The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth
- Type of publication
- Exhibition catalog, Anthology
- Author / Editor
- Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel (eds.)
- Publishing house, place
- MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Artists and writers portray the disorientation of a world facing climate change.
This monumental volume, drawn from a 2020 exhibition at the ZKM Center for Art and Media, portrays the disorientation of life in a world facing climate change. It traces this disorientation to the disconnection between two different definitions of the land on which modern humans live: the sovereign nation from which they derive their rights, and another one, hidden, from which they gain their wealth—the land they live on, and the land they live from. Charting the land they will inhabit, they find not a globe, not the iconic “blue marble,” but a series of critical zones—patchy, heterogenous, discontinuous.
With short texts, longer essays, and more than 500 illustrations, the contributors explore the new landscape on which it may be possible for humans to land—what it means to be “on Earth,” whether the critical zone, the Gaia, or the terrestrial. They consider geopolitical conflicts and tools redesigned for the new “geopolitics of life forms.” The “thought exhibition” described in this book opens a fictional space to explore the new climate regime; the rest of the story is unknown.
- 472 pp, ca. 500 illus., 31.5 x 25 cm, hardcover
- Organization / Institution
- ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, OHGE – Observatoire hydrogeochimique de l’environnement
Project management: Jens Lutz
Design: Donato Ricci, Tommaso Trojani
Reading Excerpt »Critical Zones«Bruno Latour und Peter Weibel (Hg.), »Critical Zones«, MIT Press, 2020