In this year's competition The Most Beautiful Books of Austria 2021, a total of 170 books were submitted to the expert jury for review and evaluation. We are very pleased to announce that: Ecologies and Politics of the Living has been nominated by the jury as one of the 15 most beautiful books in Austria 2021.
The catalog was published on the occasion of the AIL-Exhibition
Ecologies and Politics of the Living
by the Angewandte Innovation Lab and the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the context of the
Vienna Biennale for Change 2021.
Marie Artaker was responsible for the graphic design of the publication.
The exhibition Ecologies and Politics of the Living explores the relationship between animate and inanimate environments, against the backdrop of a politically and economically interwoven world – primarily from southern perspectives. Similar to ecological inquiries into the interrelations of all existing organisms and processes on planet earth, the artistic positions focus on the intersection of living beings, (in)organic structures and their economic, temporal and spatial conditions.
Instead of thinking about “Climate Care” in technological, design or solution-based terms, which only reproduce capitalist ideologies of progress and accumulation, the exhibition will present speculative narratives. By breaking with the logic of linear development and the dominant notion of perpetual progress, it deals with questions of coexisting beyond the anthropogenic status quo, as a response and an alternative to capitalist notions of progress as well as other exploitative and invasive practices that are inscribed in our global history of conquest.
The publication contains text contributions by the artists
Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson
Here you can download the publication.