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Kulturökologie und ökologische Kulturen in der Großregion / Écologie culturelle et cultures écologiques dans la Grande Région

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Edited By Sébastian Thiltges and Christiane Solte-Gresser

Menschengemachter Klimawandel, urbane und rurale Lebenswelten, lokale und globale Umweltbewegungen: Bei all diesen Themen und Debatten geht es um die Beziehungen zwischen Natur und Kultur. Angesichts der Dominanz ökologischer Fragen in Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik stellt dieses Buch dezidiert kulturelle Umwelt-Diskurse in den Mittelpunkt: Wie lassen sich die rasanten, bislang kaum vorstellbaren ökologischen Veränderungen erfassen, erzählen und imaginieren? Am Beispiel des grenzüberschreitenden Raumes der europäischen Großregion (Lothringen, Luxemburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Wallonien) regen die Environmental Humanities mit ihrer transdisziplinären Perspektive dazu an, die vielfältigen Interaktionen zwischen Menschen und Nicht-Menschen in einem gemeinsamen ökokulturellen Raum neu zu denken.

Origine anthropique du changement climatique, clivage entre milieux urbains et ruraux, activisme environnemental local et global : tous ces enjeux et débats mettent en avant le rapport entre nature et culture. Si science, économie et politique accaparent la question, le présent volume tente d’appréhender la pluralité des discours culturels sur l’écologie : comment rendre sensibles, comment raconter et imaginer des transformations autrement incommensurables ? En concentrant le projet transdisciplinaire des humanités environnementales sur l’espace transfrontalier de la Grande Région (Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhénanie-Palatinat, Sarre, Wallonie), le présent volume invite à repenser les multiples interactions entre humains et non-humains dans un espace écoculturel partagé.

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At One Remove: Apprehension of Nature in a Mediated World: (Justine Blau)

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Justine Blau

Abstract: Artist Justine Blau discusses several of her artworks that serve as an entry point to look into the magical power of images. Bringing us to the time of the first expeditions, a landing on Mars and a visit to Darwin’s herbarium, it offers a reflection on the way mediated reproductions of nature shape our mental and social awareness of our environment. This specific way of looking has slowly created a sense of disembodiment, while the omnipresence of images has altered our engagement with the space we live in. The underlying process of mediation is often ignored, making us regularly unable to differentiate the copy from the real. The concern is that representation may outpace the living form, allowing extinction to happen without us noticing it.

Key words: nature, landscape, photography, simulacra, extinction.

Reconsidering the idea of nature and landscape, I fabricate nature in my studio and, by doing so, I challenge our 21st century Western human apprehension of nature, with its disconnection from its natural environment.

Nature can be viewed as an archetype, the origin of everything. However, the idea of nature as an unspoiled place can readily be disputed, considering the fact that even the Amazonian rainforest, long inhabited by indigenous groups, has presumably been altered by them.1 Nevertheless, within the current Western crisis of truth, in a world where the lines between reality and illusion are often blurred, our societies still would like to perceive nature as...

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