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New Book! Natura: Environmental Aesthetics After Landscape (J. Andermann, L. Blackmore, D. Carrilllo M. eds.)

I’m thrilled to share the news that our edited volume of visual and scholarly essays that resulted from the culmination of the three-year research project Modernity and the Landscape in Latin America: Politics, Aesthetics, Ecology has now come out with the Swiss-based press diaphanes, and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The book brings together a stellar group of artists and academics, who we had the pleasure to host in Zurich just over a year ago for our closing conference.

Here is the book blurb: 

Entangled with the interconnected logics of coloniality and modernity, the landscape idea has long been a vehicle for ordering human-nature relations. Yet at the same time, it has also constituted a utopian surface onto which to project a space-time ‘beyond’ modernity and capitalism. Amid the advancing techno-capitalization of the living and its spatial supports in transgenic seed monopolies, fracking and deep sea drilling, biopiracy, geo-engineering, aesthetic-activist practices have offered particular kinds of insight into the epistemological, representational, and juridical framings of the natural environment. This book asks in what ways have recent bio and eco-artistic turns moved on from the subject/object ontologies of the landscape-form? Moving from botanical explorations of early modernity, through the legacies of mid-twentieth century landscape design, up to artistic experimental recodings of New World nature in the 1960s and 1970s and to present struggles for environmental rights and against the precarization of the living, the critical essays and visual contributions included in Natura attempt to push thinking past fixed landscape forms through interdisciplinary encounters that encompass analyses of architectural sites and artworks; ecocritical perspectives on literary texts; experimental place-making practices; and the creation of material and visual ecologies that recognise the agency of non-human worlds.

The volume features contributions from: Jens Andermann, Maria Theresa Alves, Genaro Amaro Altamirano, Lisa Blackmore, Ursula Biemann, Dayron Carrillo Morell, Jill Casid, Emanuele Coccia, Javier Correa and Victoria Jolly, Álvaro Fernández Bravo, Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira, Oliver Lubrich, and Nuno Ramos. Several of the chapters are available open access from the diaphanes website.  


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