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Planetary memories: after extinction, the imagined future

Planetary memories: after extinction, the imagined future
Planetary memories: after extinction, the imagined future
This chapter discusses imaginary futures in contemporary media culture and in contexts of the Anthropocene, or the planetary level environmental destruction that is threatening. The chapter connects discussions in cultural theory with media arts through such figures as the artist Erkki Kurenniemi and his imaginaries of the future while juxtaposing that with some more environmentally aware notions that emerge in such creative writing as Naomi Oreskes' and Erik Conway's The Collapse of Western Civilization. The chapter argues that we are facing a crucial ecological task of creating vocabularies of the future to make sense of the multiple level environmental, financial and political crises that pertain to this moment.

Note: an earlier version of the text was published in the volume Memory in Motion (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).
27-48
University of Minnesota Press
Parikka, Jussi
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Grusin, Richard
Parikka, Jussi
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Grusin, Richard

Parikka, Jussi (2018) Planetary memories: after extinction, the imagined future In, Grusin, Richard (eds.) After Extinction. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press pp. 27-48.

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This chapter discusses imaginary futures in contemporary media culture and in contexts of the Anthropocene, or the planetary level environmental destruction that is threatening. The chapter connects discussions in cultural theory with media arts through such figures as the artist Erkki Kurenniemi and his imaginaries of the future while juxtaposing that with some more environmentally aware notions that emerge in such creative writing as Naomi Oreskes' and Erik Conway's The Collapse of Western Civilization. The chapter argues that we are facing a crucial ecological task of creating vocabularies of the future to make sense of the multiple level environmental, financial and political crises that pertain to this moment.

Note: an earlier version of the text was published in the volume Memory in Motion (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).

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Author: Jussi Parikka
Editor: Richard Grusin

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