Earth Forces: Contemporary Land Arts, Technology and New Materialist Aesthetics

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Jussi Parikka


This article addresses recent art projects that are discussed under the notion of new materialist aesthetics. This term is used to elaborate connections between these projects and their methods and recent discussions of the nonhuman and posthuman philosophy.  The article also elaborates some positions in technological or 'media art' practices that work on hardware and infrastructure but also on the geophysical underpinnings of media. It expands on more geocentric perspectives in art and aesthetics through connecting a range of such projects by a contemporary artists including Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp, Ryan Jordan, Terike Haapoja, Jamie Allen and David Gauthier to the body of land art (as represented by Robert Smithson) and current new materialist discussions.

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New Materialisms: Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology (Peer Reviewed)
Author Biography

Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton

Jussi Parikka is Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He is the author of the media ecology trilogy Digital Contagions (2007), Insect Media (2010) and, most recently, A Geology of Media (2015). He has also written widely on media archaeology, including What is Media Archaeology? (2012) and Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications and Implications (2011, co-edited with Erkki Huhtamo). His collection, co-edited with Joasia Krysa, on the Finnish media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi will be published by MIT Press in 2015.