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Eerie Systems and Saudade for a Lost Nature

Department of Arts, Northumbria University, Newcastle NE1 8ST, UK
Arts 2019, 8(4), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8040124
Received: 10 August 2019 / Revised: 11 September 2019 / Accepted: 13 September 2019 / Published: 24 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emotions and Climate Change in Contemporary Visual Culture)
This paper considers Art’s engagement with the socio-ecological systems in operation in the world. Drawing from both environmental and art history, this paper employs the Deleuzean concept of the fold to suggest three overlapping periods of ecological-systems awareness over the past sixty years. This paper demonstrates how we have shifted our attention from a material engagement with the Earth to a primary engagement with systems which describe and simulate the Earth. This shift in attention to secondary information and an enfoldment within systems, defined as the Post-Systems Condition, manifests in the aesthetic quality of the eerie and a profound sense of saudade or longing for a lost nature. View Full-Text
Keywords: saudade; eerie; virtual; systems; fold; nature; simulation saudade; eerie; virtual; systems; fold; nature; simulation
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