Environmental agency in more-than human commons

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Abstract

Post-industrial ruins have in the past years been the breeding ground for various expressions of cultural production, and during the pandemic urban nature became a sanctuary for walking and meeting. In a Nordic urban planning context, we have witnesses how former garbage dumps, and post-industrial landscape have become sites of value offering escape from an accelerated urban life.

Taking the point of departure in the Performative Urbanism Lab’s explorations of such post-industrial landscapes in Copenhagen, the chapter explores nature-culture entanglements. Such urban landscapes enact environmental performativity in which remembrance, regeneration and nature-culture awareness relates to Anthropocene damage (Ingold 1993, Tsing 2017, Gandy & Jasper 2020, Gandy 2021). The chapter develops the notion of more-than human commons by exploring the agencies and relationality between species and environmental actors.
Drawing on a post-human framework, the three post-industrial sites will be analyzed as entangled nature-cultures asking what role does the environment play as post-human heritage? If environmental agencies emerge through for instance plant agency and post-industrial nature-culture entanglements, how should such landscapes be preserved and by whom? Through embodied and affective attunements such as walking, the chapter will write into multiple agencies of post-industrial landscapes.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelArts, Heritage and performative politics
ForlagEdward Elgar Publishing
StatusAfsendt - 2024

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