) could help us find pleasurable and rewarding ways to transition away from our carbon-powered lifestyles and towards more sustainable paths?

When? May 11th, 2023

Where? Concordia’s Next-Generation Cities Institute (2155 rue Guy, ER Building, Room 1431) or remote participation possible via Zoom.

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For more information on the event and to consult the day’s program, please visit the symposium page.

Local organizers include: Isabelle Boucher, Alex Custodio, Janna Frenzel, Michael Iantorno, Malte Leander, Robert Marinov, Christine White, Lee Wilkins


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Next-Generation Cities Institute
2155 rue Guy, ER Building, Room 1431