In a message dated 5/18/2008 1:48:26 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
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Environment 2.0: Through Cracks in the Pavement
Leonardo Guest Editor: Drew Hemment
The second call for papers of the Leonardo special project
Lovely Weather: Artists and Scientists on the Cultural
Context of Climate Change seeks new cross-disciplinary
thinking on sustainability in urban environments, with a
focus on creative intervention, social change and
In urban environments we are separated from the consequences
of our actions as surely as the tarmac of the road cuts us
off from the earth beneath. This physical boundary
encourages a phenomenological separation. It is also a
symptom and a driver of a global reliance on the private car
and fossil fuel. But between the cracks in the pavement,
another world flourishes---local activism, recycling,
environmental collectives, permaculture, urban gardening.
Artistic and social projects can widen the cracks in the
pavements. Such creative innovations might be artworks,
social entrepreneurship, scientific intervention or
innovations that harness everyday creativity. They might
seek to decode the complex relationships between people,
nature and technology in urban settings. Or they might be
conceived as interventions that can help contribute to
profound social change, or suggest alternative possibilities
for or critical perspectives on sustainability.
A new relationship is emerging as computing migrates into
the environment. When the Earth is mapped, tagged and
digitized, it ceases to be inert raw material and becomes
instead navigable, computable and manipulable. How will this
affect the way that industrial societies have viewed the
environment as a resource to be exploited and tamed?
Leonardo is soliciting texts that document the works of
artists, researchers, and scholars involved in the
exploration of sustainability in urban environments. Themes
and issues may include:
• Sustainability in urban environments
• Ubiquitous, pervasive, locative and mobile communication
• Growing community
• Sowing seeds of social change.
Linked activity includes an Urban Climate Camp forum at
ISEA2008 in Singapore in August 2008, and an exhibition and
workshop at Futuresonic 2009 in Manchester, U.K., during May
2009, < _http://www.futuresonic.com_ (http://www.futuresonic.com) >.
Submissions are welcome
in all linked strands of activity.
Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts or proposals to
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