Eerie systems and saudade for a lost nature

Paul Goodfellow*

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This paper considers Art’s engagement with the socio-ecological systems in operation in the world. Drawing from both environmental and art history, this paper employs the Deleuzean concept of the fold to suggest three overlapping periods of ecological-systems awareness over the past sixty years. This paper demonstrates how we have shifted our attention from a material engagement with the Earth to a primary engagement with systems which describe and simulate the Earth. This shift in attention to secondary information and an enfoldment within systems, defined as the Post-Systems Condition, manifests in the aesthetic quality of the eerie and a profound sense of saudade or longing for a lost nature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number124
Number of pages22
Issue number4
Early online date24 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Saudade
  • Eerie
  • Virtual
  • Systems
  • Fold
  • Nature
  • Simulation


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