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Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics

Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten J Swenson

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ISBN 10: 0520285492 / ISBN 13: 9780520285491
Published by University of California Press, 2015
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Title: Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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From Francis Alys and Ursula Biemann to Vivan Sundaram, Allora & Calzadilla, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, some of the most compelling artists today are engaging with the politics of land use, including the growth of the global economy, climate change, sustainability, Occupy movements, and the privatization of public space. Their work pivots around a set of evolving questions: In what ways is land, formed over the course of geological time, also contemporary and formed by the conditions of the present? How might art contribute to the expansion of spatial and environmental justice? Editors Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson bring together a range of international voices and artworks to illuminate this critical mass of practices. One of the first comprehensive treatments of land use in contemporary art, Critical Landscapes skillfully surveys the stakes and concerns of recent land-based practices, outlining the art historical contexts, methodological strategies, and geopolitical phenomena., This cross-disciplinary collection is destined to be an essential reference not only within the fields of art and art history, but also across those of cultural geography, architecture and urban planning, environmental history, and landscape studies.

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"The book is a wonderful hybrid, both a collection of essays and a catalog of projects by artists engaged in contemporary land use. Unlike landscape architecture, land use--according to the book's editors--more directly engages the relationship between environmental and economic structures, not to mention demands for spatial and environmental justice."--Public Books

"... a diverse, eye-opening collection of essays and artworks.... Scott and Swenson offer a journey through the various creative ways that writers and artists are applying their crafts to challenge conventional visions of land and space."--RANAM: Recherches anglaises et nord-américaines

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