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Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray

Table of Contents

p. 13
Robert Smithson: A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects (1968)
Sverker Sörlin: Uncovering the Non-Site: Robert Smithson on Art, Layers, and Time

p. 45
Alfred Russel Wallace: The Importance of Dust: A Source of Beauty and Essential to Life (1889)
Gloria Meynen: Think Small

p. 69
Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg: Trade-Wind Dust and Blood Rain (1844–49)
Jan Zalasiewicz: Change in the Air

p. 95
Lennart von Post: On South-Swedish Peat Bogs (1916)
Geoffrey C. Bowker: The Seeds of Synchronicity

p. 117
Harold C. Urey: Oxygen Isotopes in Nature and in the Laboratory (1948)
Kodwo Eshun: Reconstructing the Methods for Reformatting Oxygen Isotopes in Nature and in the Laboratory as Oxygen Tops Nature Oratory for Optical Character Recognition Scanners

p. 129
Walter Behrmann: The Process of Self-Reinforcement (1919)
Tim Ingold: After Behrmann: Three Short Tales of Self-Reinforcement

p. 147
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things (1st century BCE)
Bettina Vismann: In-visible Inter-actions

p. 173
Denis Diderot: D’Alembert’s Dream (1769)
Dorothea von Hantelmann: Bees, Exhibitions, and the Anthropocene

p. 195
Jorge Luis Borges: The Aleph (1945)
STRATAGRIDS: Measuring Infinity

p. 217
Rudolf von Laban: Principles of Dance and Movement Notation (1956)
Kinetography. Labanotation (1928)
Cecelia Watson: The Sphere

p. 241
Kushim: Clay Tablet (c.3200 – 3000 BCE)
Jürgen Renn: Learning from Kushim about the Origin of Writing and Farming

p. 261: John Maynard Keynes: Proposals for an International Clearing Union (1943)
House of Lords Debates, May 18, 1943
Adrian Lahoud: The Bodélé Declaration

p. 277
Roland Barthes: Plastic (1957)
Allen S. Weiss: Clay

p. 285
Georges Bataille: The Accursed Share (1949)
Etienne Turpin: Why were there tigers?

p. 322

p. 13
Franz Kafka: The Cares of a Family Man (1920)
Jane Bennett: The Shapes of Odradek and the Edges of Perception

p. 29
Hippocrates: Breaths (5th century BCE)
Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Breathing In, Breathing Out

p. 41
Italo Calvino: Blood, Sea (1967)
Stefan Helmreich: Blood, Waves

p. 55
Nathaniel B. Ward: On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed Cases (1842)
Paulo Tavares: Stratoshield

p. 73
Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur: The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor (1589–90)
Natasha Ginwala: The Fortress is Adjacent to the Mountains

p. 105
US Strategic Bombing Survey: Integration of Germany’s Process Industries (1945)
Benjamin Steininger: Refinery and Catalysis

p. 119
Haber-Bosch Process (c.1909)
Bernd M. Scherer: The Monsters

p. 135
Richard Buckminster Fuller: Machine Tools (1940)
Christina Vagt: Ventilated Prose

p. 157
Horst W. J. Rittel and Melvin M. Webber: Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning (1973)
John Law: Working well with Wickedness

p. 177
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen: The Steady State and Ecological Salvation: A Thermodynamic Analysis (1977)
Elmar Altvater: Securing the Planetary Boundaries

p. 209
Richard Price on Thomas Bayes: Essay Towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances (1763)
Armin Haas: The Fabulous Five

p. 223
Ludwig Boltzmann: Letter to Arrhenius (1902)
Dietmar Dath: Please Be Probable, Darling

p. 233
John Wilkins: Mercury: or, the Secret and Swift Messenger (1641)
John Tresch: Invisible Ark: John Wilkins, from Mercury to Real Character

p. 257
James Clerk Maxwell: On Physical Lines of Force (1861–62)
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p. 276

p. 13
Edwin Abbott Abbott: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)
Margarida Mendes: The Restless Sky

p. 37
Baruch Spinoza: Ethics (1677)
Akeel Bilgrami: Reflections on Spinoza’s Ethics, Part II, Prop. 11–13

p. 53
Moshe Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement, Lesson 11 (1972)
Torsten Blume: Rehearsal Habit

p. 73
Douglass Crockwell: Method of Producing Animated Motion Pictures (1948)
Flora Lysen: Grey Matter and Colored Wax

p. 101
Jacques Lacan: Seminar III: The Psychoses (1957)
Josh Berson: Forced Desynchrony

p. 119
Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham: The Optics (1011–21)
Natascha Sadr Haghighian: Parallax

p. 141
Bardo Thodol (8th century CE)
Bronislaw Szerszynski: Liberation Through Hearing in the Planetary Transition: Funerary Practices in Twenty-Second-Century Mangalayana Buddhism

p. 165
Paul Klee: Theory of Pictorial Formation (1921)
Pedagogical Sketchbook (1925)
Erich Hörl: Variations on Klee’s Cosmographic Method

p. 193
George Kubler: The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things (1962)
Molly Nesbit: George Kubler and the Second Hand

p. 221
Heinrich Hertz_ On the Energy Balance of the Earth (1885)
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri: Like an Eternal Eighth Day

p. 251
Wilhelm Ostwald: The Energetic Imperative (1912)
Peter Sloterdijk: The Anthropocene: A Process-State on the Edge of Geohistory?

p. 273
Thomas Pynchon: Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
Friedrich Kittler: Pynchon and Electro-Mysticism

p. 297
John Archibald Wheeler: Information, Physics, Quantum: The Search for Links (1990)
Dorion Sagan: The Wheeler Refractions: Science Fiction, Science Faction, Parlor Games, Physics, Rap, It, the Bit, and the Real

p. 325
Athanasius Kircher: Mundus Subterraneus (1664)
Michel Serres: Matter and Information

p. 334

Preface p. 3
MUD: All worlds, all times! p. 7
Oracle p. 8
Earth p. 21
Creature p. 27
Grain Vapor Ray p. 40
Overview of Volumes p. 43
Register of Terms p. 47
Register of Authors p. 64
The Editors p. 73
The Anthropocene Project 2013/2014 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt p. 75