Investigative Arts as Grassroots Empowerment to Environmental Research: the Cases of Taming the Forest and xMobilPeter Purg
, 2023, unpublished conference contribution
Abstract: In the current state of multiple and repeating planetary-scale crises, ranging from climate disasters to resource mismanagement, the complexity of problems often takes humanity into exploring unknown unknowns. Through a gradual consolidation of networks and platforms across realms of education, economy and both NGO as well as public cultural institutions, it is especially the media-artistic practice (and discourse!) of the investigative kind that trailblazes possible itineraries and develops (at least speculative) toolbelts for venturing into any kind of livable future, possibly such that might surpass the aporia of the anthropocene and find a new way of making (up to) kin.
The selected project cases depict two possible strategic approaches lending well to grassroots initiatives, even if both are embedded within either wide-ranging multi-million supported (structural) platform endeavors, or trans-national programmes such as the European Capital of Culture.
An ongoing collaborative process between art and science, Taming the Forest (2022-) is being implemented by a group of students, artists and researchers charting an interdisciplinary cross-field among bioeconomy, cultural history, policy, and art(ivism). Researching the conflicting narratives of history and economy about biodiversity in general, and specifically on forests, the project brought about several public formats such as lectures, video installations and AV performances. The project-as-process shows how different blends of methodologies in artistic-cum-scientific research can become truly relevant for both of their respective realms, opening new creative pathways and pedagogical registers, while repeatedly returning to the local (forest). Moreover, Taming the Forest manifests the need for a new sensibility and complex knowledge, moving beyond the objective study and becoming attentive to different dimensions of research and its outputs that emerge through the introduction of Art Thinking. This becomes crucial in order to tackle the manifold big-scale problems such as climate and biodiversity crises which call for both acting decisively and transforming radically, above all in regards to how we perceive, relate to and manage forests.
xMobil (2021-) is a multi-stakeholder prototype development process of a mobile laboratory in a solar-powered car trailer, assembled mostly of salvaged technology parts and reused materials, geared for investigative-art and DIY/DIWO-workshop applications. Empowering creativity and innovation in off-grid public and remote locations, and promoting autonomous art-science practices as well as creative-community projects, particularly in the realm of environmentalism, it combines the work of artists, designers, architects, researchers and engineers who act as mentors to both students and non-formal learners coming from diverse educational programs, both formal and non-formal. xMobil was conceived by a community of developers and future users representing highly diverse sectors, from industry, independent arts production, natural sciences and education (teachers and students), to activism, and even local governance or cultural policy.
The contribution will eventually raise the issue of visibility, sustainability and preservation of such transitory projects or platforms, where artistic(-cum-scientific) works are based on grassroots research and experimentation, examining their methodological approach as well as their topic-setting as regards the limits of growth, and not least discussing their costs to social and natural ecosystems, increasingly permeated by technology.
Keywords: art thinking, ecology, bioeconomy, DIY, autonomy, art and science
Published in RUNG: 25.09.2023; Views: 292; Downloads: 0
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Her and Me becoming Three : Simultaneous global Live Art event 'Be-coming Tree'Peter Purg
, O. Pen Be
, Danielle Imara
, Jatun Risba
, other performed works
Abstract: The Live Art event that happened world-wide and was live streamed, on Saturday 31st of October 2020 between 10-11 am GMT. Artists in different countries communed simultaneously with a local tree or woodland and stream their action to audiences via a shared Zoom conference.
Presenting work by and from:
O. Pen Be (UK), Danielle Imara (UK), Jatun Risba (SLO), Anne Murray (HUN), Surya Tüchler (DE), Phil Barton (UK), Annette Arlander (FIN), Izabela Waszak (SCT), Lucy Stockton-Smith (UK), Agathe Gizard (FR), Lea Jazbec (SLO), Franco G. Livera (ITA), Adam Engler(PT), Myriam Aitelhara (ALG), Emi Bici (DE), Peter Purg (SLO), Dimple B Shah (IND), Deej Fabyc & MJ Forde (IRL), Christine Fentz (FR), Sally Annett (FR).
Keywords: live art, performance, ecology, media, stream
Published in RUNG: 19.11.2020; Views: 2323; Downloads: 0
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EFFECTS OF POTENTIAL CLIMATE CHANGES ON THE BEHAVIOUR, FEEDING RATE AND REPRODUCTION OF SELECTED SOIL INVERTEBRATESNijat Rahimli
, 2018, master's thesis
Abstract: As a consequence of global climate change, the biodiversity of soil invertebrates is impacted. Elevated temperatures and moisture alterations in soil have deleterious effects on soil invertebrates. These organisms are important bioindicators of changes in soil ecosystems. Therefore, we investigated the effect of soil moisture, as potential impacts of climate change, on the behaviour, feeding rate and reproduction rates of two soil invertebrate species: woodlice (Porcellio scaber) and earthworms (Eisenia andrei) in laboratory experiments. Our results indicate that soil invertebrates are highly sensitive to desiccation. The feeding activity of woodlice and the reproduction rate of earthworms are likely dependent on soil moisture.
Keywords: Climate change, Soil invertebrates, Soil ecology, Isopods, Earthworms
Published in RUNG: 14.02.2018; Views: 4309; Downloads: 222
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IDEATE: a serious interplay of disciplines and culturesPeter Purg
, 2016, published scientific conference contribution abstract
Abstract: Based on both quantitative and qualitative findings after two course runs in 2015 and 2016, the article will evaluate key
aspects of the IDEATE.me entrepreneurship workshop model – as serious play. In the IDEATE course university students from
four different countries and disciplines respond together to a contemporary challenge of global social significance,
eventually presenting a full product or service prototype. As a media-technology supported ecosystem, the blendedlearning
pedagogy offers space for particular gamification strategies, such as social and narrative suspense, win-win
oriented competition, conceptual way-finding, new-territory mapping etc. Seeking balance between own disciplinary
autonomy and exploring new roles, the students of IDEATE play along to navigate intercultural and interdisciplinary
environments, permeated by new electronic media – but still relying on body-in-space. Addressing teachers and university
managers, the entrepreneurial pedagogy of IDEATE will unfold on the background of the "eculog" paradigm (M. Giesecke),
suggesting a timely understanding of interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, pedagogy, new media, media ecology, eculog
Published in RUNG: 24.06.2016; Views: 4273; Downloads: 0
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Changes in the relative abundance of two Saccharomyces species from oak forests to wine fermentationsSofia Dashko
, Ping Liu
, Helena Volk
, Lorena Butinar
, Jure Piškur
, Justin C. Fay
, 2016, original scientific article
Abstract: Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its sibling species S. paradoxus are known to inhabit temperate arboreal habitats across the globe. Despite their sympatric distribution in the wild, S. cerevisiae is predominantly associated with human fermentations. The apparent ecological differentiation of these species is particularly striking in Europe where S. paradoxus is abundant in forests and S. cerevisiae is abundant in vineyards. However, ecological differences may be confounded with geographic differences in species abundance. To compare the distribution and abundance of these two species we isolated Saccharomyces strains from over 1,200 samples taken from vineyard and forest habitats in Slovenia. We isolated numerous strains of S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus as well as small number of S. kudriavzevii strains from both vineyard and forest environments. We find S. cerevisiae less abundant than S. paradoxus on oak trees both within and outside the vineyard, but more abundant on grapevines and associated substrates. Analysis of the uncultured microbiome shows that both S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus are rare species in soil and bark samples, but can be much more common in grape must. In contrast to S. paradoxus, European strains of S. cerevisiae have acquired multiple traits thought to be important for life in the vineyard and dominance of wine fermentations. We conclude that S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus currently share both vineyard and non-vineyard habitats in Slovenia and we discuss factors relevant to their global distribution and relative abundance.
Keywords: Wine, microbiome, yeast, Ecology, Fermentation
Published in RUNG: 12.02.2016; Views: 5260; Downloads: 198
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