Image Politics of Climate Change

Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations

Scientific research on climate change has given rise to a variety of images picturing climate change. These range from colorful expert graphics, model visualizations, photographs of extreme weather events like floods, droughts or melting ice, symbols like polar bears, to animated and interactive visualizations. Climate change graphics have not only increased knowledge about the subject, they have begun to influence popular awareness of global weather events. The status of climate pictures today is particularly crucial, as global climate change as a long-term process cannot be seen.

When images are widely distributed, they are able to shape how the world is thought about and seen. It is this implicit basic assumption of the power of images to influence reality that this book addresses: today's images might become the blueprint for tomorrow's realities.

»Image Politics of Climate Change« combines a wide interdisciplinary range of perspectives and questions, treated here in sixteen interdisciplinary case studies. The author's specializations include both visual practice and theory: in the fields of climate sciences, computer graphics, art, curating, art history and visual studies, communication and cultural science, environmental and science & technology studies. The close interlinking of these viewpoints promotes in-depth insights into issues of production and analysis of climate visualization.

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2014-03-21, 388 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2610-0

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Birgit Schneider

Birgit Schneider, University of Potsdam, Germany

Thomas Nocke

Thomas Nocke, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

... with Birgit Schneider und Thomas Nocke

1. »Completely unnecessary!« - Why is that not true for your book?

Climate change in its scientific complexity is very difficult to imagine for people not involved in climate science; in daily experience, climate change cannot be directly grasped. At the same time we are confronted with – often conflicting – climate information and the inability to imagine possible climate futures. Here our book takes its starting point. It critically analyzes the full diversity of pictures originating from different contexts which all claim to make climate change meaningful on a visual level, e.g. coming from climate research, politics, activism, art, press, and blogs. To our knowledge up to now such a wide-ranging anthology doesn't exist which at the same time fruitfully combines theory with practice.

2. What new perspectives are opened up by your book?

Today's images might become the blueprint for tomorrow's realities. Therefore climate pictures have a key role in making the future imaginable. The close interlinking of the author's viewpoints promotes in-depth insights into issues of production and analysis of climate visualization like the power of images, their frictions and expressiveness, and how such images are able to depict uncertainty.

3. What's the book's possible impact on the current discourse?

The most important debate this book is aiming at is the question if there is a general link from (climate) knowledge to action, from image to action? What is the ›right‹ way to communicate climate change knowledge? It is claimed that using pictures which are as effective as possible helps to vividly put across to the recipients what they are unable to envision and become conscious of by means of text alone. It is this implicit basic assumption of the power of images to influence reality that we address in this book. How are images supposed to influence reality? But also: what limitations do they have?

4. With which audience would you like to discuss your book?

We would like to discuss our book with all people who are confronted with the task to produce climate pictures like climate researchers, cartographers, graphic designers, film makers teachers, and artists, but also with those employing climate pictures like policy makers, campaign developers, and journalists; in addition, we would like to discuss issues raised in this book with disciplines reflecting on the general use of images like art history, sociology and philosophy.

5. Your book in one sentence:

The anthology critically analyzes the diversity of pictures originating from multiple contexts which all claim to make climate change meaningful on a visual level.

»Eine Publikation, die mit informierten und detaillierten Beiträgen der Komplexität des Themas bestens Rechnung trägt. Die Beiträge zeichnen sich alle durch ihre hohe Qualität und trotz des Detailreichtums durch ein hohes Theorieniveau aus.«
Angela Krewani, MEDIENwissenschaft, 3 (2015)
»Die im Band versammelten 16 Beiträge [machen] eindrucksvoll den Facettenreichtum des Gegenstandes deutlich.«
Mike S. Schäfer, M&K, 63/2 (2015)
Autor_in(nen)
Birgit Schneider / Thomas Nocke (eds.)
Buchtitel
Image Politics of Climate Change Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations
Verlag
transcript Verlag
Seitenanzahl
388
Ausstattung
kart., zahlr. Abb.
ISBN
978-3-8376-2610-0
DOI
10.14361/transcript.9783839426104
Warengruppe
1581
BIC-Code
ABA JFD RNT JPQB
BISAC-Code
ART009000 SOC052000 SOC026000 POL044000
THEMA-Code
ABA JBCT RNT RND JPQB
Erscheinungsdatum
2014-03-21
Auflage
1
Themen
Bild, Natur
Adressaten
Visual Studies, Climate Studies, Art History, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, History of Science, Politics
Schlagworte
Climate Change Communication, Visual Culture, Visual Studies, Media, Information Design, Environment, Climate Policy, Statistics, Photography, Global Warming, Weather, Image, Nature, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Policy, Fine Arts

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