On October 12, the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and the Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts are partnering to host a live-streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference in New York that brings together cultural producers–including artists, critics, writers, and curators–to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. To jump-start the conversation in advance of the event, attendees have been asked to submit a paragraph on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: Inequities, Occupations, Making, or Tactics. This posting is by Ann Schnake, artist.
Keyword: Inequities
Energy consumption has tripled in the US from 1970-2010; we  have less than 5% of the worlds population but use more than 20% of global energy resources. This unequal usage is well embedded in our glutinous consumption habits which capital markets & strives to replicate world wide. On an individual basis we might imagine we have the carbon footprint of Jesus but do we think about the wheels turning, data center energy consumption with random google searches?  The costs of production and ultimate disposal of new electronic devices such as this iphone that I am writing on now…