Natura: Environmental Aesthetics After Landscape

Jens Anderman, Lisa Blackmore, Dayron Carrillo Morell (Eds.)

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  • diaphanes
  • 2018
  • ISBN 9783035800531
  • 296 Seiten
  • Broschur
  • 23 × 14.3 × 3 cm

For poets, artists, philosophers, and even environmental activists and historians, the landscape has long constituted a surface onto which to project visions of utopia beyond modernity and capitalism. Yet amid fracking, deep sea drilling, biopiracy, and all the other environmental ravages of late capitalism, we are brought to re-examine the terms of landscape formations. In what ways might artistic, scholarly, and scientific work on nature push our thinking past seeing the world as something we act on, and instead give agency to the landscape itself?

Natura takes up this challenge, exploring how recent activist practices and eco-artistic turns in Latin America can help us to reconfigure the categories of nature and the human. Moving from botanical explorations of early modernity, through the legacies of mid-twentieth-century landscape design, up to present struggles for the rights of nature and speculative post-human creations, the critical essays and visual contributions in this anthology use interdisciplinary encounters to reimagine the landscape and how we inhabit it.

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.

Jens Anderman is a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. He was previously Chair of Latin American Studies at the University of Zurich. He is the author of several books. His monograph Tierras en trance is forthcoming in 2017.
Lisa Blackmore is a Lecturer of Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Essex.

Dayron Carrillo Morell is a PhD candidate at Universität Zürich. After studying Art History at the University of Havana, he obtained his masters degree in Art History and Hispanic Studies at Zurich. From 2014–2017 he was a research assistant on the project Modernity and the Landscape in Latin America: Politics, Aesthetics, Ecology. His research explores the dialogic relationships between the built environment and Mexican and Cuban architectural modernism. He is a contributor to the book Beyond Tradition, Beyond Invention: Cosmic Technologies and Creativity in Contemporary Afro-Cuban Religion (2015).