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Study on Levi Bryant’s Post-human Media Ecology and Ecological Practices of Contemporary Art

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2022, (52), pp.5-23
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : October 31, 2022
  • Accepted : November 26, 2022
  • Published : December 31, 2022

BAE Hyejeong 1

1단국대학교(천안캠퍼스)

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ABSTRACT

This study is intended to review contemporary ecological art practices through Levi Bryant’s “post-human media ecology.” Post-human media ecology can be considered 1) an objection to anthropocentrism, 2) an ontological approach to technology, and 3) a redefinition of ecology based on machine-oriented ontology. In particular, machine-oriented ontology spreads beyond the modern dichotomous thinking that has objectified the nonhuman, and examines alien phenomenology as a methodology to expand our understanding of nonhumans. Furthermore, the interaction between humans and nonhumans and its effects are examined centering on the concept of affect, which is common to both types of beings and has potential to ease the process of interaction. The above theoretical considerations are applied to examining works by Neri Oxman, the process of collaborating to overcome nonhuman objectification, Sam Easterson’s video project and National Geographic’s Crittercam, and Hong Lee Hyun-Sook’s affective performances as a relationship with the nonhuman beyond the senses.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.