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Visualizing the Anthropocene: Affect, Activism, Apocalypse

In some hundred years the human has affected Earth’s climate in ways that are fully comparable to the impact from large-scale natural forces. We have now entered the Anthropocene, ”the age of man”. To communicate the severe climate situation, information, statistics and scientific visualizations are often used tools. Unfortunately, though, the scientific approach hasn’t lead to sufficent change of behaviour.

In contemporary art climate is a current topic. Contemporary climate art is an arena for activist action but also an important form of knowledge. It is about invoking affect, enable reflection and making a difference. Art is a forceful but insufficiently explored tool in climate communication, and this project will contribute with new knowledge on the subject.

The aim is to explore art’s potential to create affective comprehension of climate issues. The aim is also to develop critical understanding of the role of art in climate work and explore art as a tool for knowledge production. Research questions are: In which ways can art contribute with new knowledge to climate research? How can art help us understand climate change? In which ways does art’s way of communicating the issues differ from natural science’s way?

In three sub-studies multimodal analyzes of art works are performed in relation to three central elements in climate art; affect, activism and apocalypse. These elements will be discussed through art dealing with plastic waste, global warming, and radioactivity.

Contact person: Ann-Louise Sandahl

Page Manager: Katarina Wignell|Last update: 1/25/2018

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