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Ecological Aesthetics
artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics
Nathaniel Stern

Publication date: July 3, 2018


Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture

Dartmouth
2018 • 232 pp. 22 illus. (21 color) 6 x 9"
Art Criticism & Theory / Aesthetics / Contemporary Art

$45.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0291-3
$95.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0290-6

$44.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0292-0

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On the changing relationship of art and society

With this poetic and scholarly collection of stories about art, artists, and their materials, Nathaniel Stern argues that ecology, aesthetics, and ethics are inherently entwined, and together act as the cornerstone for all contemporary arts practices. An ecological approach, says Stern, takes account of agents, processes, thoughts, and relations. Humans, matter, concepts, things, not-yet-things, politics, economics, and industry are all actively shaped in, and as, their interrelation. Aesthetics are a style of, and orientation toward, thought—and thus action. The book contains dozens of color images and quotations from artists. Stern, an artist himself, writes with an eco-aesthetic that continually unfurls artful tactics that can also be used in everyday existence.



NATHANIEL STERN is the author of Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance and an associate professor of art and design at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an associate researcher at the University of Johannesburg.



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