Elemental Lures: Nomadic Encounters in Geography, Art and the Elements
Elemental Lures will be published by Routledge in spring 2020. This volume traces a lineage of work on the elemental in geography and the geohumanities, highlighting the relationships between geographies of difference, art and the elements. I develop the notion of the elemental lure as a figuration to think and move with the aesthetic and political force of the elemental. In particular, elemental lures offer resources for ‘weathering’ our modes of perception; they guide us in methods of tracing and tracking that extend our investments in elemental worlds; and they trouble the borders between real and imagined, weather and climate, art and artifice. To ‘ground’ this argument, I narrate a series of practices of the artistic communities Museo Aero Solar and Aerocene, in which I have participated, to highlight the lures they offer for elemental and nomadic becoming. Resisting paradigms of hope and progress, these practices are (al)luring in their propositions for elemental aesthetics and politics while extending and complicating ‘human’ perspectives.