Field Remediation Library Reading Group #1

Climate Engineering: Between Science and Fiction

19.08.2018 Sunday



Chronus Art Center (BLDG. 18, NO.50 Moganshan RD., Putuo District, Shanghai)

Reading Material Cost:
15 RMB/person


Field Remediation Reading Group is a series of educational and participatory events derived from the art project Field Remediations: Carbon by the artist Karolina Sobecka, one of the participating artists of the CAC summer exhibition Machines Are Not Alone. The Reading Group will take place occasionally during the exhibition (21.07.2018 - 21.10) and discussions will develop in relation to its context. Materials related to the Reading Group will be archived and become part of the Field Remediation Library.

“The idea that humanity makes its own history and does so against the backdrop of the Earth’s slow unconscious evolution is deeply implicated in modernity. We are accustomed to thinking of humans, having emerged from the primordial darkness, as independent entities living and acting on a separate physical world, a world we plough up, mine, build on and move over but which nevertheless has an independent existence and destiny. This understanding of the autonomy of humans from nature runs deep in modern thinking; we believe we are rational creatures, arisen from nature, but independent of its great unfolding processes.”  

——  Clive Hamilton, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering


 About the Topic

Anthropogenic climate change today affects not just the atmosphere but the chemical composition of the oceans (acidification), the biosphere (species extinctions and shifting habitats), the cryosphere (melting ice masses) and the lithosphere itself. In the face of the unprecedented global crisis brought about by climate change, will mankind be able to shift our perspective and throw into question the anthropocentric worldview that has dominated western, modernist thinking: the idea that man as an autonomous subject, while being separate from nature, enjoys unlimited power to conquer, modify nature at will and eventually transcend everything in the universe? In the international community, what makes possible the co-existence of the denial of climate change and the support of climate engineering? What is climate engineering, both its overall strategies and their scientific and technological basis? Are we able to predict the consequences these methods may incur? How does carbon emission reduction as a method to mitigate global warming become trapped in the prisoner’s dilemma? We will examine these questions during our reading group’s first meeting on Sunday, August 19th. Some selected art projects created by artists in collaboration with scientists and engineers will also provide us with different and critical perspectives to look at climate issues.


How to Join 

Please reply "Booking+Name+Tel+Email" on the CAC WeChat Channel

* If you have successfully registered for the event, you will receive a list of materials, including a selection of recommended to prepare prior to the event.

* If you need to cancel your reservation, please reply on the CAC WeChat channel at least 24 hours before the event.

To download the reading group's introductory text, please click on "Read More" at the bottom of this article.


Call for Suggested Topics 

Anyone may suggest a topic for CAC's Reading Group!
Please send your proposal to with

- the email subject line: Field Remediations Reading Group Proposal

a proposal in PDF format including the Topic+Time+Abstract (around 500 words in Chinese/English), your name, occupation and contact information.

Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to the concept of “Machines Are Not Alone”. Selected topics will be scheduled for the future meetings, and the proposal's author may participate in that meeting's planning and organization.