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Title: Geo-speculating with a hyperaccumulator: A former mine in North-Rhein Westfalia from the viewpoint of a Arabidopsis Halleri
Authors: Gatto, Gionata
Keywords: Geo-speculating
Multispecies ethnography
Speculative design
Agency
Sensing technology
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © The Authors published by STS Italia Publishing
Citation: GATTO, G., 2017. Geo-speculating with a hyperaccumulator: A former mine in North-Rhein Westfalia from the viewpoint of a Arabidopsis Haller. IN: Crabu, S. ...et al. (eds.) 6th STS Italia Conference: Sociotechnical Environments, Trento, Italy, 24-26th November.
Abstract: This paper considers a series of field-work activities conducted at the intersection of three main subjects: a speculative design installation, a plant ecotype of the hyperaccumulator Arabidopsis Halleri and a heavy metalcontaminated site located in North-Rhein Westfalia, Germany. The paper offers a “geo-speculative” (Gabrys, 2016, p. 139) account of a brownfield, considering how vegetal agency might open onto alternative opportunities of becoming for a polluted territory. At the core of this work is the question of how an empirical approach towards research in multispecies environments allows for a transdisciplinary mode of site-writing and can be used as ground for speculating about the future of a land. Ultimately, while reflecting on the imbroglio of scientific, ecological and speculative elements explored during the research, this work proposes that a science-informed “act of viewing” vegetal life (Gabrys, 2012) can support the exploration of more than-human functions and motivate the emergence of speculative processes associated with past and futures of an anthropized environment.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26355
Publisher Link: http://www.stsitalia.org/conferences/ocs/index.php/STSIC/STE
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