Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics by Emily Eliza ScottCritical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics by Emily Eliza Scott

Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics

EditorEmily Eliza Scott, Kirsten J Swenson

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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From Francis Alÿs and Ursula Biemann to Vivan Sundaram, Allora & Calzadilla, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, some of the most compelling artists today are engaging with the politics of land use, including the growth of the global economy, climate change, sustainability, Occupy movements, and the privatization of public space. Their work pivots around a set of evolving questions: In what ways is land, formed over the course of geological time, also contemporary and formed by the conditions of the present? How might art contribute to the expansion of spatial and environmental justice? Editors Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson bring together a range of international voices and artworks to illuminate this critical mass of practices. One of the first comprehensive treatments of land use in contemporary art, Critical Landscapes skillfully surveys the stakes and concerns of recent land-based practices, outlining the art historical contexts, methodological strategies, and geopolitical phenomena. This cross-disciplinary collection is destined to be an essential reference not only within the fields of art and art history, but also across those of cultural geography, architecture and urban planning, environmental history, and landscape studies.
Emily Eliza Scott is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), and founding member of the art collectives the Los Angeles Urban Rangers and World of Matter. She also served as a National Park Service ranger from 1994 to 2005. She is a con...
Title:Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:University Of California PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson, “Contemporary Art and the Politics of Land Use”

I. Against the Abstraction of Space
1.  Julian D. Myers-Szupinska, “After the Production of Space”
2.  Trevor Paglen, “Experimental Geography: from Cultural Production to the Production of Space”
3.  Sarah Kanouse, “Critical Daytrips: Tourism and Land-based Practice”

Short entries on individual artworks:
4. Ursula Biemann, Sahara Chronicle (2006-9)
5. Kirsten Swenson, on Francis Alÿs, When Faith Moves Mountains (2002)
6. Amy Balkin, An Archive of Melting and Sinking (2012-)
7. Ruth Erickson, on the Otilith Group, The Radiant (2012)
8. Edgar Arceneaux & Julian Myers-Szupinska, Mirror Travel in the Motor City (2005-)

II. Land Claims: Space and Subjectivity
9. Julia Bryan-Wilson, “Aftermath: Two Queer Artists Respond to Nuclear Spaces”
10. Jeannine Tang, “Look Again: Subjectivity, Sovereignty, and Andrea Geyer’s Spiral Lands
11. Kelly C. Baum, “Earth Keeping, Earth Shaking”

Short entries on individual artworks:
12. Nuit Banai, on Sigalit Landau, DeadSee (2005)
13. Yazan Khalil, What is a Photograph? (2013) 
14. Aaron Bobrow-Strain, on Allora & Calzadilla, Land Mark (footprints) (2001-2)
15. Shiloh Krupar, Where Eagles Dare (2013)
16. Nicholas Brown, The Vanishing Indian Repeat Photography Project (2011-)
17. Lorenzo Pezzani, on Decolonizing Architecture, Return to Jaffa (2012)
18. The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, The Border Crossed Us (2011)

III. Geographies of Global Capitalism
19. T.J. Demos, “Another World, and Another: Notes on Uneven Geographies”
20. Ashley Dawson, “Documenting Accumulation by Dispossession”

Short entries on individual artworks:
21. Dongsei Kim on Teddy Cruz, The Political Equator (2005-11)
22. Kelly C. Baum, on Santiago Sierra, Sumisión(Submission, formerly Word of Fire) (2006-7)
23. James Nisbet, on Simon Starling, One Ton II (2005)
24. Giulia Paoletti, on George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta (2003-7)
25. Ursula Biemann, Deep Weather (2013)
26. Luke Skrebowski, on Tue Greenfort, Exceeding 2 Degrees (2007)
27. Lize Mogel, Area of Detail (2010)

IV. Urbanization With No Outside
28. Janet Kraynak, “The Land and the Economics of Sustainability”
29. Ying Zhou, “Growing Ecologies of Contemporary Art: Vignettes from Shanghai”

Short entries on individual artworks:
30. Chunghoon Shin, on Flying City, All Things Park (2004)
31. David Pinder, on Nils Norman, The Contemporary Picturesque (2001)
32. Jenna Lloyd and Andrew Burridge, on Laura Kurgan, Million Dollar Blocks (2005)
33. Lize Mogel, on The Center for Urban Pedagogy, What Is Affordable Housing? (2010)
34. Robby Herbst, on Olga Koumoundouros, Notorious Possession (2012)
35. Paul Monty Paret, on eteam, International Airport Montello (2005-8)
36. Saloni Mathur, on Vivan Sundaram, Trash (2005-8)

Editorial Reviews

"The book is a wonderful hybrid, both a collection of essays and a catalog of projects by artists engaged in contemporary land use. Unlike landscape architecture, land use—according to the book’s editors—more directly engages the relationship between environmental and economic structures, not to mention demands for spatial and environmental justice."