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Art and Climate Change (World of Art)

Maja and Reuben Fowkes


A timely introduction to the fields of environmental art, art and ecology, art and climate change, art and activism, and art in the Anthropocene

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Global awareness of climate change is increasing, and the scientific evidence is incontrovertible: an environmental crisis is upon us. Art and Climate Change presents an overview of ecologically conscious contemporary art that addresses the climate emergency, as artists across the world call for an active, collective engagement with the planet, and illuminate some of the structures that threaten humanity’s survival.

Across five chapters, curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes examine artworks that respond to the Anthropocene and its detrimental impact on our world, from scenes of nature decimated by ongoing extinction events and landscapes turned to waste by extraction, to art from marginalized communities most affected by the injustice of climate change. What guides the artists gathered together here is an ardent concern for the living, breathing subject of the Earth and all fellow terrestrials caught up in this fast-moving climate drama.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 296 pp

Illustrations: 155

Publication date: 7 April 2022

ISBN: 9780500204757

Contents List

1 Many Anthropocenes
1.1 Geological Records
1.2 Scars of Extraction
1.3 Crude Oil
1.4 Synthetic Environments
1.5 Expanses of Monoculture
2 Reconfiguring the Geosphere
2.1 Soil Reserves
2.2 Riverine Ecologies
2.3 Marine Permutations
2.4 Post-Glacial Landscapes
2.5 Golden Age of the Sky
3 Floral Collectivism
3.1 Vegetal Agency
3.2 Botanical Politics
3.3 Self-Management of Plants
3.4 Plants on the Move
3.5 Arboreal Worlds
4 Animal Solidarities
4.1 Animals in the Museum
4.2 Non-Human Persons
4.3 Countering Extinction
4.4 Political Ornithology
4.5 Magnified Natures
5 Pluriversal Ecologies
5.1 Entangled Terrestrials
5.2 Reparative Histories
5.3 Green Protocols
5.4 Climates of Transformation
5.5 Eco-futurisms
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About the Author

Curators and art historians Dr. Maja Fowkes and Dr. Reuben Fowkes are co-directors of Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and co-founders of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art, a research centre in Budapest that operates at the intersection between ecological thought and contemporary art. They are co-founders of the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Central European University and have curated contemporary art and ecology programmes for the Institute of Advanced Studies research streams on Turbulence and Waste (2019–20). They are the authors of several books, including Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950, also in the World of Art series.