Lithium. States of Exhaustion.

Since its discovery, lithium was presented as a cure for the exhaustion that the capitalist economy exerts on bodies. Prescribed for treating mania and depression since 1817, lithium is today better known as a vital element for the transition to renewable energies. Yet, the increasing dependence on its extraction is resulting in the degradation and collapse of entire ecosystems. On a journey through salt flats in Bolivia, evaporation pools in Chile's Atacama Desert, and European spa resorts, Lithium. States of Exhaustion take us to the subjects and objects powered by this extraordinary element. Published by Ediciones ARQ (Chile) and Het Nieuwe Instituut, this bilingual and bipolar book brings together the arguments of architects, academics, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, philosophers, journalists, and activists on lithium extraction, pharmacology, and mental health.

16:00 – 18:30

Dutch Design Week 2021
Van Abbemuseum STUDIO

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