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Planetary Memory in the Anthropocene: Toward a Monument for a New Geological Epoch

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Publication date27/04/2025
Host publicationCounter-Monuments: Memory Practices in Public Space
EditorsMaria Engelskirchen, Ursula Frohne, Corinna Kuhn, Maria Wagner
Number of pages16
ISBN (electronic)9783839470848
ISBN (print)9783837670844
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameCultural Heritage Studies
ISSN (Print)2752-1516
ISSN (electronic)2752-1524


The abstract explores the evolving role of contemporary art in engaging with the challenges of the Anthropocene era. It discusses the concept of counter-monuments, which prioritize fluidity and interaction over solidity, and advocates for the creation of new communicative memory. The essay highlights the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art, emphasizing its ability to provoke critical thinking and dialogue on complex social and ecological issues. It also examines the role of technology in shaping artistic expression and advocates for a distributed critique approach that acknowledges the relevance of non-human entities. Finally, the abstract emphasizes the need for a counter-monumental approach to marking the Anthropocene, one that generates imaginative, discursive spaces for fluid, communicative memory.