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Contemporary Art and Environmental Aesthetics

Samantha Clark

Environmental Values 19 (2010): 351-371. doi: 10.3197/096327110X519871

ABSTRACT

Aesthetic debates within contemporary art have been tangential to the debates in environmental aesthetics since the 1960s. I argue that these disciplines, having evolved separately in response to the limitations of traditional aesthetics, may now usefully inform each other. Firstly, the dematerialisation of art as the focus of aesthetic experience may have environmentally useful consequences. Secondly, Gablik's 'connective aesthetics', like Berleant's 'aesthetics of engagement', folds aesthetic experience into the social as a kind of environmental aesthetics. Thirdly, contemporary art's flexible readings of 'framing' can respond to 'frameless' natural environments, and finally, Kester's 'dialogical aesthetics' may be enriched by Berleant's systematic account of 'contextual aesthetics'.


KEYWORDS

Dialogical aesthetics, connective aesthetics, participatory, environmental art

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Requirements of Environmentalism. Allen Carlson

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Ronald Hepburn and the humanising of Environmental Aesthetics. Isis Brook


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