Seeing double in art and geoscience

3D aerial portraits of 'lost' Anthropocene landscapes

Simon A. Mould*

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    Relationships between humans and environments are deeply challenged by recognition of the Anthropocene, which implicates humans as major drivers of planetary-scale environmental changes. Responding to these challenges requires technical expertise, but also creativity in dealing with complex social, cultural and political relationships of place. This paper introduces Relief as an art project that repurposes historical aerial photographs for the creation of affective, low-tech 3D experiences of landscapes and their histories. The creation of these works, and the experience of viewing them, offer a process for witnessing change in the Anthropocene. Content and aesthetics bring viewers into different ways of seeing landscapes, with implications for outreach and communication, as well as approaches to situating science and scientist in relation to society, politics and place. This art project leads into discussion of human agents and non-human agents as co-producers of landscapes, and the opportunities for art and science to respond to environmental concerns.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)92-101
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Maps
    Issue number3
    Early online date18 Nov 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    • Critical physical geography
    • environmental change
    • geomorphology
    • Snowy Mountains
    • visualisation
    • witnessing

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