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Visualizing the Anthropocene: Affect, Activism, Apocalypse

Even though 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree that global warming is human-caused, some of the world’s leader still deny that it even exists. In a time of fact-resistance and alternative facts art has an particularly important role to play, as an arena where the problems can be addressed in innovative ways and where ethical and existential aspects of environmental and climate issues can be visualized and problematized. Activist art is a forceful but insufficiently explored tool in climate communication – and therefore this project will focus on just that. Climate art is often activist and political; it doesn’t aim at depicting the world, but at making a difference, and invoking affect and existential awareness. It is also an important form of knowledge – artistic climate activism is about making interventions and offering spaces for reflection and critical thoughts. The aim of this project is to explore activist art’s potential to create affective comprehension of environmental issues, that is, an understanding that transcends the one that charts, statistics, and facts produce. The aim is also to develop critical understanding for the role of art in the Anthropocene and explore art as a tool for climate communication and knowledge. The project revolves around the affective potential in contemporary art dealing with global warming, radioactivity and plastic waste in the oceans, that is with questions that highly concern the field for environmental humanities.

Contact person: Ann-Louise Sandahl

Page Manager: Katarina Wignell|Last update: 6/14/2017

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