Operation 'Hello Eden'
Bracket 2, Goes Soft
edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Lola Sheppard
Buy: Actar (2015)
Benjamin Bratton, Julia Czerniak, Jeffrey Inaba, Geoff Manaugh, Philippe Rahm, Charles Renfro
[Soft] refers to responsive, indeterminate, flexible, and immaterial systems that operate through feeback, organization and resilience. These complex systems transform through time to acknowledge shifting and indeterminate situations - characteristics that are evident both in the dynamics of contemporary society and the natural environment.
Since the 1970s, our planetary environment has been characterized as being in a state of crisis so profound as to challenge our very survival. NASA's release of the Apollo's images of Earth from space galvanized fear of impending environmental doom due to nuclear warfare, overpopulation, and pollution. Today, this sense of crisis has shifted away from destruction by military means towards economic causes that have instigated environmental transformations. The fear of instant destruction has been replaced with a sense of chronic environmental weakening exemplified by localized system failures. Instead of acting as protagonist, the modern military has increasingly been responsible for responding to environmental crisis. This role of the military in reacting to environmental crisis is projected to increase in the future as climate change alters the predicted parameters of ecological systems, resulting in the failure of infrastructural systems upon which they are built or vice versa. If it is recognized that ecological failure will often require military intervention, then it can be argued that preemptive ecological action is a legitimate military pursuit.