Through drawings, thought experiments, recipes, instructions, gardening ideas, insurgences and personal revolutions, 140 artists come together for a publication dedicated to the environment and the climate emergency.
As part of Serpentine’s Back to Earth project and in collaboration with Penguin Press, 140 artists, scientists, architects, filmmakers and more contribute ideas to a ‘do-it-yourself’ guide on how to shape a more ecological and equitable future.
This is the result: a compendium of recipes, sketches, photographs, essays, spells, and instructions that ask us to engage with the climate emergency in new and imaginative ways in our daily lives, in our homes and communities, parks and public spaces. The contributors of the book invite you to scribble on these pages, to rip them out and take them to a protest, letting the book become a companion in thinking about new futures.
We hope that holding this book, going through its pages and listening to its many voices will offer alternate -yet connected- visions of our planet, food for thought, seeds to grow, incentives to cook, dream and act, individually and collectively, as we look ahead and imagine together, for the sake of the next 50, 500 or 5,000 years.
With contributions by Marina Abramović, Etel Adnan, John Akomfrah, Sophia Al-Maria, Maria Thereza Alves, Michael Anastassiades, Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Tatiana Bilbao, Black Quantum Futurism Collective, Stefano Boeri, Lauren Bon, Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, James Bridle, Vivian Caccuri, Nerea Calvillo, Carolina Caycedo, Gabriel Chaile, Ian Cheng, Judy Chicago, Jane Fonda and Swoon, Natsai Audrey Chieza, Mel Chin, Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen, Cooking Sections, Hilary Cottam, Ilse Crawford, Regina De Miguel, Agnes Denes, Es Devlin, Manthia Diawara, Dunne & Raby, Jimmie Durham, Torkwase Dyson, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, rafa esparza, Simone Fattal, Cao Fei, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Forensic Architecture, Simone Forti, Norman Foster, Futurefarmers, Martino Gamper, Fernando García-Dory, Annabella Geiger, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Girls Garage, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Fritz Haeg, Anna Halprin, Katharine Hamnett, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, Maren Hassinger, Gabriella Hearst, Holly Herndon, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sheila Hicks, Carsten Höller, Sky Hopinka, Luchita Hurtado, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hyphen-Labs, Evan Ifekoya, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nabihah Iqbal, Alfredo Jaar, Suzanne Jackson, Koo Jeong-A, Joan Jonas, Jonathan Jones and Jazz Money, Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe, Carla Juaçaba, Bhanu Kapil, Karrabing Film Collective, Jasleen Kaur, Alison Knowles, Bernie Krause, Suzanne Lacy, Max Lamb, Lina Lapelytė, Maya Lin, Duane Linklater, Lucy R. Lippard, David Lynch, Joanna Macy, MASS Design Group, Gustav Metzger and London Fieldworks, Jota Mombaça, Nahum, Kumi Naidoo, Otobong Nkanga, Precious Okoyomon, Yoko Ono, The Otolith Group, Neri Oxman, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Philippe Parreno, Guiseppe Penone, Sayra Pinto, Kate Raworth, Asad Raza, Pedro Reyes, Tabita Rezaire, Kim Stanley Robinson, Giles Round, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Tomás Saraceno, Tino Sehgal, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Tai Shani, Liang Shaoji, Cosmo Sheldrake and Flora Wallace, Merlin Sheldrake, Vandana Shiva, Sin Wai Kin, Himali Singh Soin and David Soin Tappeser, Cauleen Smith, Jonas Staal, P. Staff, Superflux, Jenna Sutela, Ayesha Tan Jones, Latai Taumoepeau, terra0, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ho Tzu Nyen, Sumayya Vally, Cecilia Vicuña, Adrián Villar Rojas in collaboration with Noelia Ferretti, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vivienne Westwood, James Wines, Rose Wylie, Zadie Xa, Iffat Zafar and Raúl Zurita.
140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth is edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Kostas Stasinopoulos.
Back to Earth is curated and produced by Rebecca Lewin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jo Paton, Lucia Pietroiusti, Holly Shuttleworth and Kostas Stasinopoulos.