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Evangelia Argyrou - Reinterpreting Stereotypes

Evangelia Argyrou

My research explores the concept of stereotypes as a process linked to the transformation and the production of space, as a strategy and tactic to generate value and to solidify a political or social condition. It analyses signs, representations and repetitive practices in the Aegean Archipelago, human conflicts and the act of inhabiting, as a means to delve into its current condition. The Greek society is ‘in becoming’ unveiling the antinomies and tensions inherent in the coexistence of potential economic development and nostalgia-driven models, it is a platform where multiple desires, expectations and forces clash, and where an icon is constructed and deconstructed at the same time.

Henry Bradley - Managed Imaginaries: A Crisis of Anticipation

Henry Bradley

My practice is located at the intersection of cinema, theatre and performance art. My current research has followed processes of live rehearsal as they continue to move from theatre into contemporary forms of preparation for future events. Although used most evidently within medical and military fields, the phenomena of simulation and virtuality are increasingly found within a range of more intimate moments in both public and private sectors. Exploring these moments of preparation, a series of pressures, imaginaries, policies and desires begin to emerge, as the subject or event becomes constructed through various forms of capitalist-pedagogy. 

 

Sebastian Clark - Earth-Writing

Sebastian Clark

My research examines geography as a discipline in image-making. After all, geography means ‘earth-writing’: it is the written practice of interpreting and imagining the Earth and its natural processes. As is evidenced by its historical implication in colonial networks of power, geography is never apolitical. Writing (or depicting) earth always determines how the Earth’s surface is written upon, inscribed by patterns of land use and systems of property. My investigations proceed from the belief that today’s political and ecological quagmire stems from the failure of geography to conjure adequate words and images: a failure to make the dire state of the Earth legible. In pursuit of a new environmentalism, I examine modes of earth-writing that can, in accord with Michel Serres’ philosophy, draw up a natural contract: visualising invisible processes of violence and establishing alternative forms of coexistence. In my reappraisal of geography as a creative discipline, I explore histories of technology and urban form as well as document contemporary land struggles.

Sami Hammana - Geofinance: Spatial-material Derivatives

Sami Hammana

The 2007-2008 financial crisis unfolded several narratives of how capital-power restructures society, but one thing in particular sticks out, namely that the derivative market holds more wealth than the combined GDP of all nation states on earth. Does this mean that the derivative market’s influence and reach surpasses the Westphalian understanding of nation state sovereignty? And moreover, what does this mean in a time where the conditions of the Anthropocene and climate politics are ever more pertinent? If this is true then the actual restructuring powers will not be within nation states anymore, but rather in the derivative market itself, thus contradicting the commonplace argument that derivative finance is ‘immaterial’. This project suggests that derivatives have material and actual spatial ramifications, rendering finance as having a spatial materialist ontology and effectively positioning derivative finance as a key player in the Anthropocene.

Linda Kinstler - Memory After Forensics

Linda Kinstler

My research explores the memorial techniques applied to sites of atrocity in Eastern Europe, particularly sites of forensic interest, with the aim of probing how forensic researchers approach the delicate 'topography of terror'. My work will focus on Babi Yar, outside Kiev, Ukraine, specifically, investigating the history of archaeological erasure and violence that still haunt the soil of the former ravine. My research questions how the digital turn in forensic aesthetics alters the practice of memorialization, and how techniques like virtual and augmented reality have been mobilized for investigative, memorial, and archaeological ends.

Fadi Mansour - Dream Land / the techno-engineered restitution of a disfigured landscape

Fadi Mansour

My research explores the libidinal and financial dimensions of the construction of new territories created by accumulations of waste landfill in areas of conflict. I will explore these sites as examples of an on-going post-traumatic condition following the disfiguration of a landscape. In Lebanon, the prolonged waste management crisis permeates the familiar surroundings with a lingering toxicity. Vast amounts of municipal solid waste piled up at street corners, stored along riverbeds, hidden and dumped in forests, valleys and seashores, become the embodiment of environmental destruction. If the material destruction of war impacts upon buildings and cities, the trash crisis takes a hold of what has been seemingly spared: the air, water and soil. Land reclamation becomes a project of restitution, looking towards the clear horizon and turning away from the disfigured landscape. But this new land, engineered from the transformation of waste landfill, increases the level of toxicity by infiltrating the soil and groundwater while increasing air pollution. 

Rosa Rogina - Croatian Landmine Crisis: Environmental Harm in Delay

Rosa Rogina

My research explores implications of humanitarian demining and land management in post-conflict Croatia. Utilising Andrew Barry’s exploration into material politics, this project will approach the demined soil from the area not as an isolated material but as a part of “dynamic, informed assemblages”. Combining research from the fields of demining, biology and social sciences will play a critical part in arguing that the processes of mine clearance serves to construct a new temporality of violence within the local environment. Using the case of the Croatian War of Independence in the early nineties, this project will aim to develop new aesthetic tools and ways of mapping the environmental violence of demining. In constructing this extended temporal framework of the conflict, I will challenge the issue of who should be accountable for the damage caused.

Eeva Sarlin - The New Nokia: Futurities of Mining in Finnish Lapland

Eeva Sarlin

My research looks at mining in Finnish Lapland and the so-called new Nokia as identified by the President of Finland. As global mineral resources become scarcer, the formerly postcolonial practices of extraction seep into the western world. Finland, a developed European country actively embraces this development as it has huge mineral wealth and amongst the lowest effective taxations on mining internationally. Using Rob Nixon’s notion of slow violence, I am exploring the extent of mining and the environmental destruction caused by the new Nokia. The focus is on the Kittilä Suurikuusikko mine - the biggest gold mine in Europe, operated by a Canadian mining company.

 

Solveig Suess - Alibis and Aliens

Solveig Suess

My research finds its urgencies through the various cosmologies which co-construct global supply-chains, weighed by their deeper times of development and imperialism. I’m currently inquiring into the New Silk Road, where it was Hewlett-Packard who had initiated negotiations for the construction of the alternate rail route ‘defined not only according to business logic, but also with a certain strategic calculation’. Here, mechanisms of modulation and forecasting are central drivers for violent re-organisations of geographies; where control over time and motion is calculated to serve a desire of unhinged flow for some and increased regulation for others. My practice has been a pattern-making of both documentary and imaginary counter-narratives, which instead looks at how seemingly disparate sequences collude together into unsettling these streamlined operations and imagining alternative futurities of worlds, however temporary. 

Leonie Weber - Para-sites or Common Toxicity: The Marginalization of People, Soil and other Entities in the Urban

Leonie Weber

With the disappearance of the outside and the acknowledgement of ubiquitous entanglement we must rethink our understanding of mutuality. Reciprocity is multi-dimensional and relationships are not necessarily apparent. The intangibility of interconnectedness exceeds scales of time, location and space perceivable to individuals and societies. By using the different meanings of para- as a vantage point I investigate three fields: empathy, toxicity and architectural activism. I aim to discover how the marginalization of entities in the urban context are exposed to similar dynamics, and in return how their juxtaposition might offer a different perspective on precarity and the organisation of space. Drawing on my involvement with various architectural and activist situations, I aim to present concurrencies of marginalized people and soils entangled through different modes of toxicity. The ecology of soils is irreparably altered and contaminated. Thus we have to abandon the belief in recovering a pure past in our future. Ecological toxicity is our new – or continuous – ground.

Oren Ziv - The Facebook Prisoners

Oren Ziv

My research focuses on the Israeli use of social media in order to arrest, prosecute and jail Palestinians in the West Bank and within Israel. I am investigating how data and algorithms become part of the policing methods used against Palestinians, and how this connects to the translation and reading of images and text that they post on social media. Whilst some Israeli security experts claim that social media can create a new model to locate and control ‘incitement’, I argue that that there is a direct line between classic policing methods used in the occupation territories, and the tactics used today to bring charges of ‘incitement’ against Palestinians for online activity. 
In considering the ways the authorities ‘read and translate’ Palestinian social media posts, I would argue that the algorithm, the policemen, the judge, and the prosecutor all affect the way in which cases are being processed; creating a framework that allows almost any Palestinian activity on social media to be determined ‘incitement’. In my field research, I interview, photograph and film Palestinians (and one Israeli) that were arrested for their social media activism, asking them to re-read the words that led to their arrest.