Ecocritique between Landscape and Data: The Environmental Audiotour

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Abstract

What form of ecocritique emerges from reading and writing with landscapes, cityscapes, and their environmental entanglement with art methods? This article articulates one an approach to storytelling with data and urban landscapes as we respond to some of the key debates in recent critical data studies and the broader context of electronic literature about the situatedness of digital infrastructures. This manner of ecocritique works with such modes of sensing and thus data that come to feature questions of materiality as their central element. The article focuses on our recently released Environmental Audiotour (https://helsinkibiennaali.fi/en/event/critical-environmental-data-the-environmental-audiotour/ ), commissioned as part of Helsinki Biennial 2023, as an example of current artistic and curatorial practices expanding the repertoire of ecocriticism. This text functions both as a research article that features three selected episodes from the Audiotour as samples of our creative work together with a short version of a film, Saaret, produced as part of the Critical Environmental Data project in Helsinki. We do not focus on specific passages or sections of the Audiotour in detail as our aim is not to do a close-reading of the work itself. Instead, we explicate the context of production of the project in ways that build an argument about the expanded notions of environmental sensing and data that come to the fore in the curatorial context and its links to digital poetics too.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftElectronic Book Review
ISSN1553-1139
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2024

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