Amanda Boetzkes is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph. Her research and publications focus on the intersection of visual and creative practices with the biological sciences (particularly ecology and neurology).
Her first book, The Ethics of Earth Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), considers the development of the earth art movement, focusing on how ecology transitioned from a scientific discourse to a domain of ethical and aesthetic concern. She is co-editor, with Aron Vinegar, of Heidegger and the Work of Art History (Ashgate Press, 2014). Her upcoming book, Plastic Capitalism:Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019), examines the interplay between the aesthetics of contemporary art, global systems of energy-use, and the life cycle of garbage. Her upcoming book project, Ecologicity: Vision and Art for A World to Come analyzes the aesthetic and perceptual dimensions of imagining the ecological condition. Other areas of research and publication include: currency, economic exchange and the concept of value; theories of consciousness and perception, specifically ecological perception and neuroplasticity; art and visual culture that problematizes the ontological and political status of animal species; phenomenology and art historiography; art of the American counterculture; landscape art and aesthetics from the 18th century to the present.
Amanda Boetzkes lives in Toronto, Canada.