Uncertain futures: coral bleaching and the loss of innocence, beauty and the sublime

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2016) Uncertain futures: coral bleaching and the loss of innocence, beauty and the sublime. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 15 (1). pp. 39-49.

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The works of art in the exhibition Exodus: Coral Bleaching and Heat Stress call attention to habitat degradation due to climate change. Cyclones and bleaching events have resulted in the loss of fifty percent of the coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef over the past three decades. The capacity for art to secure belief through reflective understanding is argued in relation to the moral predicament of anthropogenic climate change. The sublime is recast in the form of the eco-sublime, allowing for new ways of feeling and imaging our place in a world where our innocence in relation to climate change has been lost.

Item ID: 40008
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: contemporary art, climate change
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Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 02:00
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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