In the name of Allah the Merciful

Accumulation: The Art, Architecture, and Media of Climate Change

Nick Axel, 1517911516, 1517911508, 978-1517911515, 9781517911515, 978-1517911508, 9781517911508, B09RMFW57P

English | 2022 | PDF | 12 MB | 273 Pages

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Examines how images of accumulation help open up the climate to political mobilization

The  current epoch is one of accumulation: not only of capital but also of  raw, often unruly material, from plastic in the ocean and carbon in the  atmosphere to people, buildings, and cities. Alongside this material  growth, image-making practices embedded within the fields of art and  architecture have proven to be fertile, mobile, and capacious. Images of  accumulation help open up the climate to cultural inquiry and political  mobilization and have formed a cultural infrastructure focused on the  relationships between humans, other species, and their environments.

The  essays in Accumulation address this cultural infrastructure and the  methodological challenges of its analysis. They offer a response to the  relative invisibility of the climate now seen as material manifestations  of social behavior. Contributors outline opportunities and ambitions of  visual scholarship as a means to encounter the challenges emergent in  the current moment: how can climate become visible, culturally and  politically? Knowledge of climatic instability can change collective  behavior and offer other trajectories, counteraccumulations that draw  the present into a different, more livable, future.