Imagine the Anthropocene with a Little Help from the Monster in You…

November 23rd, 2014

How can monstrous occurances help us to sense and imagine the sublime?

Monsters are necessary, and helpful, to help us reveal and imagine the strangeness of the present. Monstrous occurrences rely on a visual translation to make the sublime tangible. In the effects of the shudder and the awe, we begin to feel and sense something that otherwise might remain abstract and distant to us. One can begin to trace a tradition of projecting these abstract conditions and circumstances with the help of monsters. The creation of monsters can be understood as an established and successful cultural technique—below are two quite different examples.