T.J. Demos, Emily Eliza Scott and Subhankar Banerjee - The Routledge Reader to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change
International in scope, this volume (492 pages!) brings together 40 essays by leading and emerging voices working at the intersection of contemporary art, visual culture, activism, and climate change, and addresses key questions, such as: why and how do art and visual culture, and their ethics and values, matter with regard to a world increasingly shaped by climate breakdown?
The contributors are from diverse backgrounds, including the Cherokee Nation, Lebanon, and South Africa.
Foregrounding a decolonial and climate-justice-based approach, this book joins efforts within the environmental humanities in seeking to widen considerations of climate change as it intersects with social, political, and cultural realms. It simultaneously expands the nascent branches of ecocritical art history and visual culture, and builds toward the advancement of a robust and critical interdisciplinarity appropriate to the complex entanglements of climate change.
About the editors
T. J. Demos is Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History and Visual Culture, and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz.
Emily Eliza Scott is Assistant Professor of Art History and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon.
Subhankar Banerjee is Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology, and Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, University of New Mexico.
Paperback, published in 2023. 492 pages in total, 23 color and 84 black & white illustrations.
Table of Contents
Part I Extractivism
1 Extracting the Cost: Re-membering the Discarded in African Landscapes – Virginia MacKenny and Lesley Green
2 In the Frontiers of Amazonia: A Brief Political Archaeology of Global Climate Emergency – Paulo Tavares
3 From Tuíra to the Amazon Fires: The Imagery and Imaginary of Extractivism in Brazil – Rodrigo Guimarães Nunes and Alyne Costa
Describing the Indescribable: Art and the Climate Crisis – Lucy R. Lippard
5 Art of the Interregnum in Canada’s Chemical Valley – Jessica Mulvogue
6 Road to Injustice: Ecological Impunity and Resistance in West Papua – Nabil Ahmed and Esther Cann
Part II Climate Violence
7 Into the Heart of the Occupied Forest – Macarena Gómez-Barris
8 The Coming War and the Impossible Art: Zapatista Creativity in a Context of Environmental Destruction and Internal Warfare – Alessandro Zagato and Natalia Arcos
9 View from the Terracene – Sara Mameni
10 Waste You Can’t Deny: A Slow Trans-aesthetic in The Blue Barrel Grove – Sintia Issa
11 The Perpetual Present, Past, and Future: Slow Violence and Chinese Frameworks of In/Visibility and Time in Zhao Liang’s Behemoth – Connie Zheng
12 Remembering the Land: Art, Direct Action, and the Denial of Extractive Realities on Bougainville – Amber Hickey
13 Multispecies Cinema in Wretched Waters: The Slow Violence of the Rio Doce Disaster – Isabelle Carbonell
Part III Sensing Climates
14 Staying with the Troubling, Performing in the Impasse – Sarah Kanouse
15 A Conversation between Three Ecosexuals – Bo Zheng with Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle
16 Climate Justice, Satire, and Hothouse Earth – Julie Sze
17 Indigenous Media: Dialogic Resistance to Climate Disruption – Salma Monani, Renata Ryan Burchfield, Danika Medak-Saltzman, and William Lempert
18 At Memory’s Edge: Climate Trauma in the Arctic through Film – Lisa E. Bloom
19 The Breathing Land: On Questions of Climate Change and Settler Colonialism – Heather Davis
Part IV In/Visibilities
20 Sensing Particulate Matter and Practicing Environmental Justice – Jennifer Gabrys
21 Visualizing Atmospheric Politics – Amy Balkin
22 Atmospheres and the Anthropogenic Image-Bind – Caroline A. Jones
23 Ways of Saying: Rhetorical Strategies of Environmentalist Imaging – Suzaan Boettger
24 Sublime Aesthetics in the Era of Climate Crisis? A Critique – Birgit Schneider
25 Inside Out: Creative Response Beyond Periphery and Peril – Julie Decker
26 Capturing Nature: Eco-Justice in African Art – Nomusa Makhubu
Part V Multispecies Justice
27 Doing Difference Differently As Wetlands Disappear: (A California Story) – Elaine Gan
28 “With Applied Creativity, We Can Heal”: Permaculture and Indigenous Futurism at Santa Clara Pueblo – Rose B. Simpson in Conversation with Jessica L. Horton
29 Decolonizing the Seed Commons: Biocapitalism, Agroecology, and Visual Culture – Ashley Dawson
30 The Politics and Ecology of Invasive Species: A Changing Climate for Pioneering Plants – Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes
31 Multispecies Futures through Art – Ron Broglio
32 Activist Abstraction: Anita Krajnc, Save Movement Photography, and the Climate of Industrial Meat – Alan C. Braddock
33 Alien Waters – Ravi Agarwal
34 Everything is Alive: Jason deCaires Taylor’s Vicissitudes – Inez Blanca van der Scheer
Part VI Ruptures/Insurgencies/Worldings
35 The Work of Life in the Age of Extinction: Notes Towards an Art of Aliveness – John Jordan
36 The Political Ecology and Visual Culture of the Pacific Climate Warriors 399 – Carol Farbotko and Taukiei Kitara
37 From Institutional to Interstitial Critique: The Resistant Force that is Liberating the Neoliberal Museum from Below – Emma Mahony
38 Beneath the Museum, the Spectre – Steve Lyons and Jason Jones for Not An Alternative
39 Our House Is on Fire: Children, Youth, and the Visual Politics of Climate Change – Finis Dunaway
40 From The Red Nation to The Red Deal – A Conversation with Melanie K. Yazzie and Nick Estes