By moving beyond traditional aesthetic categories (beauty, the sublime, the religious), Eco-Aesthetics takes an inter-disciplinary approach bridging the arts, humanities and social sciences and explores what aesthetics might mean in the 21st century. It is one in a series of new, radical aesthetics promoting debate, confronting convention and formulating alternative ways of thinking about art practice. There is no doubt that the social and environmental spheres are interconnected but can art and artists really make a difference to the global environmental crisis? Can art practice meaningfully contribute to the development of sustainable lifestyles? Malcolm Miles explores the strands of eco-art, eco-aesthetics and contemporary aesthetic theories, offering timely critiques of consumerism and globalisation and, ultimately, offers a possible formulation of an engaged eco-aesthetic for the early 21st century.
Malcolm Miles is Professor of Cultural Theory in the School of Architecture, Design & Environment at the University of Plymouth, UK.
Preface Acknowledgements List of illustrations Introduction 1. Climate Change and Culture 2. Ecologies 3. Aesthetics 4. Ruins and Catastrophes 5. Regressions and Reclamations 6. Representations 7. Interruptions 8. Cultures and Climate Change Bibliography Index