Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Left to be Desired

Left to be Desired is a podcast by Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts (SAVA).

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3 July 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new podcast ‘Left to be Desired’. This podcast explores the distinctiveness of the socialist path through the Anthropocene by bringing together artistic and scholarly insights into the ecologies of global Socialism. Maja & Reuben Fowkes will invite artists and researchers to talk about their practice and exchange ideas at the intersection of ecology, climate change, art and the Socialist Anthropocene.

Listen now

Left to be Desired is available to listen to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music/Audible and Audacy.

You can also access it via the podcast website: https://lefttobedesired.libsyn.com/site

In episode 1, Maja and Reuben Fowkes talk to Austrian artist Oliver Ressler about his recent work around extractivism and explore connections with socialist geographies. In episode 2, Maja and Reuben Fowkes converse with Uzbek artist Saodat Ismailova about the turbulent legacies of the Soviet transformation of Central Asia.

Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts (SAVA) is the first large-scale interdisciplinary research project that institutes the Socialist Anthropocene as a new field of study within the critical corpus concerned with challenging and decentring the West-centric discourses of the Anthropocene, asserting the constitutive role of the twentieth century environmental histories of Socialism in the formation of the new geological age. It is led by Maja and Reuben Fowkes, who are art historians, curators and co-directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London.

Look out for more episode announcements, news and events on our social media channels: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.

We hope you find this podcast informative and enjoyable!

This podcast is edited by Sammara Abbasi.