‘The Midden’ explores the roles of art, fiction, and philosophy in relation to the future. More specifically, it asks what post-fossil art and society might look like. In discussing the methods and instruments deployed by contemporary artists to address ecologies and ecological issues, including engagements with laboratories, museums, and cartography, it promotes an examination of the themes of binaries, entanglement, and post-sustainability.
Time and change are key factors at play in the compost. The Midden digs into a heap of material amassed by the art research network Frontiers in Retreat. From 2013–18 the project involved eight residency and research organizations from around Europe and 25 artists including Bartaku, Quelic Berga, Brett Bloom, Sylvia Grace Borda, Company, Gints Gabrans, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Kati Gausmann, Carl Giffney, Tue Greenfort, Terike Haapoja, Hanna Husberg, Radhildur Ingadottir, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Mari Keski-Korsu, Elena Mazzi, Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri, Mirko Nikolic, Tuula Närhinen, Khaled Ramadan, Anna Rubio, Joanes Simon-Perret, Richard Skelton, Tracey Warr, and Simon Yuill.
Editors: Jenni Nurmenniemi, Tracey Warr
Contributors: Taru Elfving, Emmi Itäranta, Jenni Nurmenniemi, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, and Tracey Warr
Design: NODE Berlin Oslo
Publisher: Garret Publications in collaboration with HIAP
Printing: Ruksaldruck, Berlin
Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm