Mat Keel: Triggering the Plantation Unconscious
Due Oct 19 2021

Upcoming CULTIVATE Investigation

Mat Keel: Triggering the Plantation Unconscious

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

7:00 PM EST Zoom

CULTIVATE is pleased to present a talk by Mat Keel who makes a mind-blowing case against Psychedelic Liberalism on October 19 at 7 PM EST. Through archival research, experimental media practices and sited interviews with foragers in urban forests along the Gulf Coast, Mat traces connections between plantation afterlives and contemporary ecological relationships. His research is grounded in contemporary theories of trauma to explore how divergent racialized ecological subjectivities are assembled through layered disruptions to nature, time and space resulting from plantation form, dispossession and historical changes to labor and landscape.

For his presentation with CULTIVATE, he links the repression of sacred, magic plants by colonialism and the subsequent co-option and lab production of psychedelia through Neo-liberal market economics. His research points to this chain of events as a performance of tolerance around cultural appropriation that appears to affirm whiteness.

About Mat Keel: Mat is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology/Geography with a secondary M.A. in Philosophy at Louisiana State University. He also makes art and recently co-founded and now runs Yes We Cannibal, a locally and globally enmeshed anti-profit collaborative meat space for new art, thought, and encounters in Baton Rouge with his partner Liz Lessner.

Lousiana State University / Yes We Cannibal

About CULTIVATE: Cultivate is an evolving collection of interdisciplinary artists, writers, and researchers driven by investigations of landscape, place, and the commons. Projects include experimental and practical art explorations that wrestle with the qualities, perceptions, and layers of experience that inform and expand notions of landscape. Ideas from a full spectrum of voices across generations are supported using sustainable tactics. From the hyper-local to the global, Cultivate reflects individual and collective curiosity, intention, imagining, and engagement with the phenomena of landscape.

Location: Shifting virtual and analog locations in watersheds around the globe with physical bases in the Washington, D. C. metro area, Montana, and Italy.

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