[ISEA2022] Paper: Michał Krawczak & Agnieszka Jelewska — Spectrograms of the environment: entangled human and nonhuman histories


Full Paper. Session: Futures and Heritages / Histories and collections

Keywords: spectrocartography, hybrid spaces, digiplace, digital archive, cultural trauma

The article discusses the use of the proprietary spectrocartography research method to study the interdependencies between history, forms of landscape design, colonization mechanisms, green areas management, processes of ecological degradation, and urban policies. This method involves carrying out research using various data from the fields of sound ecology, biocommunication, botany, ecology, and environmental psychology, as well as methodology from the field of art-based research and art & science. The genesis and hidden ideology contained in the design of the artificial lake Elsensee-Rusałka, which was dug in Poznań by Jewish prisoners of war during World War II, as well as post-war and modern forms of the revitalization of the lake area and adjacent green areas, are analyzed in detail. The ultimate goal of the research project is to create an open experimental digital archive relating to the concept of hybrid space, digiplace, and augmented reality, in which all the data obtained during the research will be collected. These data will be used to create a new form of storytelling, taking into account historical asynchrony, nonhuman actors, and the space itself as a causative entity.

  • Agnieszka Jelewska, Professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, Deputy Dean of Department of Anthology and Cultural Studies and director of Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center AMU. She has served as a visiting fellow at Kent University, Cantenbury, UK. She held lectures and workshops at Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, Emerson College Boston, Folkwang Universität der Kunst, Essen. Jelewska has authored and co-edited books Sensorium. Essays on Art and Technology (2012 in Polish), Ecotopias. The Expansion of Technoculture (2013 in Polish), Art and Technology in Poland. From Cybercommunism to the Culture of Makers (2014, as editor); and number of articles. She examines the transdisciplinary relations between science, art, culture, and technology in the 20th and 21st century, their social and political dimension. She is also a curator and co-creator of art and science projects: Transnature is Here (2013); Post-Apocalypsis (2015) – awarded golden medal from PQ 2016; Anaesthesia (2016); PostHuman Data (2019). http://artandsciencestudies.com/en
  • Michał Krawczak, assistant professor at Anthropology and Cultural Studies Department (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland), co-founder and program director of Humanities /Art /Technology Research Center. Author of texts about media arts, editor of book Post-technological experiences. Art-Science-Culture (2019). Researcher, designer, and curator of art and science projects, such as Transnature is Here (2013), Post-Apocalypsis (2015), Anaesthesia (2016), Artropocene (2017). His main research fields are postdigital studies and media ecologies. http://artandsciencestudies.com/en