Book – The Geologic Imagination – Sonic Acts 2015

Edited by Lucas van der Velden, Mirna Belina, Arie Altena & Sonic Acts Published by Sonic Acts Press, Amsterdam Designed by Femke Herregraven Book, digital edition, English text, illustrated Sonic Acts 2015 €19.50 The Geologic Imagination is a richly illustrated and beautifully designed collection of essays, visual contributions and interviews. This publication by Sonic Acts is inspired by geosciences and zooms in on planet Earth. Fundamental to The Geologic Imagination is the idea that we live in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Human activity has irreversibly changed the composition of the atmosphere, the oceans, and even the Earth’s crust. Humanity has become a geological force. Consequently, the perspective has shifted from humans at the centre of the world to the forces that act on timescales beyond the conceivable. These ideas challenge us to rethink our attachments to the world, and our concepts of nature, culture and ecology. With this book, Sonic Acts examines how art and science map and document new insights, and how the changes and transformations that occur on a geological scale can become something humans can feel, touch, and experience. The Geologic Imagination features new essays by Timothy Morton, Douglas Kahn, Paul Bogard, Michael Welland, and Raviv Ganchrow; there are interviews with Dipesh Chakrabarty, Matthew Coolidge, Liam Young, Noortje Marres, Kodwo Eshun, Kurt Hentschläger, and Mario de Vega; and visual contributions by Femke Herregraven, Mirna Belina, Ellsworth & Kruse, the Center of Land Use Interpretation, Marijn de Jong, and BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux. The publication accompanies Sonic Acts Festival 2015. A major part of contributions is connected to the Dark Ecology project that started in October 2014.

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