Swamps and the New Imagination (Hardcover)

On the Future of Cohabitation in Art, Architecture, and Philosophy

By Nomeda Urbonas (Editor), Gediminas Urbonas (Editor), Kristupas Sabolius (Editor)

Sternberg Press, 9783956794841, 410pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

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Contributors consider the vital urgency of human cohabitation with other forms of life, beginning a dialogue with possible futures.

In a time marked by radical instability and threats of total war and environmental collapse, Swamps and the New Imagination invokes the vital urgency of human cohabitation with other forms of life. The authors intend to set up a discursive space not only questioning the distribution of territories as a means of organizing identities and realities, but also to envision the role of the immaterial in the age of nonhuman turn and interspecies dialogue. A swamp is both a place for manifold symbiotic relationships and a locus of imagination, fostering dialogue with possible futures. The contributors expand the swampy notions by researching the global and speculative art and architecture, intercalating queer theory, and filtering through the lens of posthumanist ecology, visual studies, and imagination. Their texts are informed by the histories and theories of cybernetics, sociology, and the commons.


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