Against the “one-world” orientation of much environmental criticism, Decolonial Ecologies offers a wellspring of neobaroque aesthetics: artistic interventions that challenge the schemas of natural science mobilized by European explorers and thinkers, from Pedro de Mendoza and José Celestino Mutis to Carl Linnaeus. The cosmotechnics of contemporary Latin American artists take us into an alternative Enlightenment - the age of Humboldt 2.0. To great satisfaction, we experience the resurgence of living agents and relations as they break out of the frames, cabinets and discursive parameters formalized during the Enlightenment. As Joanna Page shows, though inhuman geographies continually threaten, it is nevertheless possible to see alternative ecologies of consciousness shine through.
Author of 'Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art' and the 'Drive to Waste and The Ethics of Earth Art'
Joanna Page is Professor of Latin American Studies and the Director of CRASSH (the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of several books on cinema, graphic fiction, literature and visual art in Argentina, Chile, and Latin America more broadly. Many of her research projects focus on the relationship between science and the arts, but her interests also include posthumanism, new materialism, decoloniality and environmental thought in Latin America. Her most recent monograph was Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art (UCL Press, 2021). Other books published in the past few years include Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America (co-edited with María del Pilar Blanco, University Press of Florida, 2020) and Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America (co-authored with Edward King, UCL Press, 2017).