Learning from The Commons: a keystone towards a rewildered Future (2020)

Stefan Laxness

This work is a video atlas exploring the relation between environmental restoration and re-inhabitation in rural Europe. The atlas is composed of images, videos, and interviews collected during field trips to rural Salamanca, Zamora, and Galicia, Spain. It presents two separate conditions. First, rural areas of Spain suffering from depopulation and land abandonment, and second, an indigenous community restoring their common woodland through collective action. The work can be shown as a single or two-channel video projection.

The artist employed open-source environmental sensing techniques by creating cameras to capture the rate of photosynthesis in plants. Rigging them to a simple helium balloon, he undertook a series of ‘sensory walks’ to register different processes affecting the land. Slowly moving through the brush, navigating the spatial threshold of communal land, private property, and abandoned parcels, these walks provide a low-tech near sensing of these conditions.

The work is part of an ongoing investigation exploring environmental restoration as a process of resistance and posits that a network of territorial commons could become a key framework for re-inhabiting our rural areas and generate participatory environmental restoration projects.

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Genre
multiScreenVideoInstallationSculpture
Methods
dataVisualisation
Themes
Art And Science
science
research
geography
botany
cartography
Nature And Environment
landscape
agriculture
sustainability
globalwarming
geology
ecosystem
vegetation
Power And Politics
sovereignty
Society And Culture
community
activism
Technology And Innovation
community
activism