Storytelling beyond the anthropocene : a quest through the crises of ecocide toward new ecological paradigms

Nelson, Ilka Blue (2013) Storytelling beyond the anthropocene : a quest through the crises of ecocide toward new ecological paradigms. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

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This project is a passionate and sometimes enraged thrust toward a biodiverse future. Weaving stories with deep thinking beyond the limits of the anthropocene, I am trying to recall myself in a more-than-human world.

Our planet is suffering human induced ecocide which is a global crisis threatening the existence of multiple life forms. The alchemical mix of storytelling and ecological thinking could be part remedy for humanity's adaptation: a transformational mix to re-pattern the crisis into an opportunity and shift anthropocentric structures toward networks of dynamic relationships.

The purpose of this project is to explore this cultural remedy. This is a quest, a search for tools that can germinate the hypothesis: storytelling in relation to ecological thinking manifests human potential in a more-than-human world.

The practice-led research is guided by the philosophy and practice of Mythology, Deep ecology and Transdisciplinarity. Further navigation is sourced from Systems Thinking, Indigenous Methodologies, Biomimicry, and Quantum Physics. The journey unfolds by reawakening the Artist's function as caretaker of Mythology and pattern inciter for the collective.

The resounding discovery of this adventure is Quantum Narratives: a storytelling tool for today's world, a method to connect multiple ways of knowing and diverse languages with the purpose of engaging, relating and working with living knowledge. Quantum Narratives are used to test the field study research into the Future of Water in context of Coal Seam Gas Mining in the Murray-Darling Basin and to materialise the collaborative results as the Water Stories.

This thesis is a Living Script, full of imagination and complexity. Within its folds are strategies for systemic change ready to be adapted by policy and planning brokers and those who hold power for widespread remedial action.

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ID Code: 63458
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Armstrong, Keith & Spurgeon, Christina
Keywords: artist, complexity, ecocide, ecological thinking, deep ecology, mythology, practice-led research, Quantum Narratives, relationships, storytelling, transdisciplinarity, transformation
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2013 02:49
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 05:27

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