Thursday, 10th March 2022 4pm
Computation Otherwise: Carbon Endings and Regenerative Practice
Dr. Helen V. Pritchard i-DAT, University of Plymouth/The Institute of Technology in the Public Interest
As a response to the endings of carbon-based energy there have been many techno-utopian solutions for communities––grounded within imaginaries of survival, repair and resilience. Such emerging imaginations and politics remain powerfully attached to the image of the individual and their “smooth life” maintained by computational infrastructure and continuous energy. Instead, in this talk we will discuss working towards modes of regenerative practice, informatics for carbon endings, indeterminacy and the de-presencing of technosolutionism. In particular engaging with collaborative projects that attempt to practice a “computation otherwise” through sensing, hotspotting, and queering damage. I will discuss our work on pollution sensing with Citizen Sense; the Underground Division a collective research project on techniques, technologies and infrastructures of subsurface rendering and their promises; the project “Regenerative Energy Communties” in which artists, designers and farmers work together on regenerative imaginaries for energy; and the work of “The Institute of Technology in the Public Interest”.