Radical change in how we connect to the environment

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To connect with the environment we need to connect with how it feels. I'll be talking about my work on the marine environment and food, using knowledge from science, art, culture, instinct and history to create happenings and instances that break out the border of "me" and "my environment" to create an empathic response linking what we traditionally consider to be inside and outside. I'll also be discussing how I'm open sourcing my artistic research methods to increase the reach of this approach.
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a couple of my projects which I and hoping will say son methods that I'm using and to explore our relationship to the environment and so on and to see whether there are ways that we can augment and change it for the better so my practice by artistic practice lifelong those things an environment justice communities in human relation to digital culture and Elaine data these surveillance of exploring how we know how we just a value to knowledge and how we choose options and today I'm going to talk about 2 of my projects on which somehow related this all the interest in introducing to you FIL 2 projects that addressed in different ways so 1st I'm going to discuss the work that you see on this slide and which is also exhibited upstairs on novelty and it's the coral the device and as Karen Barad says in on captioning Paris R-SAE and in differences was it is an encounter with the human the liminality amazing this in all its liveliness is conditions of impossibility that we can truly confront orange humanity that is our actions lacking compassion what if indeed we can get to be on the cognitive made of knowing and hits an emotional engagement with creatures that's not really a into us or even environment what would happen if we could really feel full and with other creatures other environments on this planet high that we share that's where the idea of radical change comes in and we're
like living sympathy with the environment until we really see let's and 2 we connect with the environments and it's it's emotionally that's 1 want things to change you you we already know a lot about the science of what's going on and the environment in LA impact up at least some of sometimes lack the motivation to make a real difference and as we all know and and as we will seen as another tilting in Republican coral is in place pathway and it's that it's an icon really is that as the destruction that we're reading on the environment and it's an iconic decline emergency and it's also matching of icon of a plastic pollution I'm I'm gonna show you a video in which is going to introduce the where the columns the device for those of you who haven't visited upstairs yet and and if you haven't visited upstairs please going try it after the talk and I had uh video will provide you with some context further and what you will experience using the current the device that will say you know what I'm going to talk to you about in the course of this lecture and it does what it says on the tin Mideast I hate to say it is the coral and the device you and the the height and what had and all that
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symbolistic algae just as on providing can control and and helps us to survive said about the keep the car alive and as we provide a high into the microorganisms that flight within and around us corals foster a diverse ecosystem under water In this coral has arrival as stewards of the underwater environment just as we humans have a role as stewards of our own we are transfixed by corals be where enriched by its diversity and that's been the subject of multiple perspectives and philosophical explorations over centuries not least because it like builds protective scaffolds around itself it acts as a standard bearer for the marine environment corals have no brain instead like the octopus it has a decentralized nervous system in this case in that's messed up with its sensory processing happening in a distributed manner and this is an interesting metaphor for us and our present days when at the digitally enabled society we are exploring once again non-hierarchical means the self-organization we're trying to find ways of creating our own decentralized systems and mesh networks to something that is important for environmentally environmental resilience as it's for social equality the column the device and which you'll know if you if you go figure had an upstairs is an intense physical experience they combined smell and vibrations and that 3 here it fell through hearing
and touch the alongside the obliteration of the visual it invites and emotional and empathic respond the I created the pieces made of conversation I had with this fascinating marine life form I was struck by the physical properties of an aversive lost 1 a denser Wester version of the other and and the fact that most is a Joey and and at the same time can be deadly to us and a to life not life that's its natural environments and what could mean more alien and yet more relatable and in this alien yet familiar familiar landscape think coral the device acts as a link between human and then and coral in water the more than that this conversation with coral the stepping into its cheese is a way of exploring Oregon boundaries and the interconnectedness of our existence all perceptions of ourselves change when we explored and the permeability of the self and it's something that is being through these 2 works but I'm gonna be talking about just as we failed to engage with climate change when it happens on a scale too big for us to see they release sites of our impermeability when it happened on a scale too small to observe the up following up was straw membranes and incrementally through our emotions throughout history we're changing and master the and being 1 of the main concepts and that shape my preach to the columns the device is thus of embodied knowledge this is the idea of doing without representing and a concepts which originates from phenomenologists and Maurice Merleau-Ponty's work it's the nation at the body knows how to act as most of us know how to ride a bicycle and we're able to do it without any deliberation there's no need to verbalize the
represents in the mind all the procedures required the the knowledge seems to be imprinted on one's body the knowing subject here is the body itself and not the mind or more precisely the knowing subject is the minded body the embodied mind this is an idea that resonates and with the decentralized nervous system now I was just discussing of coral and which is present in other marine life knowledge held not only in the brain and the in the rest of the body taking so the columns of the device of drawing heavily on the work as a Japanese contempt free phenomenologist shake it America from Tokai University Tanaka has done a good deal of work on intercrop reality in the human sphere and the idea that the body is a vehicle for of social cognition and this is something I wanted to explore and in creating the column to the device whether acting on the body directly could help us with a social cognition for different species the this is not the right and 3 these embodied interactions into subjective civil intersubjective meanings are created and directly shared between the self and the other without being mediated by mental representations this is how are embodied interaction effects on nations itself and other are empathy to knock it tells me that it's his view that it's that not only is there a duality no duality between mind and body but also not between internal and external I agree and this is something I've character into the next project that I'll be talking about indeed at its tree physically as well as philosophical membranes are permeable and skin is forests of physical boundaries are in fact a lot more diffuse then we believe them to be and the substance of our being is in constant flux for me what we consider to be our bodies is in fact a flux in a flow of matter and energy within multiple gradations which we perceive on different scales giving us the perception of boundaries it's a perceptive perspective it's also useful to apply to the human body of the is to society and institutions that we created around us the this is a really pivotal aspects is the current and the device but it's also at a pivotal aspect is the next project I wanted discusses the at which is called vital flies vital is about stage I think it is a physical
connection that we can easily perceive although we don't often conceive of it this way that shows that the relationship between we what we think of it as in science and what we think of as outside of our bodies and and it's this interrogation of the inside and the outside that I think is something that can be really useful in terms of how we relate to the environment because understanding of permeability brings us closer to what we think of normally as other the methods in vital flows are a on exploration of transdisciplinary practices the rate to a more integrated relationship between the self and other
it's the crossing of the diffuse boundaries physically and conceptually I've seen figured of the conversation between ourselves and of multiple facets of the Environment Nature nutrients society culture and meaning global system
politics and the point with this project is to look at these things from multiple perspectives perspectives of multiple Knowledge is no I need to connect emotionally with the environment but to understand the other factors that are affecting our decision making the project has 2 sides vital slaves and in the 1st I'm going to discuss is vital which comprises the processes used to explore this whole area the 1st delivery of vital flows and you will the 1st delivery to phase of the project
uh which was an undergraduate course at University College London that often sciences bachelors and in collaboration with the community in neuron and in east London near is as well known for having a crisis in the availability of healthy seed and the idea was to take these the research methods 5 developed through my artistic practice and I can amount for use by other people and it's an idea of the having seen the transformative as power of the undertaking the 3 such as myself I wanted to see for the mouth into the world and see what other people make often and so we tried it with with the they actually excellent students I was fortunate enough to have and this wonderful community in the standard and we ran a series of workshops and with these participants using methods of cultural exchange esthetic eating and DIY chemistry which is forms the choir large parts of their research in my practice of foraging foreign theater and K. design actually 1 of the most powerful and tools that seem to really kind of influence the workshop participants of the form the answer and which is that Boston right photo here and we have a strict search 3 different scenarios of an people interacting with fade from the 1st was on somebody buying like take out running you know on on behalf of buying and fading going off and and eating is there on the on the guy the 2nd was cooking for a friend he comes to visit and the set of his growing phage I'm and then taking and preparing a meal the and for a group of friends form since normally and explores it's a process where an active have list scripts and may explore different social interactions and through the 3 that play the audience intervenes and and act interpretation to what's going on in the plane and with this form theater II and II used I mean minds so we won't speaking and the reason for that was because not only were the people playing people that the people will say playing the food and the environment so what you see in this Boston right photograph is an 1 of the participants being a gardener and 1 of the participants being the other and at this juncture we stopped and we started having a discussion about how to interpret these these bodily gestures and this is a fantastic example actually of the body expressing more than you immediately think consciously because we had a really interesting discussion about why the agency lies in this dynamic say and and the room was a which kind of let's say we had a lot of people saying at the agency with the garden of the garden is getting in there and you know digging in growing and growing the plant community there is human and of course they've got more agency and and then 1 of my students said well actually I don't think it's big garden of a house the most agency because the ground is making happened down and it was a real kind of pivotal moment for a loss of the people in the workshop because we haven't explicitly discussed and non-human agency so much in the and in the course of the workshops that this is a fantastic way to kind of bring up perspectives on
of you know objects or other things that we think of as in and actually bring to bear on us in our behavior which is an important perspective when we think about and our relationship to the environment so these are the the method on the and what came out of it I'm at the at the end uh we had to co-design co-design workshops I like to incorporate K defining when I found when I run were Chalcis communities because I think that it's a really powerful tool for the allowing people to kind of assimilate knowledge and then create something new out of their promoting on their own perspectives in their own learning it and so do we have an he was really interesting is that some of the things that we didn't cover in the workshop came out there were a really important in the area they came out and the code right said we didn't touch so much on finance and in in the workshops but the 2 the TPC is on the right hand side of the screen both were looking act as financial accessability turned financial systems and the piece on the bottom left is a kind of mock ups and citizen science DIY science uh experimental space which is looking at the availability of uh of nutrients nutritious treats it fades people comparing and the quite pricey 650 combines the market with us at the the you can forage in the wild so those the array nice kind synthesis happening and with the workshop participants of they're kind of the different methods that we used to look at the age and and to look if it is a conduit to understanding our relationship 90 with the what you could call natural environment also you with the systems that affects the choices that were making and a bit is feedback from
this 1st iteration of the project and this is my absolute favorite right I now connect with my student experience if you think my full sentences and this is from internet as 16 old workshop participants and a couple of other ones are it maybe know what the treatable and once the poisonous and foraging and I eat more healthily and understand what the
comes from so we got quite nice sort of on the change in perspective as the tools and can discover what I what I've already said and I'm putting these up online as a a DIY spectral said that With designed for and the testing of micronutrients using the DRI chemistry principles that he's 1 of which is seen on him and there's sensory thing practices to workshops street diaries and extractions of point 3 nutrients as I say the forum theater scripts and that's all going up and
creative Commons on this website and it's still being added T and because I am just finish the project and buys the sum of us going to become complete and then and I'm going to be giving 1 of the workshops at the long life sciences at the German Patent Office at the end of gene if you want to become an experience and from this
project i'll say created to more traditional less of an intervention and 1 of which is a series looking at the US even all assessors isolation of features and which turns it more into an object unless the uh thing with which we have a relationship and the the cool part cards and opposing intervention in central London over the course of this February and where I place them next to the more traditional type of talk on this anyone's familiar with London you would have seen this these it in London from the late eighties onwards uh of call girls and showing their wares and finally
there is uh if we have some 2 handouts I think as the to look at the sensual eating paladins which said which are present to taken hold and touch uh as URI thing and I'm going to finish with a whole and uh on which the text of essentially concomitant of base despite the H. Lawrence as called the mystic they call all experience of the senses mystic when the experience is considered so apple becomes mistake when I taste it in the summer and the the wild wild through the and the instance of the sun all of which things I can share taste in a good article based on apples taste preponderantly of water wax sour and some if too much sun break suites like begin water that has been too much sound if I say I these things in an apple I'm called mystic which means a lot the anyway to eat Annapolis the whole get down like a pagan takes nothing if Israel but if I need people I like teacher with all of my senses awake hugging it down like a pig I call the feeding of corpses and with that I would like to thank you for your attention and our mining many thanks to the people who supported this work these 2 works as the last 3 years and thank you if we have time for questions I'm not sure but I very happy to take them and why
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