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Beyond the World’s End

Beyond the World's End

Arts of Living at the Crossing

by T. J. Demos

Published by: Duke University Press Books

264 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 55 illustrations

  • ISBN: 9781478009573
  • Published: September 2020


In Beyond the World's End T. J. Demos explores cultural practices that provide radical propositions for living in a world beset by environmental and political crises. Rethinking relationships between aesthetics and an expanded political ecology that foregrounds just futurity, Demos examines how contemporary artists are diversely addressing urgent themes, including John Akomfrah's cinematic entanglements of racial capitalism with current environmental threats, the visual politics of climate refugees in work by Forensic Architecture and Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, and moving images of Afrofuturist climate justice in projects by Arthur Jafa and Martine Syms. Demos considers video and mixed-media art that responds to resource extraction in work by Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann as well as the multispecies ecologies of Terike Haapoja and Public Studio. Throughout, Demos contends that contemporary intersections of aesthetics and politics, as exemplified in the Standing Rock #NoDAPL campaign and the Zad's autonomous zone in France, are creating the imaginaries that will be crucial to building a socially just and flourishing future.