Re-imagining utopias: The bat/human project

Armstrong, Keith (2014) Re-imagining utopias: The bat/human project. Leonardo, 47(3), pp. 282-285.

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Abstract

The making of the modern world has long been fuelled by utopian images that are blind to ecologi- cal reality. Botanical gardens are but one example – who typically portray themselves as miniature, isolated 'edens on earth', whereas they are now in many cases self-evidently also the vital ‘lungs’ of crowded cities, as well as critical habitats for threat- ened biodiversity. In 2010 the 'Remnant Emergency Art lab' set out to question utopian thinking through a creative provocation called the 'Botanical Gardens ‘X-Tension’ - an imagined city-wide, distributed, network of 'ecological gardens' suited to both bat and human needs, in order to ask, what now needs to be better understood, connected and therefore ultimately conserved.

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ID Code: 56741
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Art, Ecology, Chiroptera, Environmental Activism, Social Change, Grey Headed Flying Foxes, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Remnant Emergency Artlab
DOI: 10.1162/LEON_a_00782
ISBN: 9787112148288
ISSN: 1530-9282
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Environmental Philosophy (220303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 MIT Press
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2013 22:31
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 05:08

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