Techno-Ecologies book is out!

Posted on | October 29, 2012

The 11th issue of “Acoustic Space” publication series with the title “Techno-Ecologies” has just come out!

TECHNO-ECOLOGIES
Acoustic Space #11
Edited by Rasa Smite, Eric Kluitenberg and Raitis Smits


Front cover, design: Martins Ratniks.

Everyday life is intimately interwoven with complex technological ecologies. We can no longer consider technology as the alienating “other”. The idea is that we “inhabit” technological ecologies emphasises our connectedness to our environment (material, natural, technological) and our dependence on available resources (material, energetic, biological, cultural). Mastering these conditions is vital to our survival on this planet. Techno-Ecologies builds upon the urgent call by philosopher Felix Guattari for an integrated perspective on the dramatic techno-scientific transformations the Earth is undergoing. Three crucially important “ecological registers” need to be taken into account: the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity. This techno-ecological perspective was the topic of the “TECHNO-ECOLOGIES” conference in Riga, November 4-5, 2011.

This publication is structured around three thematic sections related to Guattari’s ecological registers, and a fourth that introduces emerging techno-ecological art practices. It brings together contributions by conference participants as well as other authors, engaging issues of social and ecological sustainability and a deeper understanding of technology as an extension of our techno-phantasmatic desires. Techno-Ecologies thus offers a perspective that can help us chart less hazardous routes into the future than the ones travelled currently.

Sections: I environmental ecology, II social ecology, III mental ecology, IV techno-ecological art practices.

Contributors: Eric Kluitenberg, David Rothenberg, Ojars Balcers, Ronald van Tienhoven, Koert van Mensvoort, Martin Howse, Karen Lancel, Hermen Maat, Tatiana Goryucheva, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Normunds Kozlovs, Siegfried Zielinski, Daniel Irrgang, Arne Hendriks, Gisele Trudel, Annie Goh, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Ingo Gunther, Julian Oliver, Gordan Savicic, Danja Vasiliev, Bart Vandeput and others.

For the first time Acoustic Space has been published in English only. Latvian edition will come out as a separate book.
Price: 12,90 EUR + shipping 6 EUR (within EU).
ISSN 1407-2858, 165 p., ill., 2012, Riga, Latvia.

The volume can be ordered writing an e-mail rixc (at) rixc.lv, via PayPal (PayPal button at the bottom of the page) or it can be purchased in RIXC Office (11. novembra krastmala 35-201, Riga, ph.: +371 67228478; e-mail: rixc (at) rixc.lv). This volume along all other RIXC publications is also available on Amazon.com, order here.

List of other publications available for purchase here.

By Daina Silina / RIXC

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