1st Edition

Arts, Ecologies, Transitions Constructing a Common Vocabulary

    264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Arts, Ecologies, Transitions provides in-depth insights into how aesthetic relations and current artistic practices are fundamentally ecological and intrinsically connected to the world. As art is created in a given historic temporality, it presents specific modalities of productive and sensory relations to the world.

    With contributions from 49 researchers, this book tracks evolutions in the arts that demonstrate an awareness of the environmental, economic, social, and political crises. It proposes interdisciplinary approaches to art that clarify the multiple relationships between art and ecology through an exploration of key concepts such as collapsonauts, degrowth, place, recycling, and walking art. All the artistic fields are addressed from the visual arts, theatre, dance, music and sound art, cinema, and photography – including those that are rarely represented in research such as digital creation or graphic design – to showcase the diversity of artistic practices in transition.

    Through original research this book presents ideas in an accessible format and will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of environmental studies, ecology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, performance studies, visual arts, cinema, music, and literature studies.


    Roberto Barbanti, Isabelle Ginot, Makis Solomos and Cécile Sorin



    Roberto Barbanti, Isabelle Ginot, Makis Solomos and Cécile Sorin


    1.     Acoustic Ecology      


    Kostas Paparrigopoulos


    2.     Aesthetic Subjectivation       


    Roberto Barbanti                   


    3.     Aisthesis        


    Carmen Pardo Salgado         


    4.     Alienation      


    Eric Lecerf


    5.     Animal                       


    Baptiste Morizot


    6.     Anthropocene and Aesthetics  


    Matthieu Duperrex                


    7.     Architecture   


    Philippe Chiambaretta


    8.     Art and Milieu (Works of)     


    Yann Aucompte          


    9.     Art in Common          


    Estelle Zhong Mengual


    10.  Biodiversity: An Aesthetic Emergency         


    Joanne Clavel


    11.  Cinema          


    Damien Marguet        


    12.  Co-creation: Collective, Participatory, and Immersive Art   


    Alice Gervais-Ragu                


    13.  Collapsonauts


    Yves Citton and Jacopo Rasmi


    14.  Contemporary Dance


    Joanne Clavel


    15.  Decoloniality 


    Nathalie Coutelet


    16.  Degrowth       


    Kostas Paparrigopoulos and Makis Solomos


    17.  Digital Creation         


    Anne-Laure George-Molland and Jean-Francois Jego


    18.  Documentary Arts      


    Soko Phay      


    19.  Ecocriticism and Ecocinema 


    Cecile Sorin   


    20.  Ecofeminism 


    Frederick Duhautpas 


    21.  Ecofeminist Territories          


    Tiziana Villani


    22.  Ecosomatics   


    Marie Bardet, Joanne Clavel and Isabelle Ginot


    23.  Garden (The) 


    Gilles Clement


    24.  Geography and the Aesthetic Production of Ecological Issues   


    Joanne Clavel, Clara Breteau and Nathalie Blanc


    25.  Graphic Design          


    Yann Aucompte          


    26.  I for Iconoemic          


    Giusy Checola


    27.  Landscapes, Territory, and Urbanism


    Alberto Magnaghi      


    28.  Learning and Experience       


    Anastasya Chernigina and Antoine Freychet


    29.  Literature and the Commons 


    Remi Astruc and Thierry Tremblay


    30.  Literature(s)   


    Aline Berge


    31.  Memory and Choreographic Works  


    Isabelle Launay          


    32.  Music 


    Carmen Pardo Salgado and Makis Solomos


    33.  Musical Performance and Wet Markets        


    Pavlos Antoniadis      


    34.  Performance  


    Helene Singer


    35.  Pest Plants      


    Lorraine Verner         


    36.  Photography   


    Michel Poivert


    37.  Place  


    Augustin Berque        


    38.  Plastic Arts     


    Lorraine Verner


    39.  Recycling       


    Gala Hernandez Lopez          


    40.  Site Specificity


    Lorraine Verner


    41.  Socially Engaged Art


    Isabelle Ginot


    42.  Sound and Sound Milieus      


    Makis Solomos           


    43.  Sound Art       


    Susana Jiménez Carmona, Carmen Pardo Salgado, and Matthieu Saladin


    44.  Technology and an Economy of Means 


    Agostino Di Scipio      


    45.  Territory         


    Ludovic Duhem


    46.  Theatre


    Eliane Beaufils and Julie Sermon      


    47.  Transitory Urbanism  


    Fabrice Rochelandet 


    48.  Visual 


    Claire Fagnart           


    49.  Walking Art    


    Antoine Freychet and Anastasia Chernigina




    Roberto Barbanti is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Université Paris 8 and a member of the Arts des images et art contemporain research unit. He co-founded and co-edited the journal Sonorités (2006–2017) and is an advisory board member for the publisher Eterotopia France. His research areas cover ecosophy, sound ecology, and contemporary art. His publications include: Les limites du vivant (co-edited with Lorraine Verner, 2016), Dall’immaginario all’acustinario. Prolegomeni a un’ecosofia sonora (2020), and Les sonorités du monde. De l’écologie sonore à l’écosophie sonore (2023).

    Isabelle Ginot is Professor of Dance Studies at Université Paris 8 and co-founder of the association Association d’individus en mouvements engagés. Her two main areas of research intersect with issues of vulnerability and difference in dance. The first addresses dance performance analysis and criticism, and focuses on artists with disabilities who perform on stage. The second analyses practices, especially practices (workshops, performances, participatory art) with "non-dancers" who have disabilities, are ageing, or are affected by social discrimination and exclusion. From 2010 to 2019, she chaired the research group Soma&Po, developing research and practices on the political and social uses of somatic practices. Currently, she runs a practice-based seminar entitled "Mouvements engagés" (Engaged moves), a peer-led workshop that shares dance practices in French care institutions. Lastly, she investigates alternative formats for academic research, involving the participation of artists, activists, and non-scholar actors.

    Makis Solomos was born in Greece and lives in France. He is Professor of Musicology at Université Paris 8 and Director of the research unit MUSIDANSE. He has published many books and articles about new music. His main areas of research are the focus on sound, the notion of musical space, new musical technics and technologies, the mutations of listening, and the ecology of sound. His book From Music to Sound: The Emergence of Sound in 20th- and 21st-Century Music (Routledge, 2019) deals with an important change in today’s music. His latest book Towards an Ecology of Sound: Environmental, Mental and Social Ecologies in Music, Sound Art and Artivisms (Routledge, 2023) addresses an expanded notion of ecology, mixing environmental issues and socio-political questions. He is also one of the main Xenakis specialists, to whom he has devoted many publications. For Xenakis’s centenary (2022), he co-organized the "Xenakis22: Centenary International Symposium" and he is the editor of Révolutions Xenakis (Éditions de l’Œil – Philharmonie de Paris, 2022).

    Cécile Sorin is currently Professor in the Department of Cinema at Université Paris 8. After having published books on practices of parody and pastiche in cinema (Pratiques de la parodie et du pastiche au cinéma, 2010) and Pasolinian pastiche (Pasolini, pastiche et mélange, 2017), she is currently examining processes of subjectivation in Pasolinian cinema and contemporary French cinema. Her recent work reassesses Pasolini’s work through the prism of ecopoetics. In addition, she is co-editor of the "Esthétiques hors cadre" series from Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.