Spectrograms of the environment: entangled human and nonhuman histories (A. Jelewska, M. Krawczak)

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.

Krawczak M, Jelewska A. Spectrograms of the environment: entangled human and nonhuman histories. W: Alsina P, Vila I, Tesconi S, Soler-Adillon J, Mor E, red. Possibles. Proceedings of 27 International Symposium on Electronic Art. ISEA International; 2022:376–382.

prof. AMU dr. hab. Agnieszka Jelewska
dr Michał Krawczak