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Maryse Ouellet: A Realist Aesthetic of the Sublime: Art, Environment and The Cultural Logic of the Anthropocene
A Realist Aesthetic of the Sublime: Art, Environment and The Cultural Logic of the Anthropocene
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Maryse Ouellet

A Realist Aesthetic of the Sublime: Art, Environment and The Cultural Logic of the Anthropocene

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  • digital culture
  • ecology
  • capitalism
  • digital media
  • art
  • economics
  • cultural critic

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Maryse Ouellet

is an art historian and research associate in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Bonn. She was the organizer of the conference “The Real Within Reach: Contemporary Realisms and the Arts” (2020) and is currently working on a volume on art’s realism in collaboration with Amanda Boetzkes. Her writings on the sublime, realism, and melancholia in contemporary art have been published in Konsthistorisk tidskrift; Racar, Canadian Art Review; Etc. Montreal; and the volume The Imaginary: Word and Image/L’imaginaire: texte et image (Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2015).
Mathias Denecke (ed.), Holger Kuhn (ed.), ...: Liquidity, Flows, Circulation

It has become a truism that capital circulates, that data, populations and materials flow, that money offers liquidity. Placed at the intersection of art, media and cultural studies as well as economic theory, the volume investigates the Cultural Logic of Environmentalization. As flows, circulations and liquidity resurface in all aspects of recent culture and contemporary art, this volume investigates the hypothesis of a genuine cultural logic of environmentalization through these three concepts.
It thus brings together two areas of research which have been largely separate. On the one hand, the volume takes up discussions about ecologies with and without nature and environmentalization as a contemporary form of power and capital. On the other hand, the volume takes its cue from Fredric Jameson’s notion that each stage of capitalism is accompanied by a genuine cultural logic. The volume introduces this current of materialist thinking into the ongoing discussions of ecologies and environmentalization. By analyzing contemporary art, architecture, theater, films, and literature, the 15 contributions by scholars and artists explore different fields where liquid forms, semantics of flow, or processes of circulation emerge as a contemporary cultural logic.

 

With contributions by: Ursula Biemann, Martin Doll, Katerina Genidogan, Sebastian Kirsch, Esther Leslie, Annie McClanahan, Maryse Ouellet, Malte Fabian Rauch, Hannah Schmedes, Yannick Schütte, Christian Schwinghammer, Jacob Soule, Yvonne Volkart, Beny Wagner, Stefan Yong.

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