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Sensing Earth

Cultural Quests Across a Heated Globe

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  • Follows artists, analysts and activists on their cultural quests for an ecologically sustainable future
  • Introduces artistic concepts, practices, organizations and cultural communities that stand for moving away from the prevailing anthropocentric approaches
  • Argues for a new and global culture of solidarity and respect, in which the awareness of the equal part of humans and other (non-)living components in our biosphere is central

Editors: Philipp Dietachmair, Pascal Gielen, Georgia Nicolau

Contributors: Grégory Castéra, Center for Arts, Design and Social Research (Dalída Maria Benfield, Christopher Bratton, Luigi Coppola, Pelin Tan), Philipp Dietachmair, Futurefarmers, Pascal Gielen, Marina Guzzo, INLAND (Fernando García-Dory), Meander, Georgia Nicolau, Luciane Ramos Silva, Noel B. Salazar, Joy Mariama Smith, Naine Terena de Jesus, Dea Vidović, André Wilkens, Ana Žuvela

Design: Metahaven

Series: Antennae-Arts in Society Series

June 2023, Valiz in collaboration with European Cultural Foundation | pb | 290 pp. | 21 x 13,5 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-93246-24-9
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Philipp Dietachmair is Head of Programmes at European Cultural Foundation; Pascal Gielen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Antwerp (BE); Georgia Nicolau is researcher and co-founder/director of non-profit civil-society organization Instituto Procomum in Santos (BR).

- (Only in Dutch) Click here to read the review of Sensing Earth bij Merlijn Twaalfhoven in Tijdschrift Boekman (14 September 2023)

Sensing Earth states that our environmental issues are in the first place a matter of culture and aesthetics. Technology and science are not enough to solve these problems.

Our globe is facing an escalation of ecological problems, with no quick solutions in sight. We seem to be caught in a spiral of health issues, burnout, sensory overload, depression, and somatic deprivation. Artists faced with these crises are looking for ways to articulate the ongoing emergencies and explore possible ways out. However, the arts and culture are caught in a double bind. Artists and cultural initiatives need circulation to let ideas intersect and create meaningful connections. However, this globalized system also contributes to the planet’s ecological decline: by countless journeys from one biennale, international residency, touring exhibition and networking event to the next. After the Covid-19 pandemic ‘business as usual’ seems to prevail.

Sensing Earth includes essays, interviews, poetry, manifestos, choreographic prompts, speculative fiction, and case studies operating at the intersection of art and activism, culture and nature. All texts explore what sensorial foundations are necessary to address systemic failures, and what routes to take for keeping us moving on this planet, physically, emotionally and intellectually.