Does Gaia strike back?

Images of how nature seemed to come alive after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic went viral during the lockdown. In an excerpt from her new book published in the Swiss magazin “Das Magazin”, cultural scientist Elisabeth Bronfen asks what is the attraction of these images. And what role do pictures and stories play in making the pandemic as such tangible and understandable? With reference to Donna Haraways, Elisabeth Bronfen argues that we need to be aware of the complex interdependencies of the system nature.

Her book “Infected: Contemporary Information on Pandemic and Culture” (“Angesteckt: Zeitgemässes über Pandemie und Kultur”) will be published by Echtzeit Verlag at the end of August 2020.

The 3D installation “Gaia” by British artist Luke Jerram can be seen at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival in London from August 28 to September 12, 2020.