Solastalgia. Water, Desert, Vegetation
Mål og innhald
This course uses the concept of ¿Solastalgia¿ as a vantage point to reflect on and develop a practice around landscape and environment. The notion of Solastalgia was defined by the philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003 as a psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change. It can refer to climate change, but also more local disasters, such as drought, mining activity, and water pollution.
The course extends from the Desert Dwelling research project that Christine Hansen and Line Anda Dalmar initiated in 2018:www.researchcatalogue.net/profile/show-exposition?exposition=470771
Solastalgia will build on the knowledge gained from Desert Dwelling, but expand the scope. It will encourage and foster discussion on artistic strategies that could transform environmental distress into productive art practices. On the one hand, using the concept of Solastalgia, the course will focus on the psychological aspects of climate change. On the other hand, it will discuss practices that utilize documentary methods in relation to landscape. The aim is to contribute to critical reflection in the field. In addition, the focus on landscape and environment plays into an urgent political issue. While many agree that it is important to protect the landscape, it is also important to conduct a thorough critical discussion about the means that we use to observe and document the landscape. On what grounds do we base our knowledge? How could this impact our distress?
Krav til forkunnskapar
None, but MA students will be admitted first
Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning
The course will be a series of seminars consisting of lectures, readings, film screenings, and a field trip. The course will also involve internal partners across different media and external partners with expertise in the field, who will be invited to give lectures and workshops.
Students will contribute to the course and the content. The course will focus on how the students can find their own words and practice in their relation to landscape and climate change.
We will do smaller trips in Bergen and one field trip to Engebøfjellet i Naustdal commune. This is the site of an environmental dispute (connected to mining), which has received attention in recent years. We will work on site and speak with the mining company and members of the community.