Matthew Fuller, Olga Goriunova: Bleak Joys: Aesthetics of Ecology and Impossibility (2019)

21 April 2020, dusan

Bleak Joys develops an understanding of complex entities and processes—from plant roots to forests to ecological damage and its calculation—as aesthetic. It is also a book about “bad” things, such as anguish and devastation, which relate to the ecological and technical but are also constitutive of politics, the ethical, and the formation of subjects.

Avidly interdisciplinary, Bleak Joys draws on scientific work in plant sciences, computing, and cybernetics, as well as mathematics, literature, and art in ways that are not merely illustrative of but foundational to our understanding of ecological aesthetics and the condition in which the posthumanities are being forged. It places the sensory world of plants next to the generalized and nonlinear infrastructure of irresolvability—the economics of indifference up against the question of how to make a home on Planet Earth in a condition of damaged ecologies. Crosscutting chapters on devastation, anguish, irresolvability, luck, plant, and home create a vivid and multifaceted approach that is as remarkable for its humor as for its scholarly complexity.

Engaging with Deleuze, Guattari, and Bakhtin, among others, Bleak Joys captures the modes of crises that constitute our present ecological and political condition, and reckons with the means by which they are not simply aesthetically known but aesthetically manifest.”

Publisher University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2019
Posthumanities series, 53
ISBN 9781517905521, 1517905524
xxviii+192 pages

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Agropoetics Reader (2020)

11 March 2020, dusan

“The Agropoetics Reader unfolds as a collection of texts that informed, grounded, and nourished Soil Is an Inscribed Body. In this context of reflections and cogitations about the epistemic violence perpetrated by the West against other forms of knowledges, the project examines anti-colonial struggles of past and current land conflicts across the world in order to address the invasiveness of neo-agro-colonialism and its extractivist logics.”

With contributions by Bengi Akbulut, Yemisi Aribisala, Marwa Arsanios, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Filipa César, Marisol de la Cadena, Ayesha Hameed, INLAND, Mijo Miquel, Asuncíon Molinos Gordo, Huying Ng, Maria Ptqk, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Bouba Touré, Mirellle and Jennifer in conversation with Alex Ungprateeb Flynn, Hervé Yamguen, and the editors.

Edited by Elena Agudio, Marleen Boschen, and Lorenzo Sandoval, with Onur Çimen and Cleo Wächter
Publisher Institute for Endotic Research Press, Berlin, with Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, 2020
Open access
ISBN 9783981951264
235 pages

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Christoph Brunner, Raimund Minichbauer, Kelly Mulvaney, Gerald Raunig (eds.): Technökologien (2018) [German]

25 September 2019, dusan

“Im dividuell-maschinischen Kapitalismus geht Technologie weit über die dichotomen Figuren von Techno-Euphorie (maschinischer Fortschritt in der Hand von Menschen) und Techno-Phobie (Menschen als Instrumente der Maschinen) hinaus. In so unterschiedlichen Feldern wie finanziellen Derivaten und Kryptowährungen, digitalen Schnitten und Data Doubles, biometrischen Filmbildern und sozialen Medien werden Technologien zu Umwelt, Umhüllung, Umgebung.

Mit dem Begriffsvorschlag Technökologien und Beispielen aus der Medienarchäologie der 1990er und 2000er Jahre, vor allem aber anhand der Untersuchung konkreter aktueller Praxen versucht das vorliegende Buch, diesen Verschiebungen gerecht zu werden: In der Mitte der technökologischen Subjektivierung, die nicht selten die Form von Wut, Angst, Hass und Häme annimmt, ergeben sich auch neue Weisen der Affizierung, neue Äußerungsweisen, neue Verhältnissetzungen von Technopolitik und sozialer Bewegung.

Mit Beiträgen von: Christoph Brunner, Marco Deseriis, Katrin M. Kämpf und Christina Rogers, Brigitta Kuster, Stamatia Portanova, Gerald Raunig, Álvaro Ruiz, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo.”

Publisher transversal texts, Vienna, August 2018
Copyleft
ISBN 9783903046214, 3903046213
157 pages

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