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Yvonne Volkart: Flowing, Flooding, Fibbing: From Fluid Subjects to Environmental Becoming
Flowing, Flooding, Fibbing: From Fluid Subjects to Environmental Becoming
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Yvonne Volkart

Flowing, Flooding, Fibbing: From Fluid Subjects to Environmental Becoming

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

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Yvonne Volkart

is head of research and lecturer in art theory and cultural media studies at the Institute Art Gender Nature, Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel. There, she directs the SNSF research project Plants_Intelligence. Learning like a Plant (2022–2025). She also holds a teaching position in the Master of Arts in Art Education, Zurich University of the Arts. She works as freelance curator and project leader for art and architecture, Amt für Hochbauten (Department for Art and Architecture), City of Zurich Public Works Office, and writes regularly for the art magazine Springerin and others. In collaboration with Sabine Himmelsbach and Karin Ohlenschläger she curated the exhibition and book project Eco-Visionaries. Art, Architecture and New Media After the Anthropocene (Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2018, ed. Pedro Gadanho), and Ecomedia. Ecological Practices in Today’s Art (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2007).
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.

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