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Bleak joys : aesthetics of ecology and impossibility

Author: Matthew Fuller, (Professor of Digital Media); Olga Goriunova
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Posthumanities, 53.
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"Bleak Joys develops an understanding of complex entities and processes—from plant roots to forests to ecological damage and its calculation—as aesthetic. It is also a book about “bad” things, such as anguish and devastation, which relate to the ecological and technical but are also constitutive of politics, the ethical, and the formation of subjects. Avidly interdisciplinary, Bleak Joys draws on scientific work in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fuller, Matthew (Professor of Digital Media), author.
Bleak joys
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2019
(DLC) 2019018045
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Fuller, (Professor of Digital Media); Olga Goriunova
ISBN: 9781517905521 1517905524 9781517905538 1517905532
OCLC Number: 1091305545
Description: xxviii, 192 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Devastation --
Anguish --
Irresolvability --
Luck --
Plant --
Home.
Series Title: Posthumanities, 53.
Responsibility: Matthew Fuller and Olga Goriunova.

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"Bleak Joys develops an understanding of complex entities and processes—from plant roots to forests to ecological damage and its calculation—as aesthetic. It is also a book about “bad” things, such as anguish and devastation, which relate to the ecological and technical but are also constitutive of politics, the ethical, and the formation of subjects. Avidly interdisciplinary, Bleak Joys draws on scientific work in plant sciences, computing, and cybernetics, as well as mathematics, literature, and art in ways that are not merely illustrative of but foundational to our understanding of ecological aesthetics and the condition in which the posthumanities are being forged. It places the sensory world of plants next to the generalized and nonlinear infrastructure of irresolvability—the economics of indifference up against the question of how to make a home on Planet Earth in a condition of damaged ecologies."--

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