Deep mapping the river: a palimpsest

Selina Springett

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This fictocritical essay is the story of an urban waterway as reflected through layers of human and ecological history. The essay follows the form of a palimpsest of writing exploring the cumulative and generative iteration of research and creative practice. It reflects the Cooks River in Sydney, Australia, a liminal region, where natural and urban environments converge and interrogates how such spaces retain stories that have been shaped and scarred by an anthropocentric idea of urbanization often at odds with the underlying natural ecology. The river, although altered, exists as a near immutable object, enduring as a constant within place and through time, now and in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBorderlines
Subtitle of host publicationessays on mapping and the logic of place
EditorsRuthie Abeliovich, Edwin Seroussi
Place of PublicationWarsaw, Poland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783110623758, 9783110623802
ISBN (Print)9783110623741
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • Cartography--History
  • River health
  • deep mapping
  • fictocriticism
  • sound art
  • Performance art--Australia
  • Art and ecology

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