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Ecological Aesthetics

artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

Ecological Aesthetics

artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics

With this poetic and scholarly collection of stories about art, artists, and their materials, Nathaniel Stern argues that ecology, aesthetics, and ethics are inherently entwined, and together act as the cornerstone for all contemporary arts practices. An ecological approach, says Stern, takes account of agents, processes, thoughts, and relations. Humans, matter, concepts, things, not-yet-things, politics, economics, and industry are all actively shaped in, and as, their interrelation. And aesthetics are a style of, and orientation toward, thought—and thus action. Including dozens of color images, this book narrativizes artists and artworks—ranging from print to installation, bio art to community activism—contextualizing and amplifying our experiences and practices of complex systems and forces, our experiences and practices of thought. Stern, an artist himself, writes with an eco-aesthetic that continually unfurls artful tactics that can also be used in everyday existence.

232 pages | 6 x 9

Art: Art Criticism


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • About This Book: arguing, thinking, and telling stories • Meet Market: #class, #rank, and art world ecologies • Organic Intelligence: walking, living, and attuning systems • Creative Juices: animal instinct, playful improvisation, and battling blood • Free, Open, and Wild: art and technology for social change • Other-frames: media, mediating, and immediate ecologies • Activist Ecologies: singular pluralities, in letters and light • Sighing Waves: love, rides, and climate • Concerned: thinking trees and Goods for Me • Grow: plastic, mood-based, and communal ecologies • Beyond This Book: now it’s our turn • Notes • Works Cited • Index • About the Author

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