Co-Existence Systems: Extractivisms, Flows, Alternatives
Conception: Tiago Patatas + Liliana Coutinho
Talk in English and Portuguese, subtitled
A podcast with two sessions where, considering the familiar and the remote, will be addressed the social and environmental implications linked to the practice of lithium mining, and where we will be invited to imagine possible alternatives to respond to the ecological problem of reducing emissions. As guests of this podcast we will have the international solidarity platform Yes to Life, No to Mining, which connects indigenous communities and organizations from places impacted by mining activities with broader networks in order to create together post-extractivist futures; the political scientist Thea Riofrancos, from Providence University, researcher in the area of resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change and social movements; architect Godofredo Pereira, responsible for the MA in Environmental Architecture, RCA (UK), who has worked extensively on the territorial and political conflicts around the extraction of underground resources, and is currently researching the Lithium Triangle, which connects the territories of lithium extraction in Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina; the citizens movement Montalegre com Vida, active in the defense of the Montalegre territory for which lithium extraction mines are planned, among others.
Tiago Patatas is a researcher and spatial practitioner. His work investigates the spatial politics of environmental violence, everyday militarisms, and ways of sensing anew. Currently, he is a researcher at INTERPRT where he contributes to projects centered on environmental justice advocacy, and he is an invited lecturer at Lusófona University. His work was shown at the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture and at the 2021 Porto Design Biennale. Tiago holds a MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently based in Oporto, Portugal.