Post image for A Portrait of the 21st-Century Alps, Where Glaciers Retreat and Concrete Advances

The Alps today are different mountains from when the first 19th-century photographers hoisted heavy plate cameras up their craggy sides. Glaciers are in retreat, ski resorts are firmly lodged into slopes, and human infrastructure crawls back and forth steadily up their inclines.

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A Will for the Woods film

In the United States, funerals often seem to be at war with death’s decay. Rather than let our bodies decompose into the soil, we embalm and coat them in makeup, seal them in wood and metal caskets, lower them into waterproof vaults.

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Post image for How Soon Is Now? A Precarious Environment Roots in Art

News of the dramatic remapping of the Arctic ice in the upcoming 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is only one of the many alarm bells clanging out the message that we live on a changing planet. With that urgency has come an upsurge in environmentally minded art, and a new book brings 95 of these creators together in a compendium of ecologically responsive work.

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Post image for Photographing Ancient Organisms Before They Disappear

Brooklyn-based photographer Rachel Sussman spent nearly a decade tracking down the elders of our world, where life is measured in centuries instead of years.

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A Bag Lady by Any Other Name

by Susan Silas on October 28, 2013

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There are many dystopian futures out there. Mary Mattingly’s, recently on view at Robert Mann Gallery, is oddly disjunctive, containing the requisite pessimism imbued with occasional broad strokes of optimism.

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Post image for Photographing the State of the Environment in the 1970s

Back in the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency sent over 70 photographers to all 50 states in order to document the environmental concerns of the regions.

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Post image for Where Plastic Flows: Visualizing Environmental Data

OAKLAND, Calif. — There’s the old thought experiment in the days before social media and mobile phones: if you could send a message in a bottle, where would it end up?

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Knowing Where Your Gadgets Come From

by An Xiao on September 25, 2013

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OAKLAND, Calif. — As I type out this post, I am ever more aware of those who piece together the keyboard, circuits and processors that brought this computer to life.

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Post image for Climate Change Data Set to Music to Serenade a Warming Planet

A cellist has composed a haunting song that turns charted data of climate change into an ominous serenade.

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Post image for Major New Multifaceted Exhibition Focuses on Ecology and Environmental Issues

The word “expo” conjures big visions: grand pavilions, ferris wheels, exotic exhibitions, a world’s fair. But last Sunday, a different kind of expo opened at MoMA PS1, in Long Island City, Queens — Expo 1: New York, the latest curatorial effort of the institution’s director, Klaus Biesenbach. It’s not quite a world’s fair, but Expo 1, which is the result of a ongoing partnership between MoMA and Volkswagen, riffs on the idea by comprising many pieces that fit loosely together as a whole. It might best be described as an exhibition of exhibitions, or an extremely multifaceted exhibition, or an exhibition that’s “not only an exhibition,” as Biesenbach said at a press preview last week. He also talked about it in terms of wrapping “an envelope around the building [MoMA PS1],” while curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a co-organizer of the show, called it “almost like a Russian babushka.” This was shortly after Obrist posed the essential question from which Expo 1 sprang: “What is a large-scale exhibition for the 21st century?”

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