The politics and poetics of coexistence : experiments at the intersection of art and environmental engineering

Brain, Tega Carly (2012) The politics and poetics of coexistence : experiments at the intersection of art and environmental engineering. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research project explores how interdisciplinary art practices can provide ways for questioning and envisaging alternative modes of coexistence between humans and the non-humans who together, make up the environment. As a practiceled project, it combines a body of creative work (50%) and this exegesis (50%). My interdisciplinary artistic practice appropriates methods and processes from science and engineering and merges them into artistic contexts for critical and poetic ends.

By blending pseudo-scientific experimentation with creative strategies like visual fiction, humour, absurd public performance and scripted audience participation, my work engages with a range of debates around ecology. This exegesis details the interplay between critical theory relating to these debates, the work of other creative practitioners and my own evolving artistic practice. Through utilising methods and processes drawn from my prior career in water engineering, I present an interdisciplinary synthesis that seeks to promote improved understandings of the causes and consequences of our ecological actions and inactions.

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ID Code: 61027
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Armstrong, Keith & Stevens, Grant
Keywords: art, practice-led research, environment, ecology, interdisciplinary, science, engineering, culture, media art, speculative design, critical design, sculpture, installation, video art, performance, collaboration, visualisation, information, experiment, data, visualisation, interactivity, hybrid, pseudo science, biodiversity, water, grey-water, electricity, energy, Bruno Latour, Natalie Jeremijenko
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2013 00:39
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:21

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