Edited by Pandora Syperek and Sarah Wade
'From ecologies of human and nonhuman abundance to environmental threats, from disruptive colonial and migratory ocean crossings to the sea's sensuous connectivity, from brittlestars to microbial and technological aquatic agents, this volume casts a wide net of artistic, literary, and multidisciplinary references introducing the oceans as a vital subject in contemporary art.'
- Stefanie Hessler, contemporary art curator, art writer and the current director of Swiss Institute in New York.
Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, dividing and connecting humans, who carry saltwater in their blood, sweat and tears. They represent a powerful nonhuman force, rising, flooding, heating and raging in unprecedented ways as the climate crisis unfolds. Artists have envisioned the sea as a sublime wilderness, home to mythical creatures and bizarre species, a site of new beginnings and tragic endings, both wonderous and disastrous.
Writers include Stacy Alaimo, Heba Y. Amin, Bergit Arends, Karen Barad, Betty Beaumont, Louis Bec, Ron Broglio, Rachel Carson, Mel Y. Chen, Tacita Dean, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, T.J. Demos, Tarralik Duffy, Ann Elias, Marion Endt-Jones, Kodwo Eshun, Marietta Franke, John K. Grande, Ayesha Hameed, Donna Haraway, Epeli Hau‘ofa, Eva Hayward, Matthew Higgs, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Celina Jeffery, Melody Jue, Barbara Kutis, Max Liboiron, Lana Lopesi, Janine Marchessault, Chus Martínez, Astrida Neimanis, Celeste Olalquiaga, Saskia Olde Wolbers//Ralph Rugoff// John Ruskin//Allan Sekula, Ahren Warner, Marina Warner, Alberta Whittle and more.
Artists surveyed include Bas Jan Ader, Eileen Agar, John Akomfrah, Guy Ben-Ner, Dorothy Cross, Manthia Diawara, Chris Dobrowolski, Barbara Hepworth, Klara Hobza, Isuma, Brian Jungen, Sonia Levy, Lani Maestro, Ana Mendieta, Kasia Molga, Shimabuku, Paul Thek and more.
Paperback, 240 pages, 210 x 145 mm
First published 2023
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