Au-delà de la nature : The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories de Julian Charrière

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Vol: 16, Issue: 1

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Mavrokordopoulou, Kyveli
anthropocene; nature; geology; contemporary art; Julian Charrière; Art Practice; Contemporary Art; Esthetics; Fine Arts; History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology; Photography; Theory and Criticism
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In this short article - case study, I explore the question of how art may help us reflect on the new conception of nature that the Anthropocene confronts us with. I focus on the photographic series The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories I,II,III (2013) by Swiss artist Julian Charrière and its reassessment of an idea of nature inherited from the romantic period. I analyse the way in which these pictures reinterpret romantic landscape painting in order to suggest an equal relation of human and nature, where human and non-human entities hold equal sway. My theoretical framework is based on Timothy Morton’s criticism on the idea of nature as an anthropocentrically-scaled concept and his argument on the potential art has in imagining environmental projects for the future.