The climate is not the weather. Weather can be experienced, but to understand climate, media is necessary. As the computational capacity to manage meteorological data emerged in the middle of the twentieth century, so did the means of visualizing and disseminating these new forms of complex information. Scientific knowledge of global and regional climate systems has developed through expressive, technical, and speculative images. Media provide access to processes of accumulation that are endemic to the contemporary socio-biotic condition of climate instability. If media do not precisely determine our situation, in the wake of Friedrich Kittler, they nonetheless provide access to the material and cultural outlines of possible futures.

The current epoch is one of accumulation: not only of capital (primitive or otherwise) but also of raw, often unruly material; from plastic in the ocean and carbon in the atmosphere to people, buildings and cities. Of anxiety, and of a recognition of the difficulty of finding effective means for intervening in the behaviors and practices that engender these patterns. Alongside these material accumulations, image making practices embedded within the disciplines of art and architecture have proven to be fertile, mobile and capacious. Images of accumulation help open up the climate to cultural inquiry and political mobilization.

Nick Axel
Daniel A. Barber
Nikolaus Hirsch
Anton Vidokle

Image Editor
Mariana Silva

Accumulation, a project by e-flux Architecture and Daniel A. Barber, is produced in cooperation with the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University, the Speculative Life Lab at the Milieux Institute, Concordia University Montréal, the Princeton School of Architecture, and the PhD Program in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design.

Lindsay Bremner and Beth Cullen
Jade Urbanism
Amanda Boetzkes and Jeff Diamanti
At the Moraine
Gökçe Günel
Energy Accumulation
Stephanie Wakefield
Anthropocene Hubris
Ian Gray
Damage Functions
Hannah le Roux and Gabrielle Hecht
Bad Earth
Nerea Calvillo
Particular Sensibilities
Jennifer Gabrys
Becoming Planetary
Hans Baumann and Karen Pinkus
Crystalline Basement
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
On Patterns and Proxies
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer
Stephanie LeMenager
Living with Fire (Hot Media)
Robin Kelsey
An Inversion
Emily Apter
Orit Halpern
Hopeful Resilience
Nick Axel, Daniel A. Barber, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle
Emily Apter

Emily Apter is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University and currently serves as Vice-President of the American Comparative Literature Association. Her most recent books books include: Against World Literature: On The Politics of Untranslatability (2013), Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (co-edited with Barbara Cassin, Jacques Lezra and Michael Wood) (2014);  and The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature (2006).

Hans Baumann

Hans Baumann is a Swiss-American artist and land art practitioner. His work is informed by extensive research in evolutionary dynamics and human geography, as well as his longstanding interest in geological phenomena and nonhuman timescales.

Amanda Boetzkes

Amanda Boetzkes is professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph.

Dominic Boyer

Dominic Boyer is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and Founding Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, the first research center in the world designed specifically to promote research on the energy/environment nexus in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Lindsay Bremner

Lindsay Bremner is a research architect in the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster, London.

Nerea Calvillo

Nerea Calvilllo is an architect and researcher, assistant professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, and founder of C+ arquitectos and In the Air.

Beth Cullen

Beth Cullen is an anthropologist and postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster, London.

T. J. Demos

T. J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of several books, including Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, (Sternberg Press, 2017), and The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013)—winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award.

Jeff Diamanti

Jeff Diamanti is assistant professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam.

Jennifer Ferng

Jennifer Ferng is senior lecturer and the postgraduate director across the disciplines of architecture, design, and planning at the University of Sydney.

Jennifer Gabrys

Jennifer Gabrys is Chair in Media, Culture and Environment in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Principal Investigator on the projects Citizen Sense and AirKit, both funded by the European Research Council. Her books include Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (2016) and How to Do Things with Sensors (forthcoming).

Ian Gray

Ian Gray is a PhD student in sociology at the University of California Los Angeles and a visiting predoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Gökçe Günel

Gökçe Günel is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Rice University and the author of Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (2019).

Orit Halpern

Orit Halpern is an associate professor of interactive design in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. Her research explores the histories of digital technologies, cybernetics, the human and cognitive sciences and design, with a particular focus on the histories of big data, interactivity and ubiquitous computing. Halpern’s recent book, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 (Duke University Press, 2014), is a history of the interface, interactivity and big data.

Gabrielle Hecht

Gabrielle Hecht is the Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where she is also Professor of History, Professor (by courtesy) of Anthropology, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute.

Cymene Howe

Cymene Howe is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and the author of Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Duke) as well as co-editor of Anthropocene Yet Unseen: A Lexicon (Punctum). She co-hosts the weekly Cultures of Energy podcast.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is the Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for Media@Risk at the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania.

Robin Kelsey

Robin Kelsey is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography.

Bruno Latour

Born in 1947 in Beaune, France, Bruno Latour is now professor emeritus associated with the médialab and the program in political arts (SPEAP) of Sciences Po in Paris. Since January 2018 he has been a fellow at the Zentrum für Kunst und Media (ZKM) and professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), both in Karlsruhe, Germany. A member of several academies and recipient of six honorary doctorates, he received the Holberg Prize in 2013. He has written and edited more than twenty books and published more than 150 articles. The major international exhibitions he has curated are: “Iconoclash: Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art” with Peter Weibel (2002), “Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy” (2005), and “Reset Modernity!” (2016). The catalogs of all three exhibitions are published by MIT Press. He is now a member of the curatorial committee at ZKM for the ongoing exhibition “Critical Zones: Observatory for Earthly Politics.” He is the current curator of the Taipei Biennial.

Stephanie LeMenager

Stephanie LeMenager is Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, where she co-directs the Center for Environmental Futures with Professor Marsha Weisiger.

Nashin Mahtani

Nashin Mahtani is an architectural theorist and designer, investigating the interplay of software aesthetics, ecological governance, and social behaviours to advocate for environmental justice. She is currently the director of (Disaster Map Indonesia), where she leads a multidisciplinary design research team in developing humanitarian infrastructures for climate adaptation.

Kiel Moe

Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Gerald Sheff Chair of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal. He was previously Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he also served as a Co-Director of the MDes degree program in the Advanced Studies Program, Co-Coordinator of the Energy & Environments MDes concentration, and Director of the Energy, Environments, and Design research unit at the GSD.

Karen Pinkus

Karen Pinkus is Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She is editor of Diacritics and author of Fuel: A Speculative Dictionary (Minnesota, 2016), as well as numerous other publications on environmental change, literature, critical theory, and film.

Hannah le Roux

Hannah le Roux is an architect, educator and theorist. She is Associate Professor at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Stephanie Wakefield

Stephanie Wakefield researches human-environment relations, urban resilience, and social-ecological systems thinking. She is an Urban Studies Foundation International Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Florida International University.

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark (she/her) teaches at The New School and is the author, most recently, of Capital is Dead (Verso, 2019) and Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotext(e), 2020).


Kathryn Yusoff

Kathryn Yusoff is Reader in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on geophilosophy, political aesthetics, and the Anthropocene. She is currently finishing a book on “Geologic Life” and is co-editor (with Nigel Clark) of a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society on “Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene.”

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