Join us for a public lecture with architect and researcher Nerea Calvillo.
How can we know about the environments that refuse to be sensed? About environments sensed through bodies in pain? How can we recognize what we/it is sensing? Is sensing a mediation, and if so, can it be environmental?
These questions are addressed through Aeropolis, a conceptual, methodological and discursive framework to think about air and its pollution as material, situated, embodied and socio-technical assemblages.
As a transfeminist project, Aeropolis embraces the multiplicity of ways the air and its pollution are conceptualized, suffered and dealt with. In particular, the presentation unpacks different ways of air sensing, from institutional monitoring networks to DIY citizen science projects to physical perceptions of pollution, to identify what counts as evidence in toxic regimes, who does the sensing and what exactly is being sensed.
As a design and political project, Aeropolis aims to multiply the spaces of intervention through Environmental Mediations, experimental artefacts to sense differently in and within our polluted worlds.
About Nerea Calvillo
Nerea Calvillo is an associate professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick). Her research explores the material, technological, political and social dimensions of environmental pollution at the intersection between architecture, feminist studies of technoscience, new materialisms and queer political ecologies. Calvillo established the architecture firm, C+arquitectas, based in Madrid and London, and initiated in 2008 the collaborative research project In the Air, to explore different forms of sensing air pollution. Her work has been published and exhibited in international venues, like the Royal Academy of Arts (UK), Canadian Centre for Architecture (CA), Laboral Centro de Arte y Produccion Industrial (SP) or the Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago de Chile (CH). Currently, Calvillo is working on the manuscript of Aeropolis: Queering air in toxic polluted worlds.
About the talk
Calvillo’s talk on “Environmental Mediations, Sensing Aeropolis” is co-hosted by the Design and Aesthetics for Environmental Data project (Aarhus University) and the Aarhus School of Architecture, in addition, to support from the Humans and IT research program (Aarhus University).