It was the Cold War, the epoch of superpowers and mutual fear of the other; it is the Hot Peace Era, of shared power distribution and common fear of what they’ ll do without the other. If they don’t collaborate they’ll end up as fried fossils spared across the planet for the future species archeologists to contemplate upon. What drove humans to prosperity, what drove them to extinction?
The historical exception of the territorially bounded state and the destructive international system of infinite expansion, unlimited growth & exhaustion of any kind of resources is now about to expire suffocating in the fumes of its own vital fuels. If our electricity powered civilization is to survive it has the urgent task to alter its vital resource, turn to zero CO2 emissions power generation, to compromise and design with the idea of limits. Switching to renewable and omnipresent sources, sun, wind and water, with totally different territorial logics than the geographically restricted and limited oil & gas will signal the beginning of a new planetary order. In the unprecedented planetary emergency the ambiguity of the old dilemma “what comes first- technological innovation or political transformations”, is solved practically and defacto by the viability and feasibility of the given answers. Trying to define the contours of this emerging planetary order it would be better rather than going through conflicting policies and laws to look at the territoriality of these new technologies-resources that being massively spread will become its material – immaterial infrastructure, its invisible operating engine.
a video essay by Giorgos Papadatos & Constantina Theodorou, CounterPublics 2021Metropolitan Museum of Art