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Around infrastructures: artistic practices and climate change


Around infrastructures: artistic practices and climate change


Around infrastructures: artistic practices and climate change


Around infrastructures: artistic practices and climate change



Developing artistic practices that respond in a proactive way to the challenges posed by climate change for media infrastructural territories in Rio de Janeiro.




- Creating an exhibition on the topic, which will be titled "Senses of Connection" 

- Publishing a book to share the creative process and its reflections

- Launching a website to share histories, narratives, imaginaries, a glossary, and reflections about the infrastructural territories.


  1. Literature Review and Analysis: July 2023 to February 2024

  2.  Survey and Analysis of Artistic Practices: July 2023 to February 2024

  3. Glossary Development: From November 2023 to February 2025

  4. Field Visits to Infrastructural Territories: November 2024 to April 2024

  5. Creative Processes and Artistic Practices in Territories: December 2023 to November 2024

  6. Creation of a Website: April to November 2024

  7. Offering Undergraduate Minicourse/Workshop: 2024

  8. Postgraduate Course "Earth forces, infrastructures, and artistic practices": 2024

  9. Presentation of Partial Results at Scientific Events: 2023/2024/2025

  10. Exhibition: June 2025

  11. Production and Publication of Artist's Book: January to June 2025

  12. Writing the Final Report: July 2025


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- Communication and mediation strategies for climate action (Susan Doyle).


- Experiment of "art-based research" in Media/Communication studies

- The adaptation of data center and submarine cable industries to climate change and the "green transition" (Anne Pasek, Mél Hogan, Nicole Starosielski)


- The materiality and terrestriality of infrastructures (Jussi Parikka, Marcela Suárez Estrada, Sebastian Lehuadé).


- Recognition and generation of infrastructural affects (Lisa Parks) and resilience imaginaries (Luke Munn).

- Attention to the ideologies surrounding infrastructures in practice, beyond the imaginaries that envelop them (Niels ten Oever).


- Art, perception of climate change, and infrastructural proprioception (challenges of scale).


- Projected expectations by science regarding art in relation to climate change.


- Critique of the spectacularization of climate change with the aesthetics of the sublime in contemporary art


- Transmedia fiction as a method for individual and collaborative creative processes in perceiving and imagining infrastructural territories.


- Fiction-based exhibition


- Art's ability to project possible variations of social reality and highlight limitations in the knowledge systems through which we make sense of the world.





The workshop involved the participation of artist-researchers (supervisor Walmeri Ribeiro and also Ananda Carvalho, Bárbara Lito, Fernanda Branco, João Eliel, Júlia Brasil) and a spontaneous local audience (Sávio).

Following breathing and meditation practices conducted by Walmeri Ribeiro and a discussion about the local history of the beach, which encompasses Afro-Brazilian ritual practices, the theme of submarine cables was addressed. The discussion delved into their history in Rio de Janeiro since 1873 and the current presence of fiber optic cables at Macumba Beach.


Subsequently, I invited participants to propose collective multisensory encounters with surfaces of submarine cable infrastructures - manholes and the submarine cable station building - and erosion control infrastructures (embodiment practices).

Additionally, efforts were made to create a buzz in the neighborhood about submarine cables and climate change by encouraging participants to engage in random conversations with locals on the topic (place-making practices).


Finally, participants were prompted to create a microfiction grounded in the experience of engaging with people, embodiment practices, and emplacement.

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Multisensorial encounter with erosion control infrastructure proposed by Fernando Branco and Walmeri Ribeiro

Selected Quotes

"Art practices that instead [of the sublime aesthetics] overcome such classical and hierarchical paradigms hold the potential to open up different perceptions and perhaps even encourage action. They clarify the many ineluctable dissonances that we experience every day as we lead our CO2-intensive lives even while worrying about the climate crisis. Moving beyond the frame of individual consumer subjects, they can pave the way toward joint political actions outside of museums, where art and protest meet" (Schneider, 2021, p. 272)

"As such, an intentional message and explicit outcome should not be an expectation of arts engagement with climate change. Indeed, my own responses to art and climate change have been strongest when existing art works are reinterpreted through the lens of climate change (e.g. Gormley and Hatoum), or when art that may have been inspired by climate change is not instrumental or obvious in its message, instead seeking to make us question what it means to be human, and revealing the limitations of the knowledge systems through which we make sense of the world (e.g. Twomey) in the hope of generating new social realities. If climate change is not merely to provide ‘art with a new narrative’ (RSAArts and Ecology 2010), then collaborative projects between artists and different disciplines or groups of people may facilitate more meaningful and diverse cultural responses to climate change, moving images of climate change away from the obvious to help facilitate more meaningful, present and human centred responses to climate change." (Doyle, 2019, p. 156)

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