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Bibliography: Contemporary Bioart and Ecoart

This is not a prescriptive list, but please read some of the following (or other sources) before the seminar to familiarize yourselves with current directions in bioart, ecoart, and ecocriticism, and with ecological thought in Latin America. Many of the texts are available online in PDF form. There is very little published yet on the individual artists and their work, but you may find some press articles or isolated essays online.

On specific artists or projects:

  • Hauser, Jens. “Hard Scrap, Soft Politics, and Wet Machines: Toward an Unnecessary Human.” In Cultivos, edited by Gilberto Esparza, 334–45. Mexico City: CONACULTA (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), 2014. Moodle [on Esparza]
  • Mariátegui, José-Carlos. “Creando especies simbióticas: Orgánicas, tecnológicas y sociales.” In Cultivos, edited by Gilberto Esparza, 49–60. Mexico City: CONACULTA (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), 2014. Moodle [on Esparza]
  • Shen, Kuai. “0h!m1gas: A Biomimetic Stridulation Environment,” in Anna Ursyn, ed., Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts: Scientific Data through Graphics (Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2012), 59-80 [on Shen]
  • Yeregui, Mariela. “Prácticas co-creativas. Decolonizar la naturaleza.” Artelogie 11 (2017). [on Cantera]
  • Press features and interviews: Remezcla; Makery [on Interspecifics]; We Make Money Not Art [on Jurema Action Plant]

More general works on bioart and ecoart:

  • Clark, Timothy. Ecocriticism on the Edge: The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
  • Davis, Heather, and Etienne Turpin, eds. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. London: Open Humanities Press, 2015.
  • Garrard, Greg, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
  • López del Rincón, Daniel. Bioarte: Arte y vida en la era de la biotecnología. Madrid: Akal, 2015.
  • Reichle, Ingeborg. Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art, trans. Gloria Custance. Vienna: Springer, 2009.
  • Tsing, Anna, Nils Bubandt, Elaine Gan, and Heather Anne Swanson, eds. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Relevant works on ecology, multispecies encounters and environmentalism:

  • Gudynas, Eduardo. Derechos de la naturaleza: ética biocéntrica y políticas ambientales. Buenos Aires: Tinta Limón, 2015.
  • Kirksey, Eben. Emergent Ecologies. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015.
  • Leff, Enrique. Discursos sustentables. Mexico: Siglo XXI, 2008.
  • Marder, Michael. Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, María. Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
  • Van Dooren, Thom, Eben Kirksey, and Ursula Münster. “Multispecies Studies: Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness.” Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 8 (1): 1-23
  • Weber, Andreas. Enlivenment: Towards a Fundamental Shift in the Concepts of Nature, Culture and Politics. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2013.