Sex Ecologies explores pleasure, affect, and the powers of the erotic in the human and more-than-human worlds. Arguing for the positive and constructive role of sex in ecology and art practice, these texts and artistic research projects attempt nothing short of reclaiming the sexual from Western erotophobia and heteronormative narratives of nature and reproduction. The artists and writers set out to examine queer ecology through the lens of environmental humanities, investigating the fluid boundaries between bodies (both human and nonhuman), between binary conceptions of nature as separate from culture, and between disciplines.
In newly commissioned texts from such writers as Mel Y. Chen and Jack Halberstam and a selection of influential essays—including an annotated version of Audre Lorde's “The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”—as well as images and sketches from works in progress by a diverse group of artists, Sex Ecologies combines insights from the fields of art, environmental humanities, ecofeminism, gender studies, science, technology, political science, and indigenous studies.
Sex Ecologies, which accompanies an exhibition of the same name at Kunsthall Trondheim, emerges from an arts-driven research project collaboratively developed between the art center and the Seed Box environmental humanities collaboratory. Conceived not as a result but as a seed arising from this transdisciplinary fertilization, the volume presents a case for the role of sex in environmental and social justice.
Katja Aglert, Tarsh Bates, adrienne maree brown, Mel Y. Chen, Léuli Eshrāghi, Jack Halberstam, Eva Hayward, niilas helander, Stefanie Hessler, Jenny Hval, Jessie Kleemann, Audre Lorde, Nina Lykke, Camila Marambio, Serubiri Moses, Astrida Neimanis, Marie Helene Pereira, Laure Prouvost, Filipa Ramos, Catriona Sandilands, Sami Schalk, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, Kim TallBear, Victoria Wibeck, Elvia Wilk
Jes Fan, Ibrahim Fazlic, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Jessie Kleemann, Okwui Okpokwasili, Margrethe Pettersen, Anna Tjé, Alberta Whittle
Copublished with Kunsthall Trondheim (Norway) and the Seed Box (Sweden)