[csaa-forum] Transformations issue 30 released

Warwick Mules w.mules at bigpond.com
Thu Nov 9 16:15:05 ACST 2017

Transformations announces the release of Issue 30

Concepts for Action in the Environmental Arts


This issue of Transformations aims to establish a toolkit of conceptual
resources that can provoke, incite and inform new practices and
interventions in the environmental arts.

We define the environmental arts broadly for this purpose, with a particular
emphasis on modes of thinking, feeling, sensing, designing, making,
performing and composing that are attuned to environmental change and are
inherently collective in nature.

In this respect, artists have often been years and even decades ahead of
others in responding to the conceptual and practical challenges of
environmental change. Since the 1960s, artists such as Robert Smithson,
James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Helen and Newton Harrison, Joseph Beuys and
Suzanne Lacy have enacted visionary environmental practices, while also
conceptualising these practices within the broader fields of social theory
and philosophy.

Such critical reconceptualisations of the field are urgently called for in
response to mounting evidence that we have entered the Anthropocene epoch, a
time typified by climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity,
ecological instability, resource depletion, ubiquitous digitisation and
rapid advances in biotechnology and computer science. In revealing the
profound entanglement of human culture and natural phenomena in the
contemporary world, the advent of the Anthropocene has had a destabilising
effect on dualistic philosophies and binary logics that have upheld rigid
barriers between the human and the nonhuman, the organic and the inorganic,
the natural and the artificial, the social and the material. New concepts
are called for that can mobilise creative thinking and action outside of
such anthropocentric and humanistic frameworks, and mobilise new practices
that are both attuned and responsive to the rapidly changing environmental
conditions of everyday life.

Editors: Grayson Cooke, Warwick Mules, Erika Kerruish and David Rousell


Maria Michails
Tactical Interventions: Environmental Sensing and Socially-Engaged Arts

Grayson Cooke
The Vicissitudes of the Image: Materiality and the Environment in the Old
Growth Project 

Jessica Mulvogue
Catastrophe Aesthetics: the moving image and the mattering of the world

Josh Wodak
Environmental Art as Remedial Action: From Meditating on to Mediating in
Earth¹s Energy Imbalance

Benjamin Abraham and Darshana Jayemanne
Where are all the climate change games? Locating digital games¹ response to
climate change 

Warwick Mules
Annihilating Critique: Walter Benjamin¹s World Politics as the Just-Sharing
of Nature 

Bogna Konior
Generic humanity: interspecies technologies, climate change & non-standard

John Ryan
Poetry as Plant Script: Interspecies Dialogue and Poetic Collaboration in
the Northern Tablelands Region of New South Wales

Moya Costello
On Writing [expressing a relation to] Dried Plant Specimens

Rob Garbutt and Shauna McIntyre
The provocation of Gaïa: Learning to pay attention in Rotary Park

Kaya Barry
Measuring movements in the field: Practices of surveying community walking
areas in Finland and Australia

Emily Crawford
Plant/Human Borderland Jamming

Dr. Warwick Mules
General Editor  Transformations    http://www.transformationsjournal.org/

Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Southern Cross University

mobile: +61 412 292 541

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