2020, Sat, Oct 31

Social Witnessing

With Ravi Agarwal, Michelle Lai, Paulina Lopez, Huiying Ng, moderated by Christoph Rosol

Witnessing the precise ways in which a changing landscape develops requires a number of different accounts, traces and ways of documenting that can be difficult to pin down. These two case study presentations focus on two very different landscapes and attempt to describe the changing relationships that have made them over time.

11.30 am
The Desert of the Anthropocene
Ravi Agarwal & Paulina Lopez

Through a compendium of images, archival materials, maps and videos, artists and researchers Ravi Agarwal and Paulina Lopez share their ongoing project that formulates personal memories of Agarwal’s desert homeland near the city of Jaisalmer, India. Jaisalmer’s “barren” landscape has been forever altered following the construction of a 650 km canal, running from the city to the Indus Valley, as part of a postcolonial modernization process.

12.10 pm
Re-Earthing Through Collective Study: Finding a Social Semiotics of Agroecological Futures
Ng Huiying & Michelle Lai

Geographers Huiying Ng and Michelle Lai render a spatial ethnography of the urbanizing landscape of Thailand's Chiang Mai province and describe their relationship to alternative agroecology.