Sensing Art in the Atmosphere : Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices . / Engelmann, Sasha.

Routledge, 2020. 300 p. (Atmospheres, Ambiances and Sensory Experiences of Space ).

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Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices explores the aesthetics and politics of air and atmosphere through practices and experiments of art. Drawing on collaborative research with Studio Tomás Saraceno, Berlin and members of the artistic initiatives Museo Aero Solar, Becoming Aerosolar and Aerocene, the volume develops the notion of 'elemental lures': the sensual and imaginative ‘pull’ of aerial, atmospheric and meteorological phenomena. Beyond a romantic appreciation of the sky, the potential of elemental lures is to reconcile our sensing of air with the myriad social, cultural and political forces suspended in it. The volume turns to art, and more specifically the aerosolar arts, to apprehend elemental lures and the geographies of the atmosphere. This investigation reveals that art operates transversally to accounts of atmospheric violence and injustice, proposing alternative modes of perceiving, moving and imagining (in) the air. As such, this volume demonstrates the vital role art has and will continue to play in the theorization of air and atmosphere in the social sciences. In doing so it makes a major contribution to elemental geographies, the geohumanities, and interdisciplinary scholarship on air and atmosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages300
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Publication series

NameAtmospheres, Ambiances and Sensory Experiences of Space

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