Critical Zones

Critical Zones The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth

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This monumental volume, drawn from a 2020 exhibition at the ZKM Center for Art and Media, portrays the disorientation of life in world facing climate change. It traces this disorientation to the disconnection between two different definitions of the land on which modernizing 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 pieces, 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 can opens a fictional space to explore the new climate regime; the rest of the story is unknown.Contributors includeDipesh Chakrabarty, Pierre Charbonnier, Emanuele Coccia, Vinciane Despret, Jerôme Gaillarde, Donna Haraway, Joseph Leo Koerner, Timothy Lenton, Richard Powers, Simon Schaffer, Isabelle Stengers, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Jan A. Zalasiewicz, Siegfried ZielinskiCopublished with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Book information

ISBN: 9780262044455
Publisher: ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany & The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 304.25
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 2526g
Height: 258mm
Width: 320mm
Spine width: 37mm