Energetic A/r/tographies

A workshop with Natasha Lushetich, Rowan Lear & Joel White

26th June, 2024

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee

A/r/tography is a host of practice-based methods of inquiry attentive to contiguity and resonance, motion and materiality, possibility and potentiality (Irwin 2005; 2024). It articulates exchanges, configurations, and contagions through techniques such as notation (e.g. musical, choreographic, intermedial); measurement (e.g. iconic, numeric, spectral) or maps (e.g. aural, olfactory, tactile, visual).

As a force, process, capacity, sensorial quality, chemical property, and ability to do work, energy is all around us. Beyond the sun, wind, fire, tides and oceans, embodied and disembodied labour (human, animal or machinic), it can be found in materials such as crystals, glass, or steel; in viscous liquids such as honey or custard; in chemical elements such as helium or mercury; in objects such as springs and magnets; in processes such as compression, coagulation, or vibration; and in phenomena such as morphic resonance.

This workshop is part of the 2023 – 2027 AHRC-funded project ENERGY: A Philosophy of Practice. The main aim of the project is to reformulate the utilitarian concept of energy by paying attention to the less known, artistic, creative, idiosyncratic, or culturally minoritised energy concepts and practices. A further aim is to articulate energy as a flux-potentiality continuum (rather than a source-end-use relation) with complex spatial, temporal, environmental and cross-species relationships, and with reticular (rather than linear) causality where micro-level change is the key dynamic.
We are interested in how energetic shapes and formations, trajectories, transductions and mutations, can be mapped, measured and notated across ‘running’ and deep time, and across species: animals, plants and machines, past and present. To this end, we invite a/r/tographic participation from creative practitioners (artists, designers, architects, urbans planners, musicians and/or poets) and theorists (philosophers and critical scholars from any expanded-Humanities discipline, including Energy Humanities).

The workshop will run from 10 am – 5 pm on Wed the 26th of June 2024, inclusive of (vegetarian) lunch, which will be provided. It will consist of a series of embodied, sonic, visual, and object-based activities and individual, small-group, and plenary sessions. Parts of the workshop will be documented, and participants will be required to sign consent forms. Please note the partial participation is not possible.

Admission is free however application and registration are required. Please send a CV and a short (250 w max) description of how your work fits the workshop theme, methods and scope, to: ENERGYPhilosophyofPractice@dundee.ac.uk by 24 May 2024. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 June 2024.