Acquiescence: fluid realities and planned retreat

Clark, Nigel (2010). Acquiescence: fluid realities and planned retreat. Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture, 4 pp. 42–59.



This article is part of a special edition which explores the theme of the ocean in culture and thought. It addresses the theme of global climate change in relation to recent artworks from New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The paper suggests that 'planned retreat' as a response to rising seal levels challenges modernity's core concern with 'advancement'. It argues that Pacific and other cultures with long histories of living with the turbulence of the ocean might offer insights to others about 'hospitable' ways of relating to 'strangers' and those in need in a time of rapid global change.

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