'Oceans' attends to the inextricable human and nonhuman agencies that affect and are affected by the sea and its running currents within contemporary art and visual culture.

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, dividing and connecting humans, who carry saltwater in their blood, sweat, and tears. At the same time, oceans represent a powerful nonhuman force, rising, flooding, heating, and raging in unprecedented ways as the climate crisis unfolds. The sea has long enthralled artists, who have envisioned it as a sublime wilderness, a home to countless mythical creatures as well as bizarre real species, a source of life and death, a site of new beginnings and tragic endings, a force both wondrous and disastrous. From migration to the melting of the polar ice caps, the sea is omnipresent in international news and politics, leaking into popular culture in the wake of the “Blue Planet effect” and proliferating in contemporary art and visual culture.

This collection gathers together some of today's most exciting contemporary artists and writers to address the ocean not only as a theme but as a major agent of artistic and curatorial methods.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9780262545341
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Publication series

NameDocuments of Contemporary Art

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