Sixth Extinction – Atlas about absent biodiversity

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1 July, 2019 - 21 September, 2019

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Sixth Extinction – Atlas about absent biodiversity

1 July, 2019 - 21 September, 2019

We are facing a mass extinction in progress, global in nature, similar in intensity to the one that exterminated dinosaurs. This time the cause is very different: our own species. It is estimated that the current extinction rate of species is 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the average in the history of the Biosphere. Many of them disappear even before being cataloged; there are, in fact, sub-fossil remains of unsuspected creatures that shared our planet with us until a few centuries ago: some left their mark on legends and folklore, others went unnoticed. By way of derisive compensation, human factory activity is replacing biological diversity with an unprecedented variety of inanimate objects that are likely to be the fossils of the future.

Without doubt, we need powerful visual accounts to raise awareness of such a devastating process. We hardly have a visual atlas of life that (we) lack, titanic ambition that can only be tackled piecemeal. SIXTH EXTINCTION is an artistic project that is precisely responsible for a double task: to counter what disappears in front of what proliferates. A global atlas has been constructed about his disappearances with dates, places, photographs of damaged parcels and a collection of drawings / collages representing the annihilated birds. In its first edition, the project focuses on the order of extinct passerines (songbirds).

SEXTA EXTINTION will be developed at the Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia in an archive-workshop format. To do this, a mixed group of people is convened, consisting of naturalists, artists, people with sensitivity to ecology, people who love the environment,… in order to expand the atlas. The artist’s project will be taken as a starting point for intense field work on locally and regionally extinct species, beginning with the order of the passerines but without necessarily stopping at it.


MAY 14th – 12pm

Presentation of the project together with José Luis Viñas. Open initial session. Planning of the workshop file, objectives and horizons proposed for the working group. After this session, the group will be formed with those interested people, upon admission request.

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