Potential Worlds

Planetary Memories & Eco-Fictions

Mankind and nature in alliance: an inspiring reader on ecology and post-humanism in art

 

Title Information

Edited by Suad Garayeva-Maleki and Heike Munder. Essays by Benjamin H. Bratton, T. J. Demos, Reza Negarestani and Jussi Parikka and texts by Milena Bürge, Anna Fech and Rabea Kaczor

1st edition

, 2020

Paperback

272 pages, 118 color illustrations

18 x 23.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-864-5

In cooperation with Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

Content

The ecological crisis the world is currently experiencing calls for an urgent rethinking of our relationship to nature, natural resources, and the entirety of life on Earth, as well as that of humans to each other. The time has come for repurposing coexistence, aided by post-human thought and technological advancement, and for realizing that humans are merely part of, rather than the center of, our world.

Potential Worlds: Planetary Memories and Eco-Fictions, published in conjunction with group shows at Zurich’s Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and Baku’s YARAT Contemporary Art Space, questions forms of knowledge developed in the course of annexation of the environment and asks what ideas of nature might emerge from the current crisis and how we might perceive nature in the future. Thirty-six artists from around the world featured in this book examine the ecological and social consequences of the past and ongoing conquests of land for purposes of accumulating power and resources. Essays by Benjamin H. Bratton, T. J. Demos, Reza Negarestani, and Jussi Parikka shed light on multiple different perspectives, such as colonialism, post-humanism, ecology, and artistic adaption of new technologies, and investigate the potential future of mankind living in alliance with nature and the role of art in this undertaking as a technological, scientific, and social experiment. Concise texts on the work of the participating artists and an introduction by curators Suad Garayeva-Maleki and Heike Munder round out this illustrated volume.

 

Suad Garayeva-Maleki is artistic director of YARAT Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Heike Munder is director of Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich since 2001.

 

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"The artists show with bitter seriousness, but also sometimes with loosening irony, how bad our relationship to the earth has become." Gerhard Mack, art Magazin

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Korakrit Arunanondchai, With history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, 2017, Videostill, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Jimmie Durham, Alpine Substance on Wolfsburg Construction, 2007, Boulder, Volkswagen Beetle, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Mark Dion, The Library for the Birds of Zürich, 2016/20, Steel, wood, books, birds, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, photography by Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Zheng Bo, Pteridophilia 1, 2016, Videostill, Courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

Korakrit Arunanondchai, With history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, 2017, Videostill, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Jakob Kudsk Steensen, RE-ANIMATED, 2018–2019, VR Installation, VR Screenshot, Courtesy the artist

Korakrit Arunanondchai, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, 2015, Videostill, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, A State, 2019, Digital photography, Courtesy the artists, The Third Line, Dubai and In Situ Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

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