Dreaming in the Anthropocene

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Photographs by Chris Corson-Scott
Words by Chris Holdaway, design by Elliot Wade Ferguson

Published June 2017, edition of 250
ISBN 978-0-9941123-7-8

“Sometimes knowledge is paralysing, like the idea that even if all carbon emissions miraculously dropped to zero tomorrow, an unavoidable 2°C global temperature rise is already locked in—enough to trigger runaway climate change. Your small town is slowly drained of everything that once brought it to life, & sometimes things are so hopeless you can’t even manage to be hopeless.”

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A collaboration between photographer Chris Corson-Scott & poet Chris Holdaway.

Intense photographs, lyrical essay, & elegiac poetry combine to chart the artists’ trek through fading dreams of New Zealand’s industrial heritage. Human material endeavours threaten to send the planet into an uninhabitable death-spiral; manufacturing towns once bustling with life are discarded like the consumer goods they once produced—: “Far from an enlightened response to material exploitation, our unimaginative flight from former rural centres & industrial towns is in fact the same inability to conceive an adequate response to climate change & the Anthropocene.”

This book was produced to accompany the exhibition Dreaming in the Anthropocene, which ran at Trish Clark Gallery, June 13–July 29, 2017.

Chris Corson-Scott is an artist from Auckland, New Zealand. His work was included in The Devil’s Blind Spot: Recent Strategies in New Zealand Photography (2016–17) at Christchurch Art Gallery, & is in collections including: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Chartwell Collection, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. With Edward Hanfling he is the co-author of Pictures They want to Make : Recent Auckland Photography.

Chris Holdaway is a poet & editor from Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of HIGH-TENSION/FASHION (Greying Ghost, 2017), & directs Compound Press. He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, and his MA(Hons) in linguistics from the University of Auckland. His work has been published in Cordite, Cream City Review, The Seattle Review, & Southerly, among others.