PRINT April 1991


I'll send an SOS to the world

I'll send an SOS to the world

I hope that someone gets my

I hope that someone gets my

I hope that someone gets my

Message in a bottle


We’ve got the message. The bitter fruit of the technological age is ecological disaster. It has been a speedy and global collapse. And, as many would have it, it has become art’s new moral content. The green approach pulls the plug on the cool reflective screen of culture crit and takes us “back to nature” in a big way. Designed to reveal our folly and our fate, the belated homecoming is bittersweet. Forget theory. Green art’s nature is neither commodity nor code nor concept. Get this: it is (gulp) real—and the real is on the verge of extinction.1 Assuming the missionary position, green art preaches to the infidel and the converted alike. As the voice of (our) conscience, its moral imperative is to save the soul of the

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