Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, dark ecology has emerged out of context of global warming and anthropocentrism of deep ecology. It draws up the idea of object-oriented ontology, outlines the new pattern of future coexistence, and highlights the aesthetic dimension of ecology. Ontologically, dark ecology connects causality with aesthetic dimension through the tension between the “withdrawn” and the “present” of “hyperobjects”. Epistemologically, it considers the “world” as an aesthetic effect and traces it back to the rise of agrilogistics in Mesopotamia. Methodologically, it explores the abyss between the thing-in-itself and its sensory appearance with the artistic methods of “paradox” and “irony”. In the age of “asymmetry” and “hyposubjects” revealed by dark ecology, aesthetics acts as a guide for ecological thought and future coexistence.
dark ecology, hyperobjects, hyposubjects, agrilogistics, aesthetic dimension
Zhang, Jin. 2022. "On Dark Ecology and Its Aesthetic Dimension." Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art 42, (3): pp.47-55. https://tsla.researchcommons.org/journal/vol42/iss3/6