Accumulation: The Art, Architecture, and Media of Climate Change

Weather can be experienced, but to understand climate, media is necessary.

Accumulation: The Art, Architecture, and Media of Climate Change

The current epoch is one of accumulation: not only of capital but also of raw, often unruly material, from plastic in the ocean and carbon in the atmosphere to people, buildings, and cities. Alongside this material growth, image-making practices embedded within the fields 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 and have formed a cultural infrastructure focused on the relationships between humans, other species, and their environments.

The essays in Accumulation address this cultural infrastructure and the methodological challenges of its analysis. They offer a response to the relative invisibility of the climate now seen as material manifestations of social behavior. Contributors outline opportunities and ambitions of visual scholarship as a means to encounter the challenges emergent in the current epoch: how can climate become visible, culturally and politically? Knowledge of climatic instability can change collective behavior and offer other trajectories, counteraccumulations that draw the present into a different, more livable, future.


Emily Apter, Hans Baumann, Dominic Boyer, Lindsay Bremner, Amanda Boetzkes, Nerea Calvillo, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Beth Cullen, T. J. Demos, Jeff Diamanti, Jennifer Ferng, Jennifer Gabrys, Ian Gray, Gökçe Günel, Orit Halpern, Gabrielle Hecht, Cymene Howe, Robin Kelsey, Bruno Latour, Stephanie LeMenager, Nashin Mahtani, Kiel Moe, Hannah le Roux, Karen Pinkus, Stephanie Wakefield, McKenzie Wark, and Kathryn Yusoff.

With an expanded introduction by editors Nick Axel, Daniel A. Barber, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle.

Architecture, Nature & Ecology, Design, Contemporary Art
Media theory, Climate change, Human - Nonhuman Relations, Anthropocene, Accidents & Disasters

February 2022, English 
272 pages, 8 b&w photos, 7x10 in.
Paper: ISBN 978-1-5179-1151-5
Library Cloth: ISBN 978-1-5179-1150-8


​The University of Minnesota Press

Published in collaboration with
​Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Nick Axel, Daniel A. Barber, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle


Series cover design
Liam Gillick

Book design
Noah Venezia

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