Ballestra, Maria R. and Boemio, Camilla and Parry, Fiona and Lossgott, Kai and Boeck, Angelika and Aigner, Uli and Hrebeniak, Michael and Wilkens, Lisa and Velez Vago, Marina and Greaves, Rosanna and Greaves, Tom and Davenport, Kelcy and Sabah, Nawrast and Alwahab, Abd and Stenton, Sally and Strachan, Sarah and Cagol, Stefano and Franklin, M. I. and Kuzovnikova, Luba and Castiglioni, Alessandro and Boubnova, Iara (2019) ROAR. Art dot Earth, UK. ISBN 978-0-9957196-2-0

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ROAR edited by Rosanna Greaves and Marina Velez, is a 300 page curated book-work explores how artistic and aesthetic strategies address notions of sustainability. ROAR invited a selection of artists, curators, writers and academics to respond to broad issues around sustainability, such as the Anthropocene, ecology, land and borders, human and non-human relationships, notions of work, energy and time, and the creation and distribution of knowledge. The title of the book, ROAR, refers to both a primordial expression and a voice that demands, and deserves to be heard. The title encapsulates the essential questions of the book: what happens when nature, landscape, animals and humans are deprived of their own voice? Nature and landscapes talk to us non-verbally, but only if we listen. Animals and other non-humans use language, although we often fail to hear or understand. Some humans are also disenfranchised and lack a voice. But together, their ROAR of frustration and horror is increasingly making itself heard. This is a curated artists book: a space for curation, practice, critically-engaged art commissions and scholarly essays. The striking visual design of ROAR (by Klara Foldys of Foldys Designs) actively considers the space of the page and its potential for bringing together academic writing, image and text. This is an integrated research, promoting collaboration and cross-disciplinary discussion and creative experiment. Overlapping, linked, mapped and layered images and text use the page to explorations of the complexity of sustainability: What are the indicators that point out when labour turns to exploitation? At what point does the survival of one species mean the extinction of another? How can we tell the history of those who have no voice? How can energy be used as a positive and transgressive metaphor that infiltrates and crosses borders? The conversation has only just begun, but climate change, pollution, and the increasingly strident year-zero scenarios and doomsday science underline an inescapable urgency. There is no time for rhetoric detours or for spins of the mind and procrastinations of the soul. ROAR is an urgent, raw, poetic and multi-faceted contribution to this complex and troubled conversation.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Art, Contemporary Art, Sustainability, Ecology, Nature, Landscape, Collaboration, borders, human and non-human relationships, Anthropocene
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 14:15
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:54

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