Fiona Curran's practice-related PhD considers the role of visual and material practices since the 1960s in relation to the environmental impact of new technologies and anthropogenic climate change, focusing on the critical significance of landscape in examining conditions of power in the context of 21st century late-capitalism.
Foregrounding a politics of planetarity ‘landscape’ is investigated as site (material) and sight (representation) and specific geographic territories and tropes are examined in relation to the signifying and material practices that shape them. In the process this research project maps the disparate, overlapping and competing claims of a range of human and non-human actors in the Anthropocene.
Working with strategies of assemblage, texts, installations and objects explore the relations of materials to processes, sites and the social and cultural contexts of production and presentation. This research project is centred on three interrelated concepts - territory, acceleration and entropy, and draws theoretically from a range of interdisciplinary references including the work of Paul Virilio, Bruno Latour, Peter Sloterdijk, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, David Harvey, J.G.Ballard and Robert Smithson.
Key words: Acceleration, Anthropocene, decolonialism, ecology, environmental ethics, landscape, new materialism, planetarity, social geography, technosphere.