Aerocene Launch at the Mobile Utopia Conference, University of Lancaster, 2017; Organized by Sasha Engelmann and Bron Szerszynski with Grace Pappas and Samuel Hertz. Image by Sasha and Joaquin Ezcurra.

Aerocene Launch at the Mobile Utopia Conference, University of Lancaster, 2017; Organized by Sasha Engelmann and Bron Szerszynski with Grace Pappas and Samuel Hertz. Image by Sasha and Joaquin Ezcurra.

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.

Tomas Saraceno and Sasha Engelmann querying the ethics and politics of climate engineering at the Climate Engineering Conference (CEC14) in Berlin on August 19, 2014. Photography by CEC14.

Tomas Saraceno and Sasha Engelmann querying the ethics and politics of climate engineering at the Climate Engineering Conference (CEC14) in Berlin on August 19, 2014. Photography by CEC14.

Double Aerocene Explorer Launch in the third year undergraduate course “Atmospheres: Nature, Culture, Politics” convened by Sasha Engelmann at Royal Holloway University. With Jol Thomson and Grace Pappas.

Double Aerocene Explorer Launch in the third year undergraduate course “Atmospheres: Nature, Culture, Politics” convened by Sasha Engelmann at Royal Holloway University. With Jol Thomson and Grace Pappas.

Aerocene Symposium, Palais de Tokyo Museum, Paris; the symposium formed part of the public programme for Tomás Saraceno’s exhibition ON AIR, September - January 2018-2019.

Aerocene Symposium, Palais de Tokyo Museum, Paris; the symposium formed part of the public programme for Tomás Saraceno’s exhibition ON AIR, September - January 2018-2019.