“Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism” by Gernot Böhme

We are glad to announce that the first volume of the Atmospheric Spaces book series has been just published by Mimesis International: Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism by Gernot Böhme.

Aesthetic Economy is a theory of the recent development of capitalism in our national economies. According to Böhme, commodities are used for the staging of our lives: they produce atmospheres. Such a theory finds applications wherever staging is performed: e.g., in commodity aesthetics, in marketing, as well as in the sphere of production.

“The commodity has become compliant. So the moral of the story is this: the superfluous is useful. Its use is to put life on stage.”

Call for papers on Literary Atmospheres

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The open access journal Literary Geographies is sharing a call for papers for the section concerning “Literary Atmospheres”.

Essays may address some of these questions:

-how does literature address the production, maintenance, and differential breathability of multiple and shifting atmospheres across local and transnational scales?

  • how do writers connect, or attempt to disentangle, the aesthetic, material, and affective aspects of “atmosphere”? Is literary “atmosphere” (often associated with mood or tone) entangled with geographical and environmental accounts of atmosphere as material and trans-corporeal?
  • how can we approach atmospheres as a vehicle of literary comparison across genres, demographics, periods, boundaries, and scales?
  • how should we theorize the relation between planetary atmospheric change and local (or trans-local) patterns of atmospheric differentiation?

Abstracts (200-250 words) for 5-7000 words essays should be emailed to Hsuan L. Hsu – hLhsu@ucdavis.edu  by 20 June, 2017. Complete drafts will be sent out for peer review by 5 January, 2018.

Translating Ambiances and Atmospheres

The fourth International Research Group (GDRI), in collaboration with Ambiances – International Network, the Departement of architecture and urban studies of Milan and the Urban Simulation Laboratory “Fausto Curti”, will put the theme of translating ambiances and atmospheres under the attention of the conference “Translating Ambiances” that will take place on june 12-13-14 2017 at the Politecnico of Milan.

Taking the word “translation” into a broad sense, the topic of architectural and urban ambiances could be conceived into two cooperating ways, a more theoretical and conceptual one, and the practical one that concerns the development of specific and professional tools in the framework of ambiance creation.

Looking at this plurality of meanings and approaches the concept of atmosphere is brought into play, for a deep reflection on the emotional relationship between the place and the human living.

In the flyer you can find the program of these three days Conference.