'With the dislocation of disciplinary boundaries in visual culture, art that is engaged with nature has also forged connections with a new range of scientific and philosophical ideas. Advances in technology continually modify the way we "present" ourselves. So too artistic representations of nature (human and otherwise) are being transformed. This collection provides a comprehensive overview of the profound issues at stake in contemporary art's investigations of nature.

'Artists surveyed include: Aziz & Cucher, Brandon Ballengée, Rachel Berwick, Joseph Beuys, Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, Mel Chin, Marcus Coastes, Justine Cooper, Critical Art Ensemble, Walter De Maria, Agnes Denes, Mark Dion, Hamish Fulton, Hans Haacke, Henrik Håkansson, Helen & Newton Harrison, Pierre Huyghe, Natalie Jeremijenko, Eduardo Kac, Mary Mattingly, Ana Mendieta, Robert Morris, Jane Prophet, Alexis Rockman, Bonnie Sherk, Robert Smithson, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Alan Sonfist, Stelarc, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Victoria Vesna, Zhao Renhui, and Andrew Zittel.

'Writers include: Giorgio Agamben, Michael Auping, Gaston Bachelard, Gregory Bateson, Jane Bennett, Henri Bergson, Roger Caillois, Steven Connor, Jacques Derrida, Vilém Flusser, George Gessert, Oliver Grau, Félix Guattari, Peter Halley, Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour, Jean-François Lyotard, Tom McDonough, Jacques Monod, Arne Naess, Thomas Nagel, Ingeborg Reichle, Nikolas Rose, and Vladimir Vernadsky.' (Back cover)

Nature is one of the Documents of Contemporary Art series, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art. Other sourcebooks of the same series are also available in the Archive. For more details, please go to this page.

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Introduction: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene - Jeffrey KASTNER
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Evolutionary Ideas
Cognition and Conscience
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