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The Ethics of Earth Art$
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Amanda Boetzkes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665884

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665884.001.0001

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Ecotechnology and the Receptive Surface

Ecotechnology and the Receptive Surface

(p.101) Three Ecotechnology and the Receptive Surface
The Ethics of Earth Art

Amanda Boetzkes

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines artworks that place the spectator in an immersive situation. It explores the works of James Turrell, Chris Drury, and Olafur Eliasson, whose works are known for their earthen enclosures or installations saturated by light and the use of colored filters and reflective mirrors. It investigates how their work offers unencumbered access to natural phenomena as they are structured to restrain the viewer at the threshold of elemental manifestations such as sky, light, atmosphere, water, and color. It also argues that the phenomenological positioning of the spectator, surrounded and separated at the same time from elementals, expresses a necessary withdrawal from earth that opens the senses to the dynamism and plenitude of earth.

Keywords:   spectator, immersive situation, James Turrell, Chris Drury, Olafur Eliasson, elemental manifestations, phenomenological positioning

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