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Ecoaesthetics by Malcolm Miles

Eco-aesthetics: Art, Literature and Architecture in a Period of Climate Change (2014) – Prof Malcolm Miles,  University of Plymouth. By moving beyond traditional aesthetic categories (beauty, the sublime, the religious), Eco-Aesthetics takes an inter-disciplinary approach bridging the arts, humanities and social sciences and explores what aesthetics might mean in the 21st century.  Malcolm Miles explores the strands of eco-art, eco-aesthetics and contemporary aesthetic theories, offering timely critiques of consumerism and globalisation and, ultimately, offers a possible formulation of an engaged eco-aesthetic for the early 21st century. Featuring work by He He, Dalziel & Scullion, Hermann Prigann, Cornford and Cross, Alex Murdin, Liberate Tate, Peter Randall Page and Heather & Ivan Morrison amongst others. Part of the Ra Ra (Radical Aesthetics, Radical Art) series edited by Jane Tormley and Gillian Whitely, published by Bloomsbury which includes Practical Aesthetics: Events, Affects and Art After 9/11 (2012) – Jill Bennett and the forthcoming Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism and Autonomy (2015) – Dylan A. T. Miner

 

Collective Praxis (2013) Following on from  series of peer-to-peer workshops in Autumn /Winter 2012 as part of ongoing research into social practice, Spacex have now printed a publication to expand on this research.  The workshops opened up a space to share experience, engage in peer critique and reflect critically on where theory meets practice when artists develop collaborative or participatory projects. Each session was led by a UK based practitioner with extensive experience of working with social practice; Emma Smith, Lotte Juul Petersen, Nuno Sacramento, Sophie Hope and Emily Druiff. The publication aims to disseminate these discussions with texts by Martha Crean, Sophie Hope and Emma Smith. For further information, or if you are interested in receiving a copy please contact mail@spacex.org.uk

The impossible gaze of the ecological subject (2012) – Alex Murdin, conference paper. Most of us at some point have wanted to be in two places at the same time. How many of us though have ever wanted to not be in two places at once ? Using some ruralrecreation projects and proposals this presentation for the Home and the World conference describes an aesthetic and political response to the idea of the “impossible gaze”, wishing to be simultaneously present and absent in the environment and landscape. It discusses ethical ambivalence to environmental issues via the work of contemporary political thinkers such as Slajov Žižek, and Alain Badiou.

Art in aspic: rural artists breaking free from the mould (2009) – Alex Murdin, for www.artcornwall.org. What are the political constraints facing rurally located artists in landscapes disciplined by conservationism and still weighed down by the primacy of the Romantic gaze ?

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