How can art, design and events contribute to redrawing maps differently to represent comings and goings, meetings and partings, in order register essential actions that incubate sociality?
How can we delicately probe environments in order to dislocate and then relocate our thinking about location? And how can we probe climes to critically recalibrate tempo and tempus?
How can we free our senses to occupy landscapes differently, not as distanced passive spectators but as immersed mobile bodies, creatively endowing our inherited environments and despoiled shores to uncover more transversal dialogues and meaning?
The intentions of the 5-day international symposium and workshop, Intervening in the Anthropo[s]cene, were to explore and propose more meaningful understandings of landscapes – too often presented as distanced, picturesque and apolitical – as harbouring profoundly sonic, tactile, redolent and flavourful qualities. However, while they resonate with their own ancient spatiotemporal qualities, landscapes are more and more affected by recent histories to a point where human activities are now significantly impacting on the Earth’s ecosystems. This topical notion of the anthropocene requires we participate through greater immersive and sensory engagement with our natural environment rather than via the spectacle of a distanced vista: mindful of the part we play within the multiple and fragile ecologies of our lived world: minimizing the binary opposition between nature and culture and acknowledging that landscapes are a fabricated environments and significant public space. The fleeting event becomes a research tool for testing potential engagements between technology and geography, data and substance, intellect and perception, art events and the landscape as an event. This gathering adopts a tangential and critical approach to design by regarding the landscape as gallery, laboratory, and collaborator, thereby undertaking a form of creative acupuncture as performative intervention.
Intervening in the Anthropo[s]cene (29 June – 3 July, 2016), organized by the PSi Performance+Design working group (PSi_P+DWG), was a global warm-up to PSi#22 Performance Climates.
UTAS Creative Exchange Institute hosted the event in Hobart, Tasmania.
Outcomes of the collaborative workshop were performatively shared at PSi#22 during the PSi_P+DWG session.ormatively shared at PSi#22 during the PSi_P+DWG session.