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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Author(s): Adderley, W Paul
Young, Michael
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Title: Here is now and there the sound of the land: ground-breaking
Citation: Adderley WP & Young M (2008) Here is now and there the sound of the land: ground-breaking In:, Prague: CIANT International Centre for Art and New Technologies. Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts Sciences, 8.11.2007 - 10.11.2007, Prague, Czech Republic, p. 19.
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Conference Name: Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts Sciences
Conference Dates: 2007-11-08T00:00:00Z
Conference Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Abstract: Scientific and Sonic Perceptions of the African Sahel: Societies are often required to react to extreme events that arise through either anthropogenic or natural processes. Such extremity might be measured is in terms of its immediacy and intensity; it demands comprehension against understood norms. For example, our present-day debate on future climatic change is driven by scientific assertion, reinforced by evidence gathered from both instrument and indirect proxy measurements, whilst the varying societal responses are predicated by everyday cultural experiences. In contrast, places considered to offer experiences at the boundaries of or outside the everyday, e.g. hot and cold deserts, provide a different conception of extreme. In this conception, change and the rates of change typically lack context, validation and position within everyday norms. Consequently, it is within such surroundings that the greatest tension occurs between the perception of place and rates of change. While the methodologies of science and art practice are often respectively considered positivistic and non-rational, both are in fact able to investigate the extreme in this context. Whether or not such characterisations are legitimate, the obvious epistemological differences both illuminate and problematise our understanding. In this paper we describe a real-time generative installation commissioned from the authors by the UK Research Councils called Ground-breaking: Extreme Landscapes in Grains and Pixels that attempts to explore and test these differences. Further examples are available at
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