Of the Anthropocene, Adele said: “It is a difficult concept because people are not used to thinking about geologic timescales. It’s an important thing to consider though, because even though people are talking about climate, the Anthropocene encompasses more than that: what we’re doing in terms of extractive industries; what we’re doing to the geology, atmosphere and oceans of the planet; our waste.
“The Anthropocene encompasses all planetary systems. If you start using the word, people will catch up – and part of what I want to do with this project is get the word out there.”
Adele added that reading about the Anthropocene – and the future of the natural environment in general – can be “quite challenging”, and that she believes “art has a real power in engaging people in a different way.”
She said: “By aestheticizing this large and difficult concept, you can connect with people on an emotional level, and there is a lot of power in that. The Anthropocene has generated a lot of academic research, but I don’t think the art world has embraced it yet. I hope this event might be a catalyst.”