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Making the Invisible Visible: Eco-Art and Design against the Anthropocene

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Making the Invisible Visible: Eco-Art and Design against the Anthropocene

Cucuzzella, Carmela ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4677-8518 (2021) Making the Invisible Visible: Eco-Art and Design against the Anthropocene. Sustainability, 13 (7). p. 3747. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

This paper examines a series of art and design installations in the public realm that aim to raise awareness or activate change regarding pressing ecological issues. Such works tend to place environmental responsibility on the shoulders of the individual citizen, aiming to educate but also to implicate them in the age of the Anthropocene. How and what these works aim to accomplish, are key to a better understanding the means of knowledge transfer and potential agents of change in the Anthropocene. We study three cases in this paper. These are examined through: (1) their potential to raise awareness or activate behavior change; (2) how well they are capable of making the catastrophic situations, which are invisible to most people, visible; and (3) how well they enable systemic change in the catastrophic situations. In the three cases studied, we find that they are successful in helping to raise awareness and even change individual behavior, they are successful in rendering the invisible visible, but they are incapable of engendering any systemic change of the catastrophic situations depicted.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Design and Computation Arts
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Cucuzzella, Carmela
Journal or Publication:Sustainability
Date:2021
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.3390/su13073747
Keywords:anthropocene, public art, eco-art installations, eco-design, raising awareness
ID Code:988917
Deposited By: CARMELA CUCUZZELLA
Deposited On:10 Sep 2021 19:39
Last Modified:10 Sep 2021 19:39
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