Edited By Suzanne Anker and Sabine Flach
Nature, a topic central to art history, is concurrently a dominant concept in contemporary art, art theory and its related disciplines such as cultural theory, philosophy, aesthetic theory and environmental studies. The project Naturally Hypernatural questions lines of tradition and predetermined categories that coexist with the topic of nature. Currently, nature in art surpasses the simple depiction of art as a material or object. To clarify and analyze the interrelations between nature and art is the aim of the project Naturally Hypernatural. Concepts of Nature – the first volume of this project – argues that contemporary art is predominantly concerned with concepts of nature regarding the depth of their implications in order to reveal and analyze their internal structure.
The publication Naturally Hypernatural I. Concepts of Nature is the first volume of our book series Naturally Hypernatural.
We are delighted that our project, the Naturally Hypernatural conference was realized in June 2014 at the University of Graz, Austria and at the Universalmuseum Joanneum.
An endeavor like Naturally Hypernatural I is not possible without the confidence of institutional support. Our special acknowledgements go to the Dean of Arts and Humanities, Vice-Rector for Research and Junior Researchers’ Promotion and the Office of International Relations of the University of Graz.
We are indebted to all of our colleagues in the Art History Department who generously supported the preparation and realization of the conference with enthusiasm, ardor and reliability, namely: Helene Beke, Christian Sauer, Eveline Scharf and Heike Schweiger.
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