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    Turning disaster into crisis
    Cubitt, S (SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, 2022-03-07)
    This article suggests that the conditions driving the still-unresolved global financial crisis that began in 2007 depend on a generalised condition of capitalist coloniality that profits from disasters. It proposes that the task of cultural studies is to convert these disasters into crises: critical and therefore history-making opportunities.
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    Pandemic: Invisibility and silence
    Cubitt, S (ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2022-04-07)
    Can the COVID pandemic be understood in any other than ecocritical and decolonial terms? It has brought nothing new except perhaps a certain fatalism in politics, borrowed from eco-catastrophism. Apocalyptic visions of migration, the Anthropocene, pestilence, and neo-populism exacerbate longer-term trends. Religious fanatics with machine guns take whips to outsiders whose gender or skin colour they despise at the behest of billionaire warlords from the Texas border to Kabul. But COVID-19 coincides with some intriguing cultural novelties, most of all a plague of visibility traced here through Ana Lily Amirpour’s film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, paired with a simultaneous mode of disappearance associated with the video image. Hegemonic transitions, the rise of financialization, and extractive postcolonization tie pandemic to fading (and therefore vengeful) American individualism and the rising (and therefore aggressive) Chinese command economy. The virus is occasion for profit: only a new and ecologically scaled cosmopolitanism can save us.
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    Ambient Images
    Cubitt, S ; Lury, C ; McQuire, S ; Papastergiadis, N ; Palmer, D ; Pfefferkorn, J ; Sunde, E (The Nordic Society for Aesthetics, 2021)
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    NASA’s Voyager Fly-by Animations’
    Cubitt, S ; Harris, M ; Husbands, L ; Taberham, P (Routledge, 2019-02-14)
    Analysis of the animations produced by James Blinn and Alvy Ray Smith for the Voyager missions, including consideration of the Golden Dscs, as examples of 'psthumous' media, designed for consumption y alien species after the demise of our own.
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    Virilio et la pensée totale
    Cubitt, S ; Pacquot, T (Etérotopia, 2021)
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    Anthropocene Archival Ethics
    Cubitt, S ; Potts, J (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021-09-01)
    This book examines the use and re-use of digital archives in a unique manner, by combining theoretical and practical approaches to the contemporary digital archive.
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    Ecocritical Media Arts and the War on Terra
    Cubitt, S (The New Media Caucus, 2021-11-02)
    Ecocritique accepts, as it must, that humans and environments have been ripped apart historically, sociologically, and aesthetically. But it also recognizes that because we have become strangers, dialogue between humans and environments is possible as it could not be if we were all one universal flux. Because of our mutual alienation, there are endless opportunities for misunderstanding when we capture, store, and process what we confront as Nature. Contemporary economic and political conditions driving ever more terrifying inequalities of wealth and power create the crisis implicit in ecocritique. The critical functions of art, which in these circumstances implies technical and creative aesthetic and political practice, concern the construction of a “we” that embraces the human and non- human victims of ecocide. The master’s tools might dismantle the master’s house, but can they build a different dwelling? Where are the practices that can produce more-than- human social change?
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    Encountering Angels
    Cubitt, S ; Seomi, H (Busan Museum of Art, 2021)
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    Fugue
    Cubitt, S ; Frieling, R ; Le Tourneau, F (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with Delmonico Books, Prestel, 2020)
    The designs, controls, and conviviality Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has made possible are fugal pre-echoes of a human-natural-technical harmony we sense now as dissonance, but dissonance brimming with the utopian promise of resonance.
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    A Community of Media
    Cubitt, S ; Swartz, J ; Wasko, J (Intellect (UK) and University of Chicago Press, 2021-01-15)
    The collection addresses the emerging roles of media across a wide range of disciplines, featuring contributions from an array of internationally known scholars and practitioners.