Arts, Religion, and the Environment

Exploring Nature's Texture


Humans have been described as “meaning-making animals.” At the threshold of the Anthropocene, how might humans artistically envision their place in the world? Do humans possess cultural tools, which will allow us to imagine new possibilities and relationships with the natural environment at a time when our material surroundings are under siege?
Exploring Nature’s Texture looks at the imaginative possibilities of using the visual arts to address the breakdown of the human relationship with the environment. Bringing together contributions from artists, theologians, anthropologists and philosophers, it investigates the arts as a bridge between culture and nature, as well as between the human and more-than-human world.

Contributors: Whitney A. Bauman, Sigurd Bergmann, Forrest Clingerman, Timothy M. Collins, J. Sage Elwell, Reiko Goto, Arto Haapala, Tim Ingold, Karolina Sobecka, George Steinmann

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Sigurd Bergmann, PhD (Lund, 1995), is Professor in Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. His publications include God in Context (Ashgate 2003), Creation Set Free (Eerdmans 2005), In the Beginning is the Icon (Equinox, 2009), and Religion, Space and the Environment (Transaction, 2014/2016).

Forrest Clingerman, Ph.D. (Iowa, 2005) is Associate Professor at Ohio Northern University (USA). He researches environmental theology and philosophy, and is co-editor of Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering (Lexington, 2016) and Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (Fordham University Press, 2014).
Notes on Contributors VII

1 Introduction: Exploring Nature’s Texture
Sigurd Bergmann and Forrest Clingerman

Part 1: Seeing

2 With-In: Towards an Aesth/Ethics of Prepositions
Sigurd Bergmann

3 The Atmospheric Turn
Karolina Sobecka

Part 2: Wondering

4 Wonder and Ernst Haeckel’s Aesthetics of Nature
Whitney Bauman

5 Art without an Object but with Impact
George Steinmann

6 Between Science and Art: An Anthropological Odyssey
Tim Ingold

Part 3: Connecting

7 The Black Wood: Relations, Empathy and a Feeling of Oneness in Caledonian Pine Forests
Reiko Goto and Tim Collins

8 Cultivated and Governed or Free and Wild? On Assessing Gardens and Parks Aesthetically
Arto Haapala

9 Where Embodiment Meets Environment: A Meditation on the Work of Hans Breder and Ana Mendieta with an Accompanying Interview with Hans Breder
J. Sage Elwell

10 Conclusion: The Aesthetic Roots of Environmental Amnesia: The Work of Art and the Imagination of Place
Forrest Clingerman
Scholars and students in theology/religious studies, art history, artists and curators, environmental humanities, environmental studies, philosophy, anthropology, environmental arts, architecture, sociology.
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