The Chernobyl Herbarium: Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness

The Chernobyl Herbarium Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness We entrust readers with thirty fragments of reflections meditations recollections and images one for each year that has passed since the explosion that rocked and destroyed a part of the Chernobyl

  • Title: The Chernobyl Herbarium: Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness
  • Author: Michael Marder Anaïs Tondeur
  • ISBN: 9781785420276
  • Page: 435
  • Format: PDF
  • We entrust readers with thirty fragments of reflections, meditations, recollections, and images one for each year that has passed since the explosion that rocked and destroyed a part of the Chernobyl nuclear power station in April 1986 The aesthetic visions, thoughts, and experiences that have made their way into this book hover in a grey region between the singular andWe entrust readers with thirty fragments of reflections, meditations, recollections, and images one for each year that has passed since the explosion that rocked and destroyed a part of the Chernobyl nuclear power station in April 1986 The aesthetic visions, thoughts, and experiences that have made their way into this book hover in a grey region between the singular and the self enclosed, on the one hand, and the generally applicable and universal, on the other Through words and images, we wish to contribute our humble share to a collaborative grappling with the event of Chernobyl Unthinkable and unrepresentable as it is, we insist on the need to reflect upon, signify, and symbolize it, taking stock of the consciousness it fragmented and, perhaps, cultivating another, environmentally attuned way of living.

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    1. A fascinating little book ruminating on the effects of Chernobyl on the natural environment. The images/photography are particularly resonant, as well as Fragments 6 (“One is ineluctably passive in the face of radioactivity”), 9 (“Besides the plants that have grown in radioactive soil, the shards of our own exploded consciousness are reassembled in it, albeit not glued together—neither mended nor healed”), 11 (“voices and words (whispered or screamed out)”), 13 (“’It strokes th [...]

    2. Brilliantly constructed considerations through art and philosophy on the meaning of Chernobyl (as a place, as a disaster) with a perfectly weighted balance between theory and personal experience. The featured artworks (scans of plant-life from Chernobyl) are haunting and abrupt as bridges between each of the 'fragments' (or chapters).

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