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      Andscapes: As the Bug Crawls

      Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021 (POM 2021)
      debate and devise concepts and practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of science
      September 14-17, 2021
      Andscape, Andmeter, Assemblage, Cartography, Scalability, Situatedness, Temporality


            Borrowing landscape architect Martin Prominski’s term ‘andscape’, this essay attempts to forge a link between two definitions of andscape: on the one hand, as a non-dualistic approach to environment that productively problematises distinctions of subject-object, nature-culture; and, on the other hand, as emerging from an artistic practice in landscape that is rooted in epistemological questions concerning empirical measurement. My point of departure for thinking about andscapes here is a critical look at the default perspective of distance across landscapes: distance as the crow flies. A literal top-down cartographic perspective – the global point of view of satellites, planes, drones – flattens a landscape’s surface irregularities and renders the distance between two points smooth and two-dimensional. But what might be learned about a landscape if we measure its distance from a more surficial, earthbound perspective – for instance, from a bug’s point of view? If we adopt the practice of measuring as the bug crawls, what temporalities and qualities of the Earth’s surface might surface through this action? And while this practice troubles notions of scalability, what gains can be made in valuing specificity? Moreover, could an artistic read of the physical resistance of roughness evoke a political resistance to smoothness?


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            September 2021
            September 2021
            : 159-171
            [0001]Berlin, Germany
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