Re-imagining static Utopias : unraveling the bat/human problem

Armstrong, Keith M. (2012) Re-imagining static Utopias : unraveling the bat/human problem. In Art and Science : Thesis Collection of the 3rd Art & Science International Symposum [第三届艺术与科学国际学术研讨会论文集]. China Architecture and Building Press [中國建築工業出版社], Beijing, pp. 38-47.

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The making of the modern world has long been fuelled by utopian images that are blind to ecological reality. Botanical gardens are but one example – who typically portray themselves as miniature, isolated 'edens on earth'. Whilst respected, heritage-laden institutions such as the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia promote such an idealised image they are now self-evidently also the vital ‘lungs’ of a crowded city as well as a critical habitats for threatened biodiversity (in this case notably flying foxes). In 2010 the 'Remnant Emergency Artlab' set out to alleviate this utopian hangover through a creative provocation called the 'Botanical Gardens ‘X-Tension’ - an imagined city-wide, distributed, network of 'ecological gardens' - in order to ask, what now needs to be better understood, connected and therefore ultimately conserved?

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ID Code: 43470
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Chinese title: 第三届艺术与科学国际学术研讨会论文集
Editor: 李政道, 冯远
Keywords: Art and Sustainability, Art and Environment, Media Art, Social Activism, Ecosophy
ISBN: 9787112148288
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Keith M. Armstrong
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2011 22:44
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 09:30

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