At a moment when extreme climate change is transforming our world, what does it mean to make art and film about a warming Arctic without sentimentalizing or spectacularizing suffering? Indigenous literary theorist Gerald Vizenor uses the term “aesthetics of survivance” to articulate the central place of creative visual story-telling in indigenous knowledge to address climate trauma. Bloom builds on this tenet by investigating films about the Arctic that call forth new forms of representation and narrative on the climate crisis by pushing the viewer to imagine a different way of seeing, feeling, knowing and surviving in the face of a fast-changing landscape.
About Lisa E. Bloom:
Lisa E. Bloom is the author of many feminist books and articles including her book Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), the first critical feminist book to date on the Arctic and Antarctic written from a feminist and postcolonial perspective. More recently, she has written extensively on the polar regions, contemporary art and film, and is currently completing her latest book, Critical Polar Aesthetics: Reimagining Art and the Climate Crisis in the Arctic and Antarctic (Duke University Press, forthcoming, 2022). Bloom has taught and been a researcher at a number of universities (including Josai International University, Togane, Japan, where she was an associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies). Since then she has taught at the University of California, San Diego, Stanford University, and from 2017-2020 was a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Beatrice Bain Center in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.