Dirty Pictures

Dirty Pictures_Dark Ecology

Essay in  Living Earth Field Notes from the Dark Ecology Project 2014-2016.
Eds. Belina, Mirna and Arie Altena. Amsterdam: Sonic Acts, 2016.

In her essay ‘Dirty Pictures’ the artist and researcher Susan Schuppli turns our attention to the fundamental visual dynamics of material transformations caused by the Anthropocene. She argues that it is possible to claim that global warming is producing a new optical regime. The ‘dirty pictures’ she is interested in are immense: for instance, she considers polluted environments as vast photosensitive arrays that register and record the changes caused by modern industrialisation.