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Three and a Half Conversations with an Eccentric Planet

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Abstract:

This meditation around the themes of Sand, Salt, Tears and Art draws on conversations in a graveyard of aeroplanes in the Mojave Desert, on the shores of the Dead Sea, and in the Baltic Archipelago Sea. It proposes that the interesting task is now for the human species and for art to think of ways out of lamentation. It is not a matter of protecting some people and attacking others, because epidemics, drought, storms, melting ice caps, floods and nuclear meltdowns do not choose to discriminate between their victims, even if the rich and powerful of today choose to fantasize that they do. The only way out lies in the human species (as a species) imagining infinitely different possibilities of how it might produce and exchange. The moment we enter the domain of desire and the imagination, we also simultaneously find ourselves in the realm of the aesthetic. What is art if it is not a tightrope strung between what exists and what we dream about?

Keywords: Archipelago Sea; Baltic; Dead Sea; Earth; Mojave Desert; More Salt in Your Tears; Raqs Media Collective; aesthetic; capitalism; human species; oikos

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2013.752233

Publication date: 2013-01-01

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