Els Silvrants-Barclay & Pieternel Vermoortel (Eds.)
Why, what, how and for whom should public art institutions collect today? What is the role and responsibility of the contemporary art museum? The first issue of the new publications series from Contemporary Art Heritage, Flanders, Cave 1: Territories invites historians, curators, artists and other thinkers to contribute fiction, art theory, research reports, art-historical case studies, archive documents, conversations, anecdotes, visual essays or artworks. From Jef Geys on Le Corbusier’s 1964 plan to build the Museum of Unlimited Growth in Antwerp to Clementine Deliss’s manifesto on the multidisciplinary claim to collections, 16 contributors address the role of museums and collections for identity making and territorial representation, the increasing invisibility of the collection, processes of inclusion and exclusion, and the general distrust of history in contemporary art museums. Designed like a folder, with a fold-out of museum floor plans nested inside, this publication is a hefty little package of ideas. Contributions by Beirut, Clémentine Deliss, Kersten Geers, Jef Geys, Anders Kreuger, Maarten Liefooghe, Jens Maier-Rothe, Doris Maninger, Winke Noppen, Louise Osieka, Jasper Rigole, Marije Sennema, Els Silvrants-Barclay, 3Maarten Van Den Driessche, Richard Venlet and Pieternel Vermoortel.
6 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 176 pp w/ insert
Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $25.00
CONTEMPORARY ART HERITAGE FLANDERS, BELGIUM
Against the Anthropocene
Visual Culture and Environment Today
Against the Anthropocene scrutinizes the proposal that we are in a human-driven epoch regarding climate change. In this slender but dense volume, cultural theorist T.J. Demos analyzes the biases within contemporary visual culture—popular science websites, remote sensing and SatNav imagery, eco-activist mobilizations, and experimental artistic projects—demonstrating that it does not merely describe a geologic period, but actively supports the neoliberal financialization of nature, anthropocentric political economy, and endorsement of geo-engineering as a preferred method of approaching climate change. To develop creative alternatives, Demos argues we need to carefully consider the underlying motives the Anthropocene thesis. T.J. Demos is Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at UC Santa Cruz. Past publications with Sternberg Press include Decolonizing Nature and Return To The Postcolony.
96 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $26.00