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Liliana Gómez (ed.), Fabienne Liptay (ed.): eco-operations

Liliana Gómez (ed.), Fabienne Liptay (ed.)


Softcover, 300 pages

Date of publication: 31.10.2024

The climate change crisis has become part of aesthetic discourse and critical research in culture and the arts. Future-oriented, ecologically conceived possibilities for action are being explored by artists, curators, and scholars alike. eco-operations addresses these emerging aesthetic ecologies and new technologies of cooperation that both challenge and shape a sustainable future, foregrounding interruptions, ruptures, disconnections, dissonances, exclusions, and allochronism. Moving beyond the concepts of “flow” and “network” as a single, coherent (ecological or technological) system, eco-operations instead emphasizes the frictions within asynchronously running systems. The infrastructures and formats of artistic production and exhibition play a central role here, as they themselves constitute ecosystems that invite and regulate processes of sharing and exchange. Artists and activists are embedded in these ecosystems, in which they simultaneously intervene when searching for alternative ways of creating collaborative practice. Bringing together scholars, artists, writers, and curators, and working across a range of disciplines, eco-operations explores this field of tension between global and local ecologies, and aims to speculate on where dissonances imply both creative potential and political challenges.


With contributions by Dalida María Benfield, Ursula Biemann, Lisa Blackmore, Mateo Chacón Pino, Lucrezia Cippitelli, T. J. Demos, Sandra Frimmel, Laura Flórez & Lorena Cely, Alexandra Gelis, Liliana Gómez, Fabienne Liptay, Uriel Orlow, Dorota Sajewska.

  • artistic practice
  • global ecology
  • ecology

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Liliana Gómez

is professor of art and society at the University of Kassel/Kunsthochschule Kassel and the documenta Institut. She directs the research project Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South. Post-Conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives. Recently she edited Performing Human Rights. Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South (Diaphanes/Think Art, Zurich, 2021) and co-edited with Lisa Blackmore Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art (Routledge, New York, 2020). She is the author of Lo urbano. Teorías culturales y políticas de la ciudad en América Latina (IILI, Pittsburgh, 2014).
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Fabienne Liptay

is a professor of film studies at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She studied film and theater studies as well as English language and literature at the University of Mainz, Germany, where she earned her doctorate in 2002. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an assistant editor on the TV program 3sat Kulturzeit. She was a lecturer in the Department of Film Studies at the University of Mainz from 2002 to 2007 and assistant professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Munich from 2007 to 2013. She is coeditor of the quarterly journal Film-Konzepte and has published extensively on the aesthetics, history, and theory of film. Her research primarily focuses on film imagery and picture theory; on audio-visual narrative; and on the interrelations between film and the other arts and media.
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