Calculative Environments: Wood Roberdeau

Wood Roberdeau, Cohabiting the Microcosm and Macrocosm

In the face of looming environmental catastrophe, practices of nature conservation, preservation and ecological restoration are increasingly using new systems of measurement and prediction. Each session will consider how such instruments - through competing logics of preservation, conservation, value, and profit - actively shape the environments they seek to protect, with required reading being given out in advance. By reading and discussing the subtleties of how these systems and technologies work, we will work through a range of problems in how everyday distinctions are drawn between nature and culture, human and animal, living and inert. Join discussions and read about issues of biodiversity, extinction, computation, and ecological finance.

This session attends to the question of eco-aesthetic ‘scale effects’. How does the world or reality (environment) make itself known to us and us to it (ecologically)? We will consider this question by looking at how things manifest and how appearances become nuanced. Human capacity for calculation, measurement, and translation will be compared and contrasted with the phenomenal earth and our participation with 'others' in the Umwelt.


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The current season is programmed by Theo Reeves-Evison, Birmingham City University.

Wood Roberdeau is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he also co-leads the Critical Ecologies research stream, which addresses what is at stake in ecological crises of the twenty-first century that raises specific areas of concern for the arts, humanities, and cultural production.

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