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The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change

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February 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
496 Pages 23 Color & 84 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

International in scope, this volume brings together 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, their ethics and values, matter with regard to a world increasingly shaped by climate breakdown?

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.

This book will be of special interest to scholars and practitioners of contemporary art and visual culture, environmental studies, cultural geography, and political ecology.

Table of Contents


T. J. Demos, Emily Eliza Scott, and Subhankar Banerjee, eds.

Part 1: Extractivism

1. Extracting the Cost: Re-membering the Discarded in African Landscapes

Lesley Green, Anthropology, and Virginia MacKenny, Art, U Cape Town/South Africa

2.  In the frontiers of Amazonia: a brief political archaeology of global climate emergency

Paulo Tavares, Research Architect, Independent/Brazil

3. From Tuíra to the Amazon fires: the Imagery and Imaginary of Extractivism in Brazil

Rodrigo Nunes, Philosopher, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Alyne Costa, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Philosophy

4. Describing the Indescribable: Art and the Climate Crisis

Lucy Lippard, Critic and Curator/USA

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, Research Architecture, London Met/UK, and Ester Cann

Part 2: Climate Violence

7. Into the Occupied Forest

Macarena Gomez-Barris, Cultural Studies, Pratt/USA

8. The coming war and the impossible art. Zapatista creativity in a context of environmental destruction and internal warfare

Research Group in Art and Culture (GIAP)

9. View from the Terracene

Sara Mameni, California Institute of the Arts

10. Waste You Can’t Deny: A Slow Trans-aesthetic in The Blue Barrel Grove (2014-)

Sintia Issa, UC Santa Cruz

11. The perpetual present, past, and future: Slow violence and Chinese frameworks of in/visibility and time in Zhao Liang’s Behemoth

Connie Zheng (UC Berkeley / artist)

12. Remembering the Land: Art, Direct Action, and the Denial of Extractive Realities on Bougainville

Amber Hickey, Visual Culture, UCSC/US

13. Multispecies Cinema in Wretched Waters: The Slow Violence of the Rio Doce Disaster

Isabelle Carbonel

Part 3: Sensing Climates

14. Staying with the Troubling: Staying with the Impasse

Sarah Kanouse, Interdisciplinary Arts, Northeastern University/USA

15. A Conversation of Three Ecosexuals

Bo Zheng, Artist, City University of Hong Kong/China, with Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle

16. Climate Justice, Satire and Hothouse Earth

Julie Sze, American Studies, UC Davis/USA: role of humor in climate communication (US)

17. Indigenous Media: Dialogic Resistance to Climate Disruption

Salma Monani, Renata Burchfield, Danika Medak-Saltzman and William Lempert

18. Traumatic Landscapes, Transformed Selves: Intersectional Approaches to the Psychological Violence of the Climate Crisis in the Arctic through Film

Lisa Bloom, Gender and Women’s Study, UC Berkeley/USA

19. The Breathing Land: On Questions of Climate Change and Settler Colonialism

Heather Davis, Culture and Media, New School for Social Research/USA

Part 4: In/Visibilities

20. Sensing Particulate Matter and Practicing Environmental Justice

Jennifer Gabrys, New Media, Goldsmiths/UK

21. Visualizing Atmospheric Politics

Amy Balkin, Fine Arts & Community Arts, California College of the Arts/USA

22. Atmospheres and the Anthropogenic Image Bind

Caroline Jones, History, Theory and Criticism, MIT/USA

23. Ways of Saying: Rhetorical Strategies of Environmental Imaging

Suzanne Boettger, Art History, Bergen Community College/USA

24. Sublime Aesthetics in the Era of Climate Crisis? A Critique

Birgit Schneider, Media Ecology, Potsdam U/Germany

25. Inside Out: Creative Response Beyond Periphery and Peril

Julie Decker

26. Capturing Nature – Eco-Justice in African Art

Nomusa Makhubu, Nigeria

Part 5: Multispecies Justice

27. Doing Difference Differently As Wetlands Disappear (A California Story)

Elaine Gan, Anthropocene Studies, Aarhus U/Denmark

28. With Applied Creativity, We Can Heal’: Permaculture and Indigenous Futurism at Santa Clara Pueblo

Rose B. Simpson in Conversation with Jessica Horton, Art History, U of Delaware/US

29. Decolonizing the Seed Commons: Biocapitalism, Agroecology, and Visual Culture

Ashley Dawson, Cultural Studies, CUNY Graduate Center/USA

30. The Politics and Ecology of Invasive Species: A Changing Climate for Pioneering Plants

Maya and Reuben Fowkes, Art History, Independent/EU

31. Multispecies Futures through Art

Ron Broglio, Multispecies Studies and Post-humanism

32. Activist Abstraction: Anita Krajnc, Save Movement Photography, and the Climate of Industrial Meat

Alan C. Braddock

33. Alien Waters

Ravi Agarwal, Artist, New Delhi/India

34. Everything is Alive: Jason deCaires Taylor’s Vicissitudes

Inez Blanca van der Scheer, Cultural Studies, U of Amsterdam/EU

Part 6: Ruptures / Insurgencies / Worldings

35. The work of the life in the age of Extinction: Notes towards an art of aliveness

John Jordan, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, France/EU

36. The political ecology and visual culture of the Pacific Climate Warriors

Carol Farbotko, Cultural Geography, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial ResearchmOrganisation/Australia, and Taukiei Kitara

37. From Institutional to Interstitial Critique: The resistant force that is liberating the neoliberal museum from below

Emma Mahony, National College of Art and Design / Ireland

38. Beneath the Museum, the Spectre

Not An Alternative (Steve Lyons, Beka Economopoulos, Jason Jones) Artists/USA

39. Our House Is on Fire: Children, Youth, and the Visual Politics of Climate Change

Finis Dunaway, History, Trent U/Canada

40. From The Red Nation to The Red Deal

Melanie Yazzie and Nick Estes, University of New Mexico/Red Nation/USA

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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 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.