The Midden – new book

The Midden

Hot off the press, The Midden, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo, published by Garret Publications, with essays touching on art and ecologies, energy and post fossil futures, Mary Douglas and more, by Emmi Itäranta, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni and me.

2 thoughts on “The Midden – new book

    1. Here is the book description:
      The Midden asks what postfossil art and postfossil society might look like. It includes texts by media theorist, Jussi Parikka; future fiction writer, Emmi Itäranta; philosopher, Antti Salminen; and art writers, Taru Elfving, Jenni Nurmenniemi and Tracey Warr. The book draws on the Frontiers in Retreat project in which art research was carried out over a five-year period by 25 artists at sites around Europe.

      The book explores the roles of art, fiction and philosophy in relation to the future. It discusses the methods and instruments deployed by contemporary artists to address ecologies and ecological issues, including their engagements with laboratories, museums and cartography. It examines the themes of binaries, entanglement, postsustainability, more than human collaborations and sympoiesis.

      The Frontiers in Retreat art research was facilitated by eight project partners: Centre d’Art i Natura (Spain), Cultural Front GRAD (Serbia), HIAP—Helsinki International Artist Programme (Finland), Jutempus (Lithuania), Mustarinda (Finland), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (UK) and SERDE Interdisciplinary Art Group (Latvia). The artists participating in the project were: Bartaku, Quelic Berga, Brett Bloom, Sylvia Grace Borda, Company, Gints Gabrans, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Kati Gausmann, Carl Giffney, Tue Greenfort, Terike Haapoja, Hanna Husberg, Ráðhildur Ingadóttir, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Mari Keski-Korsu, Elena Mazzi, Nabb+Teeri, Tuula Närhinen, mirko nikolić, Khaled Ramadan, Anna Rubio, Joanes Simon-Perret, Richard Skelton, Tracey Warr and Simon Yuill.

      and the table of contents:
      4 Weave
      Emmi Itäranta
      6 Midden messiness
      Jenni Nurmenniemi
      22 On the meaning of experimental art in the eye of the anergy storm
      Antti Salminen
      44 How to retreat in/to the frontiers?
      Taru Elfving
      82 Cartographies of environmental arts
      Jussi Parikka
      114 Midden lapidescence
      Tracey Warr
      154 Waters
      Emmi Itäranta
      157 Contributors
      167 Acknowledgements
      169 Index of illustrations

      The book builds on the five year Frontiers in Retreat project so looking at the archive on that website might be helpful, http://www.frontiersinretreat.org – but the book is not a catalogue of the project. It includes 56 pages of colour images.

      I haven’t seen an Advanced Info Sheet yet from Garret so I don’t know what the price or actual publication date is yet – soon though.

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