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P006


Aesthetic engagement: sensitisation, metrology & commoning 
Convenors:
Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Mike Michael (University of Exeter)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel explores how ‘commoning’ operates with regard to metrology and metrological assemblages that mediate between aesthetic experience and knowledge practices and how these sensitise the researcher and researched to contemporary concerns regarding environmental and climate crisis.

Long Abstract:

Aesthetics – understood ontologically rather than phenomenologically – is a central feature of how socio-material events unfold insofar as the elements that compose such events make themselves commonly available to one another. Such ‘commoning’ entails the researcher as well as the researched in the process of the research event. This panel explores how this commoning operates with regard to metrology and metrological assemblages that mediate between aesthetic experience and knowledge practices. Specifically, we ask: how do modes of sensitization and measurement become available to – in common with - that which they measure? This is not a straightforward question as that which metrological devices measure are complexly configured to include not only the ‘thing’ being measured against an accredited ‘scale’, but a panoply of things and a heterogeneity of scales (including what might be call ‘lay metrologies’) that can implicate the socio-material, the affective, the narrative, the economic, and so on. The panel will focus on how we can operationalise this broad schema of commoning through aesthetic engagement practices that draw on social science, design, artistic disciplines and the environmental humanities. We are particularly interested in empirical examples or proposals ideally those that address contemporary climate crisis and environmental concerns as well as frameworks such as the Anthropocene or Chthulucene.

Accepted papers: