::fibreculture:: Transformations issue 30 launched - Concepts for Action in the Environmental Arts

Grayson Cooke Grayson.Cooke at scu.edu.au
Sun Nov 12 22:13:39 CET 2017

Transformations announces the release of Issue 30:

Concepts for Action in the Environmental Arts


This issue of Transformations aims to establish a toolkit of conceptual resources that can provoke, incite and inform new practices and interventions in the environmental arts.

We define the environmental arts broadly for this purpose, with a particular emphasis on modes of thinking, feeling, sensing, designing, making, performing and composing that are attuned to environmental change and are inherently collective in nature.

In this respect, artists have often been years and even decades ahead of others in responding to the conceptual and practical challenges of environmental change. Since the 1960s, artists such as Robert Smithson, James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Helen and Newton Harrison, Joseph Beuys and Suzanne Lacy have enacted visionary environmental practices, while also conceptualising these practices within the broader fields of social theory and philosophy.

Such critical reconceptualisations of the field are urgently called for in response to mounting evidence that we have entered the Anthropocene epoch, a time typified by climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, ecological instability, resource depletion, ubiquitous digitisation and rapid advances in biotechnology and computer science. In revealing the profound entanglement of human culture and natural phenomena in the contemporary world, the advent of the Anthropocene has had a destabilising effect on dualistic philosophies and binary logics that have upheld rigid barriers between the human and the nonhuman, the organic and the inorganic, the natural and the artificial, the social and the material. New concepts are called for that can mobilise creative thinking and action outside of such anthropocentric and humanistic frameworks, and mobilise new practices that are both attuned and responsive to the rapidly changing environmental conditions of everyday life.

Editors: Grayson Cooke, Warwick Mules, Erika Kerruish and David Rousell


Maria Michails
Tactical Interventions: Environmental Sensing and Socially-Engaged Arts

Grayson Cooke
The Vicissitudes of the Image: Materiality and the Environment in the Old Growth Project

Jessica Mulvogue
Catastrophe Aesthetics: the moving image and the mattering of the world

Josh Wodak
Environmental Art as Remedial Action: From Meditating on to Mediating in Earth’s Energy Imbalance

Benjamin Abraham and Darshana Jayemanne
Where are all the climate change games? Locating digital games’ response to climate change

Warwick Mules
Annihilating Critique: Walter Benjamin’s World Politics as the Just-Sharing of Nature

Bogna Konior
Generic humanity: interspecies technologies, climate change & non-standard animism

John Ryan
Poetry as Plant Script: Interspecies Dialogue and Poetic Collaboration in the Northern Tablelands Region of New South Wales

Moya Costello
On Writing [expressing a relation to] Dried Plant Specimens

Rob Garbutt and Shauna McIntyre
The provocation of Gaïa: Learning to pay attention in Rotary Park

Kaya Barry
Measuring movements in the field: Practices of surveying community walking areas in Finland and Australia

Emily Crawford
Plant/Human Borderland Jamming

Grayson Cooke
Associate Professor of Media
Course Coordinator Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Southern Cross University
P.O. Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480
Ph: +61 2 6620 3839
CRICOS Provider: 01241G

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