Finding a future desert without deserting the future.
The desert and desertification are concepts with unstable, unfixed definitions that haunt current politics and aesthetics. Manual for a Future Desert proposes a full-spectrum scanning of the desert and its multiple implications across cultural, technological, political, and ecological concerns. Emerging from an artistic research program conducted in the Chihuahuan Desert on western Texas, this book is a time-space capsule; it brings together contributions by 22 researchers, philosophers, artists, and ecologists, collecting routes, tools, and understandings on the desert in order to address and act upon issues that shape present and future realities. It is a manual for tapping into the exigency of the desert; it determines the coordinates for finding a future desert without deserting the future.