WILD POETHICS - Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making
Doktorsavhandling, 2017

Nature is not something separated from the city. With this in mind, this research emerges from the act of urban gardening, staging space for naturecultures that reinforce a direct relation to an urban nature. Alternate agencies can motivate ecological mindsets in urban approaches, bypass the hegemonic and paralysing attitude of the Anthropocene and render a more profound relation with the spatial environment. This catalyses a potential in embodied methodologies to generate vibrant materialist relations in urban-making.   The research is positioned with a two-fold challenge; urban-making and naturecultures. The aim is to reorientate methodologies in urban-making to approach relational space matters, and promote ecological poethics relevant for practice, research and education. Three thresholds of engagement structure the exploration: the embodied, the relational and the situated. Alongside explorative practices are built up cartographies of theoretical neighbourhoods that provide alternate knowledge generation on individual, shared and collective levels. Experimental embodied interventions are grounded in artistic research through choreographical approaches using Butoh, Body Weather and swarm-behaviour practices. These approaches are set in a voyage-metaphor to a fictional Island of Encounters reaching four destinations. Each encounter unravels a particular perspective into relational and embodied practice: Alba (body/curiosity), Agora (fiction/performance), Clinamen (atmosphere/imagination), and Plūris (metaphor/swarming). A methodological choreography which corresponds with the theoretical cartographies, reveals and opens up for an urban-making founded in situated knowledges to generate a corporeal poethics – poetic, politic, and ethical. As the activated practice unfolds, interventions are supported by their theoretical neighbourhoods nested in feminist spatial practice, vibrant relationscapes, worlding, affective atmospheres, imagination, spatial-temporal in-betweeness and assemblage-thinking. Accompanying each destination are five film essay(s), each pertaining to the particular artistic interventions in the research. Using corporeal imagination and re-enactment modes of enquiry such as thinking with paper modelled texts, creating fictocriticisms with clouds, using dynamic biomimesis, and mimicking swarms, generates an enlivened relation with naturecultures that gestures the body into becoming a reflective and profound membrane with space. By encountering and immersing the body in a space/time construct, a critical materiality practice emerges that can infuse urban-making, render the body a more refined medium and reactivate architectural thinking and making.

artistic research

naturecultures

affective atmospheres

urban-making

embodied methodology

poethics

imagination

critical spatial feminist practice

relational assemblages

choreography

Författare

Anna Maria Orru

A Forskarutbildning

Extracting Urban Food Potential: design-based methods for digital and bodily cartography

Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society,; Vol. 3(2015)p. 48-62

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PARSE Conference: The 1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference on TIME , Nov 4-6 2015, Göteborg SE,; (2015)p. 20-

Paper i proceeding

‘Foodprints’ - a project investigating the role of Artistic and Design-based research within urban agriculture

conference proceedings,; (2012)

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

Alternative Foodscapes: The potential of food in sustainable urban development through an increase in organoleptic quality and social cohesion

IV EUGEO Congress Conference,; (2013)

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

CO-MAPPING: The Sustainable Compact and Green City

IGU Urban Commission Conference,; (2014)

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Styrkeområden

Building Futures

Ämneskategorier

HUMANIORA

Övrig annan humaniora

Arkitektur

Teatervetenskap

Kulturgeografi

ISBN

978-91-7597-616-7

Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola. Ny serie: 4297

Utgivare

Chalmers tekniska högskola